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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman-east end

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dean and Lori Conrad, tx, usa (1 report)
Report Number 5127
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Saba, Utila, Roatan, Hawaii, Maui, Florida
Keys, Fiji, Little Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
max depth and time suggested but computer divers allowed to dive own
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Dedicated camera buckets and tables on boats, no shore facilities.  Crew
was great with handling cameras in and out of the water
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Ocean Frontiers is quite possibly the best overall dive op we've
encountered in more than a dozen years of diving.  Crew members were
friendly, professional, hard-working, knowledgeable, and were happy to
guide dives or let buddy teams dive their own profiles.  They made an
effort to find sites with little current and better viz, although the viz
was generally disappointing. Ocean Hawk and Eastern Skies boats are
spacious and they do not overload them. We were lucky to visit during the
coral spawning and that was the most incredible night dive we've ever done.
Our favorite daytime dive trip was the 3-tank safari to the north side.  We
were particularly impressed with the crew's response that day when a diver
on our boat began exhibiting DCS symptoms. She was immediately put on o2
and the captain radioed for an ambulance to meet us at a nearby resort. 
(The diver experienced complete resolution of her symptoms after about 2.5
hours of recompression treatment).  Our 1-BR condo was sufficiently
equipped, clean, comfortable and convenient. Housekeeping service is
minimal, but the view can't be beat, and we loved having an in-unit
washer-dryer.  Just don't forget to pick up laundry detergeant in town
before you head east.  It's a long drive from Georgetown, but scenic if you
are traveling in the daylight.  If you are arriving late and renting a car,
consider reserving with Avis.  It was the only agency still open when we
arrived late on a Saturday night.  Would love to see Compass Point add an
onsite restaurant.  Skip the Wednesday night "divers' night"
barbecue at the pool.  The Sunday night fish fry on the beach in East End
Village (next to the Texaco) is worth the experience.  We also enjoyed
takeout from Rankin's Jerk Center near Savannah.  If you are traveling with
a non-diving companion, Compass Point is probably not the best place to
stay, unless he or she is happy reading a book by the pool.  The
"beach" is a bit mucky and there is lots of turtle grass.  It
makes for some interesting snorkeling, but it's no Seven Mile Beach. 
However, if you are looking for comfortable accommodations, convenient
diving and a serene location away from the cruise ship hustle and bustle,
we highly recommend it!
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