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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point in
Cayman Islands

February, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John Wycoff, MI, USA
Report Number 1658
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Playacar, St. Lucia, Maiu and Kona
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Ocean Frontiers dive staff gave a dive briefing before each dive, but each
diver was allowed to dive their own profile if they had a dive computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
We attended the "Digi-jam 2005" which was a Cayman Island
competetion for underwater digital photography.  This one week yealry event
had many of the top underwater photographers from around the world along
with beginners competeing for a wide array of great prizes.  

At Ocean Frontiers, nightly instruction of digital photography was given. 
These 1 to 2 hour classes provided tremendous instruction for the beginner
or accomplished underwater photographer.  This is a tremendous event and
one that any serious digital photographer should put on their list to
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Grand Cayman Island was struck by Hurricane Ivan on September 12, 2004. 
This category 5 hurricane brought tremendous damage to most of the island. 
We were on the island when it struck and returned in late January, 2005.

The change in the island over that 4 month period was truely remarkable. 
Although you could see the damage of Ivan, most of the island looked

Compass Point condominiums were in nearly perfect condition.  Some
reconstruction was still on going but was never an issue for the guests. 
These condominiums are all ocean front with large spacious balconies
overlooking the ocean just steps away.  Our 2 bedroom unit had nearly 1200
square feet of room and was furnished in beautiful colors and with great
furniture.  Large kitchens with corian countertops, dishwasher,
refrigerator with ice maker, stove with range and microwave.  A washer and
dryer are found in each unit and allowed us to bring much less clothing
(who needs many clothes when the weather each day is in the low-mid 80's
with no rain!).

Our ocean-side bedroom had a patio door opening onto the balcony.  Each
bathroom was spacious with a jacuzzi bath tub.  What a luxury!  Three
televisions, DVD player and stereo are in each unit.  Daily maid service
and clean plush towels and bathrobes were an unexpected luxury.

Ocean Frontiers is a true 5-star dive operation.  We have had the
opportunity to dive all over the world and have never seen the detail to
service and pride of diving as exhibited by the entire Ocean Frontier's
dive staff.  From the minute you book your stay and diving over the
Internet with Lesley, to the greeting you receive from Fraser or Simon at
the front desk, you feel important.  Every member of the Ocean Frontiers
staff will know your name by the second day of your stay.  You drop off
your dive gear when you arrive and OF places your gear into a secure room
tagged with your name.  Each morning you will find your gear already set up
on the dive boat and ready to be used. Any request you need will be dealt
with in a quick fashion. 

The dive sites of the East End are only 3 to 20 minutes from the dock.  A
through briefing, complete with detailed diagrams, are given by the
competent dive staff before each dive.  Extreme care is taken by the staff
to insure that each diver enjoys there dive experience, no matter what
their level of experience should be.  It is by far and away the most
professional dive operation we have ever had the privilege of diving with.

The reefs on the East End of the Cayman Islands are truly spectacular.  No
signficant damage from the hurricanes this past year can be seen.  The
intricate swim throughs along with incredible wall diving makes this dive
destination a must for any serious diver.  The fish life from the small
critters to 10 foot reef sharkes are spectacular.  A large number of
lobsters, crabs, turtles, angel fish and all the usually carribean fish are
in abundance in the waters of the Cayman Islands. Water temperature with
around 80 degrees with visability around 100 feet each and every day.  We
did experience a failry constant wind which is typical of this time of
year, so we spend much of our dive time on the leeward south side of the
island.  A couple to days we did venture to the north side (20 - 30 minutes
from the dock) for some more great diving.

Ocean Frontiers has two dive boats.  The Ocean Hawk is a 40 foot V-hulled
dive boat with a large dive platform and two ladders to ease you way back
onto the boat.  A clean water bucket is available for your camera equipment
along with a dedicated camera counter.  This boat can carry 12 divers for
two-tank dives very comfortably.  You can sit on the bow of the boat and
enjoy the ride with you feet hanging over the edge.  A head in on each

The other boat is a catamarran style boat named the Nauti-Cat.  It is an
older boat but very adequate for diving.  Although it is a little slower
that Ocean Hawk, it functions quite well.  It also can handle 12 divers for
a two-tank dive without problem and also is easy to get on and off of.

After your diving is complete there is plenty to do at Compass Point.  The
beach is great with plenty of chaise lounges available to let you sun bathe
to your heart's content.  A pool with new large surrounding deck will allow
you to "cool-off" after a difficult afternoon.  Bicycles are
avaiable at no charge is you want to take a ride around the island.  Kayaks
are available for those who seek new challenges.  There is very little
traffic around this side of the island so a slow gentle walk either along
the road or ocean side can provide a great end to a great day.  A
restuarant with fast food (hamburgers, chicken & pizza) is located just
across the street.  Several fine restuarants are located just a few minutes
via car from the resort. 

If you plan to visit Grand Cayman, be sure and check out the East End.  We
have dove for many years on the West and North sides of Grand Cayman. 
Although the diving in these areas is very good, it pales by comparison to
the diving available on the east side.  

If you are looking for a premier dive destination, with some of the best
accomadations available anywhere, with incredible diving and a dive
operator that is second to none, then Compass Point and Ocean Frontiers is
the place for you.  Have a great trip!

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