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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Morritt's Grand Resort in
Cayman Islands

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael L Lewis, VA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 6043
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay above 100 ft, don't go into deco, and have fun.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Not a photographer but there is a seperate rinse bucket for cameras and
some table space on all the boats if needed.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Ocean Frontiers is an outstanding dive operation that is truly service
oriented.  If you are of the mind, they will provide valet diving for your
entire stay - you bring your gear the first day and after that they will
haul it to/from the boat, set it up for each dive, and rinse/hang it after
the dive.  It's as close to being on a live-aboard as you can get while
staying on land.  The boat captains and dive masters (Maui and Elliot were
especially good) provide good site briefs at every location and will either
lead your dive or allow you and your buddy to dive your own profile.  They
go out of their way to please the divers and can fix almost any problem
that may arise.  As with most places, some sites are better than others but
they can all be outstanding under the right conditions.  It seemed that the
corals and fish life were recovering somewhat this year.  While there are
not the schools upon schools of reef fish that were there 10 years ago, it
was definately improving this year, a trend that will hopefully continue.
Safety is OC's first concern and they do everything in their power to keep
divers safe.  With all the bad press of divers being left at sea, I watched
the boat captain at the end of one dive subtely counting and recounting the
divers on board the boat.  All the tanks were there but he was missing a
body.  One person had gone below deck to use the head and you could see the
relief in the captain's body language when he saw him come back up on deck
because we weren't moving until all were accounted for.  This is the norm
for OC.
There were several people completing their open water certifications while
we were there, our 16 year old niece being one of them, and the instructors
take great care in ensuring that the students are not only properly trained
but understand how to dive safely and be environmentally responsible.  She
is the 4th person we have had trained by OC and there has never been even
the slightest problem in their training.  This is directly due to GM and
head instructior TJ Staples - she runs a tight ship and you can count on
things being done right.  I highly recommend Ocean Fontiers for both
beginner and experienced divers.
There is now a resort on site and they have recently completed their 3rd
building.  We have not stayed there but have talked to several folks that
said it was nice.  We stayed at the Morritt's Grand which is 5 minutes down
the road.  We had a 2-bedroom penthouse condo on the water with a full
kitchen, dining area, living room, and washer/dryer.  Cayman is relatively
expensive so we are able to cook a good part of the time and save some
restaurant expenses.  Having the W/D also cuts down on the clothes we need
to haul - a great thing with growing airline fees.  One thing to note: each
condo is on a seperate utility meter and you will be charged for electric
at the end of each week - our weekly bill is usually $120-$150.  There is a
restaurant on site, 3 pools (two with swim-up bars and hot tubs), a dock
bar with entertainment some nights, water sports and enough beach for
everyone.  We were there for 2 weeks and could have stayed longer.  There
is also a "strip mall" just down the street that has a small
grocery store, a liquer store, a clothing/souvenier shop and a Dunkin'
Donuts if you need a fix.  Overall, I would recommend Morritt's.
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