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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/The Reef Resort in
Cayman Islands

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jay Harmer, CA, USA
Report Number 816
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean from Turks & Cacos to Bonaire to Cozumel and Pacific from
Southern California to Marshal Islands to Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft max 1st dive no time limit w/t computers or tables, 60 ft max 2nd
dive, no time limit w/t computers or tables.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
On airline food service or when a snack is not a snack.  On our Continental
flights a snack is now a cup of beverage, they will leave the can if you
beg, and a bag of pretzels.  The breakfast was cold cereal, milk, some
sort of crunchy bar, and a bag of raisins.  Wouldnt it be better if there
were some description of what they were serving?  

Located on the east end of the island this the Cayman Reef Resort is away
form the bustle of downtown Georgetown.  The downside is this necessitated
a rental car and 45 minute, but pleasant, drive form the airport.  The car
was also necessary to reach the rather dispersed restaurants and shops on
this end of the island.  The resort/timeshare was nicely maintained with a
friendly staff and our room had A/C, a ceiling fan, whirlpool tub and a
patio with a view of the sand beach and pier plus a hurricane shelter
entry.  A plus is it had a coin laundry in addition to an on site
restaurant, tennis court, and beach toy rentals.  

However, promoted as a luxury boutique resort the hotel was lacking in
daily maid service, only once each week we were told, with daily towel
exchange that was spotty at best.  The on site dive shop was well stocked
but the boat dock was about 10 minutes away.  

Ocean Frontiers is one of the better run dive operations that I have
encountered.  We dove from their aluminum jet drive dive boats with robust
3000+, after sitting in the sun, fills and 5 10 minutes trips.  The crew
was friendly and courteous with elaborate, maybe to lengthy, dive briefings
including whiteboard drawings.  After the safety intonations, 110 feet max
1st dive, 60 feet max 2nd,with computers, find the boat at 1000 psi, return
with 500 psi, we were offered either guided or unguided dives.  The reefs
and sea life on this less impacted end of the island were good with large
fish, abundant tropicals, small rays, and turtles, on most of the dives. 
Upon return Ocean Frontiers would rinse and store or gear and have it ready
on the boat for the next days dives.  They also had showers and changing
rooms at the pier.  

In addition to the usual auto tours we returned to the west end to visit
the Turtle Farm, about an hour of leisurely driving.  This is a working
FARM and not a conservation effort and we didnt think it was worth the
$6.00 U.S. admission charge.  We would also recommend a visit on a day when
the curse ships are not touring.  Like most of the islands that are ports
for the cruise business the concentration of people and buses creates
extreme overcrowding.  Weekends are the best time to make land tours as the
ships are back in the states. 
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