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Dive Review of PIRATES POINT in
Cayman Islands/LITTLE CAYMAN

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by MARK GOLDSMITH, NJ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4072
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, BVIs
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computers, and back to boat with 500 PSI,  Grand Cayman limits dive depths
to 100 FSW  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water rinse and dry table provided on the boat.  Unfortunately, rules
were often violated, usually by me...
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Wow, The previous trip reports didn't exaggerate.  Pirates Point is a
wonderful resort and my wife and I had just about a perfect vacation.  I
was on my guard about warnings re. Cayman Air connections to LC, lost bags,
xld flights etc.  Our connections were on time and perfect although, Cayman
air did leave some bags from others in our group in Miami.  The bags showed
up the following morning and no one missed a dive.

My first impression upon arriving was that the resort resembled a summer
camp.  It is very casual and shorts and tees work all week.  The
accomodations are very comfortable with king beds and AC provided in the
non-ocean front rooms.  Cleanliness was impeccable.

The bar is included in the all-inclusive rate and Gladys our esteeemed host
mixed up excellent frozen Margs.  Otherwise, the guests help themselves to
drinks (the house white is Santa Margharita Pinot...very impressive) All
the liquors were premium...lots of different beers and soft drinks
available 24-7.

Gladys' chefs, working with her recipes, provided, without doubt, the best
food I have ever eaten in the Carib...three times a day.  All meals were
buffet style and Gladys served dinner herself.  The sides were so delicious
and plentiful, that if you have a dietary preference, or are a vegan, you
could more than satisfy yourself at every meal.

The diving was limited to two morning dives from the resorts well equipped
42 ft Newton with easy access and egress via giant stride and wide ladder
(we were offered one optional night dive for $50.00).  BCs and regs were
left on the boat and divers are expected to rig their own gear.  Anyone
requiring special help was cheerfully provided for, whether moving around
the boat with gear, or help with diving technique, weighting etc. My wife
and others were given help throughout the week experimenting with different
weighting and trim configs.  By the end of the week she was a tremendously
improved and more comfortable diver.  Typically, there were 3-4 DMs on the
boat (Ash, Martha, Michelle, Gay and Peter) with a full load of 20 divers. 
We would divide into two groups and buddies could elect to dive their own

The diving was Little Cayman excellent.  Bloody Bay Wall and the reef
structures and swim-throughs are breathtaking, however, I was a bit
disappointed by the scarcity of fish, although the reef seemed extremely
healthy...maybe the time of year.  We saw a lot of variety...Nurse and
Carib. Reef Sharks, Rays, Grouper, Triggers, Damsel, Parrots, Pipe and
Drums (sounds like a band) MRF (misc reef fish)lotsa little muck type
critters...just, not a huge quantity of schooling fish.  Maybe, I'm spoiled
by reputation and expectations...still, the diving is great!

Possibly the best dive of the week was the night dive.  Only six of us went
and it was led by Peter.  We spent ten minutes following Peter's dim red
strobe without lights enjoying the natural phosphorescence of the
reef....Octopi, sleeping turtle (never wake a sleeping turtle), goopy
encased parrot Fish...stuff I've never seen before.  Peter told us about
the ubiquitous "String of Pearls," and we saw many in the
dark...It was very exciting.

I lost my computer during the night dive and Peter and I were sure that we
had last seen it with my gear in the back of the truck after the dive.  For
the next two days no one could find it anywhere.  On the night before we
left, Martha asked me if I had looked underwater at the night dive site.  I
told her no since we had seen the computer on the truck.  She didn't care
what we thought and on her own drove back to the site with her snorkel and
sure enough she recovered my $600 computer underwater...This is not typical
service at a dive resort or any other resort for that matter.  I was blown
away and needless to say very happy.

Everyone on the staff does double duty DMs wait tables etc and this seems
to create great loyalty.  Many of Gladys' staff have been with her for
years.  Not the typical nomadic DM lifestyle.

We will be back and thank you again Martha!
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