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Dive Review of Pirate's Point Resort in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Dean and Diane Levi, CO, U.S.A.
Report Number 1954
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Southwater Caye Belize, Hawaii 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your computer, 100 ft max., dive as long as your computer, air, or
stamina limit.  Come back to the boat with at least 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Boat included a large, carpeted camera table in the covered area of the
boat.  DM's were strict about cameras only on the table.  The cooler used
as a rinse tank was sometimes crowded.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
We came to Little Cayman to dive the world-famous Bloody Bay wall.  During
our first three days on the island north winds were 15 - 20 mph, which
prevented us from reaching the north side of the island where Bloody bay
and Jackson bay walls are.  During the last half of week winds steadily
dropped, allowing us to dive 3 days on the north side, which was fantastic
diving.  Pirates Point has a 42 Newton dive boat called the Yellow Rose
with a capacity of 20 divers.  The boat is comfortable with space to roam
and there is a head on board.  During the week there were never more than 9
divers on board.  The total capacity of the resort is about 20 people in 10
cabins.  As there are usually some guests who are not divers, it is
unlikely they will ever have 20 divers on the boat.  The resort staff does
double-duty as dive masters, waiters, cleaning staff, etc., with a total of
5 DMs/instructors on staff.  Most of the staff have been at the resort for
five years or longer.  They add DMs to the boat as needed to keep dive
groups at 6 or smaller.  All diving is done from mooring buoys.  Generally
dives are follow the DM, but once the staff becomes familiar and
comfortable with your diving abilities, they are fine with you doing your
own thing as long as you come back up with 500 psi, dont go into deco on
your computer, and stay above 100.

Diving on the south side of the island consisted of tongue and groove reefs
leading to the wall top at approximately 60 feet.  The walls on the south
side are cut with crags and canyons and are less vertical than the north
side.  There was healthy coral and lots of the standard Caribbean fish,
with plentiful juveniles and frequent large groupers and turtles.  We also
found numerous fun swim-throughs on the southern dive sites.  Diving Bloody
and Jackson bay walls was spectacular.  Some of the walls are perfectly
vertical with such abrupt and sharp drop-offs that it felt like soaring out
over the top of a skyscraper.  Although fish life was not abundant on the
wall, there were plentiful large, colorful sponges growing horizontally out
from the wall.  The topography was stunning.  Another unique aspect of the
walls in Bloody bay is that the wall top is in 20  25 feet of water.  This
allowed unprecedented bottom times, as we would start with about 25 minutes
at 70  90 on the wall, then ascend to the wall top for another hour of
diving.  On one day I was five minutes short of three hours of bottom time
in two dives.  There was a myriad of fish action on the wall tops.  Many
turtles, a few eagle rays, a black tip reef shark out in the blue, a
five-foot goliath grouper resting inside a swim through, and on one dive a
team of three groupers waiting out an angelfish they had trapped inside a
coral head.  My favorite dive site was Mixing Bowl, which is marked by a
large open bowl of sand at the point where Bloody bay and Jackson bay walls
meet.  This dramatic site is swept by a nutrient-rich current that brings
lots of fish action to the area.  Here we hung around with a school of
swirling ocean chubs, and watched schools of french grunts, black durgeons,
creole wrass, and the five-foot goliath grouper mentioned earlier.  On one
dive we returned to the dive boat to find a six-foot barracuda lurking
under the boat.

The daily routine quickly became second nature and made for a very carefree
and relaxing vacation.  They ring a bell (actually an old scuba tank with
the bottom cut off) for breakfast at 8:00, then again for diving at 9:15,
then about 2:00 for lunch (often minutes after the dive van returns if we
really stretched our bottom times), then happy hour with hdourves at 7:00
and dinner at 7:30.  Because the dive staff also serve meals and are
frequently around taking care of general chores, we quickly got to know
them and felt like good friends in only a few days at the resort.  Because
of the small capacity of the resort and arrangement of the cabins, it never
felt crowded or busy, even though the resort was near capacity the entire
week we were there.  It actually felt rather deserted most days.  The
dining room is cosy with 4 tables for 6 guests at each table and you sit
wherever you want.   We quickly got to know nearly all the guests, as the
daily seating arrangement is a bit like musical chairs.  The daily happy
hour was also a great time to mingle and share photos and dive stories from
the day.

One of the truly outstanding aspects of an overall outstanding vacation was
the food.  Owner Gladys Howard is an internationally known chef who has
written cookbooks and run her own cooking school, and it really shows in
the food.  We have stayed at various resorts and spent time on
live-a-boards, and the food at Pirates Point is far and away the best we
have ever had.  Breakfast included such goodies as eggs benedict, lunches
always included several choices of freshly prepared hot and cold entrees,
salads, etc., and dinners ranged from paella, to prime rib, to tuna steaks
to fajitas to barbequed ribs and chicken; always with a generous array of
delicious side dishes, salads, fresh fruits and vegetables and delicious
desserts.  The only reason I can think of you may not want to visit
Pirates Point is if you are trying to loose weight. 
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