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

Pirate's Point Resort, Mar, 2005,

by Robin Abrahamson Masson, ny, usa . Report 2050.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Great Barrier Reef, Andaman Sea, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions DM's stated max depth and times, but we were free to dive our computers and breathe out the air in our tanks. I never felt rushed. Buddy pairs strongly suggested, but not mandated. DMs led "guided tours" for those who wanted to join.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No processing available on the island. Boat had a bucket, but no dry table for changing film [for those dinosaurs, like us, who still use film] or messing with cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Good: A funky, very laid back place for a vacation. Everything is taken care of. The food is excellent, varied, and plentiful. Wine is ok, and also plentiful. Open bar for guests [but no drinking in the AM before diving!]. Lunch served about 15 minutes after returning from the morning dives. Cocktail hour before dinner, with hors d'ouvres. After dinner, dominoes with Gladys. A good dive op, with plenty of DM attention for those who want it. Small groups on the "guided tour". Several eagle rays were spotted on this trip, and a turtle or 2. A nice boat, and fun, informative DM's who have a serious respect -- almost a reverence -- for the reefs and life down there. Accommodations are decent, and it was worth it to us to pay $10 extra a day for A/C. Lots of hammocks in the shade for afternoon naps. Gladys is a genial hostess and made us all feel like family.

Not so Good: I was disappointed that there were not as many fish, and very few large fish -- considerably down from when I was at Bloody Bay Wall 4 years ago. But the corals are healthy despite the big hurricane last year, and there are lots of juveniles, so the populations will come back. Those who want an early start to the dive day will be disappointed, as the dive staff also serve and clean up from breakfast, making departure ~9AM, and return ~1:30 or 2PM. No afternoon dives, infrequent night dives.
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