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Dive Review of Pirates Point Resort in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Hollie and Eric Lindauer, OR, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
palau, wakatobi, fiji, tahiti, belize, roatan, sharm el sheikh,cozumel,
philippeans, grand cayman, florida keys, st. maarten, bali
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max. depth 100'.  Computer and safety sausage required. No touching any
animals or reefs.     
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Wifi available in bar.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
The marine preserve, the sparsely populated island, the calm, warm waters
and a beautiful reef system make Little Cayman a great diving location.  We
just returned from another wonderful stay at PPRthis was our 10th+ visit
over the last 13 years.  

Pirates Point anticipates 75+ minute bottom times.  Its excellent dive
staff help you make the most of your dive experience.  If your skills are
adequate, they allow full freedom to self-guide with a buddy, very nice for
photographers.  The repeat guests, usually a majority, are considerate and
skilled divers, and this makes diving with Pirates Point an absolute

The boat traffic is minimal at the dive sites  maybe 5 boats in the
morning between the 20 or so dive sites on the north.  The inboard boat is
very comfortable with a single ladder, sun and shade, photo table.  Its
15-20 minutes to the north bloody bay wall dive sites.  Leaving the resort
at 9, you return about 2 for lunch.  You set up your own equipment, leaving
all but your wet suits on board during your stay.  

PPR does 2 dives in the morning (avg. 2.5 hours in the water diving) giving
you afternoons free.  There were seahorses in the shallows, which made
afternoon snorkeling popular.  Birding, biking, walking/running, and
reading are the other main afternoon pursuits. 

The dive staff will work with any interested diver to help them achieve
great control, buoyancy and longer bottom times.  This is a great place to
take a course  I did both nitrox and advanced course here.  Thirteen years
ago, Gay showed my husband how to go from 30 minute to over an hour in
bottom time.  Everywhere we dive, the guides will comment how good our
skills are and its thanks to Gay and crew.  

The entire staff is top notch, Gay, Martha, Michelle, Bob and Mike.  Their
knowledge of diving and sea life is excellent and enthusiastic.  They will
patiently show you how to approach and view sealife, without chasing and
annoying the creature or damaging the environment.  This ensures
preservation of the reef.  I wish every dive shop did this.

Michelle showed us where to typically find pipe seahorses.  She had been on
baby watch with a couple pregnant pipe sea horses and one that had just had
2 babies.  We were spotting pipe horses in the sand debris every day thanks
to her help. Yet another reason not to carelessly land yourself or
equipment on the bottom.  

On another dive, an eagle ray was feeding for about 40 minutes right in
front of us.  Only when his head was buried in the sand did Gay and I
quietly approach to within a foot, amazing.   

In contrast, on a previous visit, PPR arranged for me to dive with another
dive operation one day, using a PPR dive guide, Bob.  This other diving
operation was very nice but underwater they took off like navy seals, then
we saw them turn around in less than 20 minutes  Bob and I meandered just
a bit further and came upon a beautiful black tip searching the reef. 
Within very close range, we watch this 6' shark for 20 minutes or so before
heading back.  What a great experience.  

Getting back on board we got scolded for staying down too long  80
minutes.  This other dive operation does 40 minute max. dives or shorter if
someone is low on air.  None of the other divers had seen the shark or
mentioned any sighting from their dive.  You would hardly have time to wait
for a sail fin blenny to put up his sail on this schedule but this is
typical with so many dive operations and why we prefer Pirates Point.    
On this late April PPR trip, we had some days of unlimited viz.  Sightings
of juveniles (drum, trunk, pipe seahorse), turtles, snappers, groupers on
every dive, less frequent were scorpion, squid, pipefish, nurse shark and
eagle ray.  

Sadly, lion fish have arrived.  All the diving operations are
catching/killing them.  We brought up about 2 every dive. A research group
on the island is attempting to train groupers to eat the lion fish. 
Gladys, the wonderful hostess of PPR, had the researchers come by to talk
about the health of the reefs.   

PPR is small - 11 or so very casual rooms, some with a/c some w/just fans. 
Bring what you need for supplies, medical and toiletry. They do have some
books for borrowing, tee shirts, sarongs, skins and hoodies for sale. 

The rinse tank facilities are minimal and could really use an upgrade. 
Finding adequate drying space is a challenge. 

The food is always good, wine is served with dinner and the desserts are
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