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

Pirates Point Resort, Apr, 2010,

by Hollie and Eric Lindauer, OR, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5489.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 PPR…this was our 10th+ visit over the last 13 years.

Pirates Point anticipates 75+ minute bottom times. It’s 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 pleasure.

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. It’s 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 it’s 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 Pirate’s 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 tempting.
Websites Pirates Point Resort   

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 77-82°F / 25-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75-200 Ft/ 23-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max. depth 100'. Computer and safety sausage required. No touching any animals or reefs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments Wifi available in bar.
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