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

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by George Holmes, NM, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5531
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Carribean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit first dive 100 ft and second dive 60 ft.  Get back on board
with 500 psi.  Dive your computer.  Everyone had to have a computer.  
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
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
We had a great time at Pirates Point May 15 - 22, 2010, and the resort was
really just the type of atmosphere we liked.  The clientele is more of our
age group, in the 50+ range.  Almost everyone was back for a repeat trip,
and many have been going there for years.  The food was gourmet and
excellent.  The diving was lots of fun and relaxing.  The Bloody Bay Wall
is still one of the prettiest places in the Carribean, with huge coral
formations and barrel sponges, a sheer vertical drop in many places.  Quite
a few small fish, the usual suspects, but it didn't seem like they were as
prolific as in years past, perhaps partly due to the overcast conditions
most of the week.  Also, they are getting more lionfish, but the resort
staff was dealing with that problem while we were there.  Little Cayman
seems to have adopted a policy of dealing with lionfish by elimination. 
There were lots of turtles and lobsters, a few seahorses, pipehorses, macro
subjects such as nudabranches and sea slugs.  Little Cayman is opening up 8
new dive sites each month with mooring balls, and encouraging the resort
operators to use them and let the older sites have a rest.  Pirates Point
took us to three new sites during our week and we found lots of sealife. 
You take care of setting up your own gear and leave the BCDs and regs on
the boat each night, rinsing the neoprene suits and dive boots back at the
Each day began with breakfast at 8 o'clock.  We were expecting yoghurts and
muffins, and had such things as eggs florentine, eggs benedict, breakfast
burritos.  Then we would leave for diving at 9 o'clock and take two vans
down the road to the boat, and be in the water by about 9:30 for the first
dive, surface interval on the boat with snacks like peanut butter and
crackers or potato chips, fruit, in the water for the second dive about
11:30 or 12 depending on how long everyone was on the first dive and
distance between dive sites.  As promised there was no pressure to complete
a dive in a certain time limit.  We were diving nitrox and so we were the
last to finish some of the time.  They have only one dive boat, and can
take up to about 16 divers on it comfortably.  They always sent out at
least two groups, no more than 8 in each group with a divemaster, and one
day they sent out three divemasters and 3 groups, spacing each group a few
minutes apart so they didn't bump into each other.  They have a total of 5
divemasters and they would take turns going out on the boat. There are only
a total of 9 people working at the resort, two of whom are gourmet chefs.
Most of the workers have been there for years.
Anyway, the second dive would finish at about 1 PM and then we would go
back to the resort and lunch would be served at 2 PM.  The rest of the
afternoon, you were on your own to ride bikes, shower, sleep, sit at the
pool, go see the red-footed boobies etc.  Cocktails and snacks began at
6:30 with dinner at 7:30 and dominos for whoever was interested after
dinner.  All the food was excellent with the two gourmet chefs taking turns
doing the honors.  The head chef, Jeff, made sushi on Friday night for the
big champagne party at the owner's house, followed by Ahi tuna served rare
(or medium in some of our cases).  We also had porkloin, NY steaks cooked
to order, wahoo, yellow fin, chicken and beef fajitas etc.  As I said it
was all terrific.  The resort only holds about 24 guests, I think we had
about 16 or 18 maximum, with some coming and going on odd days.  The locals
also came in for dinner a few nights, or people from the condos and resorts
down the road.
Some of the bungalows didn't have air conditioning but ours did and we had
a king sized bed.  The bungalows are pretty nice, island style.  Some have
oceanfront but we opted for the A/C  that was available when we booked.

My husband went out one afternoon with one of the divemasters to fly fish
for bonefish.  Divemaster Mike is a licensed fishing guide.

We had presentations a few nights before dinner by the local iguana
conservation people, the marine life study group, which demonstrated the
commitment Little Cayman has to preserving not only the reef, but the
topside environment as well.

The price was not a bargain, but well worth every penny with the all
inclusive set up and the excellent diving, service, and gourmet food.  They
clearly state they add on a 15% gratuity to the trip price, so there were
no surprises about that.  We were so pampered, we even added a little more
to the tip.
Our trip was a great success and we will definitely plan on going back to
Pirates Point. 
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