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

Pirates Point Resort, Aug, 2011,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 47 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 6207.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao, Dominica, Dumaguete, Galapagos, Indonesia, Puerto Galera, Red Sea, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 70 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft. max first dive, 60 ft. max second dive, come back with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boat only for cameras, camera table on boat generally uncrowded except for beginning of trip when boat was full of photographers, big, deep sink back at resort for camera rinsing.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our 13th trip to Pirates Point and Gladys' 25th anniversary in business. August would not be the same without our annual pilgrimage to visit Gladys and her staff. (Some of whom predate our first visit in 1995. The turnover being low so that you develop a friendship with everyone.) You can read my reviews from previous years in the Undercurrent archives. The diving is, in our opinion, the best in the Caribbean and the food is as good as the diving. At least in August, the diving is also some of the easiest you will find anywhere with warm, flat water, great visibility, and generally no currents. Things were even better than usual this year. We had several dives with visibility well in excess of 100 ft. Also, the dive operations on Little Cayman have jointly gone after the lionfish such that we averaged seeing a lionfish on less than every other dive (including dives on the south side of the island which is not often dived in the summer). The operators take turns providing a boat every Wednesday afternoon and all the divemasters who are not otherwise occupied go lionfish hunting. Bob, one of the Pirates Point divemasters, has personally taken over 1500 lionfish since they started hunting. There were a number of reef sharks this year. We had one dive where 3 sharks circled around us for about 15 to 20 minutes. There were also the usual large number of turtles, including 2 greens. The turtles have become acclimated to divers and a number of them will continue about their business while you take their picture. I got some great shots. I will also comment that Gladys does not advertise and relies on word-of-mouth and repeat customers. For the 2 weeks we were there this year there were only a couple of people that we did not know from previous trips which kind of says it all about how good the diving and operation are.
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