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

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6207
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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