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

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Eric A Frick, IL, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6590
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Hawaii, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Signal dive master @ 1,500 p.s.i., return to boat with 500 p.s.i. and do
not go into deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Cameras on main table on boat.  Separate rinse tank.
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  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
I decided to turn a trip to Cayman Brac (see my separate report) offered by
my dive shop into my own Sister Islands trip by spending a week on my own
on Little Cayman before joining the trip.  Pirates Point proved to be a
wonderful choice for a relaxing week of great diving.  It is easy to see
why many guests return year after year.  The reservations process was a
breeze and e-mails were quickly and cheerfully answered.  I reserved the
one room offered for a single guest which does not feature a single
supplement charge.  I was upgraded to a double room (#2) at no charge since
there was availability.

Pirates Point is a unique resort/dive operator which will be appreciated
by guests looking for the type of experience they offer.  Guests stay in
one of 11 rooms located on their 7-acre seaside property.  Some rooms were
air conditioned but those closer to the sea depend on ocean breezes and
fans for cooling.  In my time there in early June, a couple of the guests
in non air conditioned rooms reported a bit of discomfort at night.  Rooms
do not include telephones and there is not a TV to be found anywhere on the
property.  Wi-fi is provided in the main building but apparently does not
reach many of the rooms.  There is a computer in the bar area for those
wishing to check e-mail.

After breakfast, divers bring their neoprene, mask, camera gear and any
other items they did not leave on their 42-foot Newton dive boat to air
conditioned vans for the 5-minute ride to the dock.  Their gear is
delivered onto the boat and divers assemble their rigs.  Boat rides from
the dock to the Jackson Bight or Bloody Bay dive areas were 20 to 30
minutes long.  Seas were not calm on the south side of the island where the
resort is located but once the boat rounded the end of the island, calm
seas and no current were the order of the day for the whole week on the
north side.  I experienced water temperatures of 82 degrees with visibility
that went from 60 to 80 feet or more.  Virtually all diving is on the
spectacular walls with fish populations that were very good but not robust.
 Variety of critters was excellent.

When it is time to enter the water, divers don their gear and walk to the
swim platform.  Re-boarding the boat is done by passing your fins up to a
crewmember, climbing the ladder and being escorted back to your seat where
you are then responsible for swapping your rig onto your next tank. 
Crewmembers offered to handle the movement of gear on the boat for divers
who might need the service.  Dives were escorted and divers were asked to
advise the dive master when they reached half a tank, obey depth limits
outlined in the dive briefing, return with 500 or more p.s.i. and a
computer that had not gone into deco.  Once the group returned to the
mooring, divers were free to explore on their own with their buddies.  When
the resort is full and all guests are divers, conditions can get a little
close on the boat but not overly so.

After the brief van ride back to the resort from the dock, divers drop the
gear they have brought back at the rinse tank and then hustle to lunch
since by this point in the day it is between 2:00 and 2:30.  After lunch,
divers rinse and hang their own gear.  Two dives a day is the offering here
with an optional night dive from shore during the week offered for $50.  An
incoming barge prevented us from using the pier for the night dive so we
entered at a beach area through swarms of mosquitoes.  It was not a bad
dive but not quite worth the effort.

An appetizer appears on the bar at 6:30.  Cocktails are self-serve from the
well stocked bar.  All beverages are included in the price for those
reserving the dive package.  Dinner is served at 7:30.  Meals feature one
main course and a generous number of side items plus dessert.  Chefs Jeff
and Dianne provided wonderful, imaginative dishes that are a cut above
those I have had on other trips.  They asked each guest about dietary
limitations and vegetarians on the trip complemented their efforts. 
Breakfast and lunch could be enjoyed outdoors under shady trees by the pool
with an ocean view.

A weeks stay cost me $1,895 plus $284.25 (15%) gratuity plus $56 tax. 
This is no operation staffed by interns and college kids.  Owner Gladys
Howard has built something special here and it has attracted a staff that
is experienced and very customer-oriented.  Divers looking for a megaresort
with music piped through speakers 18 hours a day and heaving buffets with
dizzying arrays of average food along with valet diving four or five times
a day should look elsewhere.  Non-divers who want to read by the pool,
pedal a bike or beach walk will find this place fits the bill but will not
find much else to do.  A couple of days before departure, staff members
contacted Cayman Airways Express to confirm flight arrangements.  Chefs saw
to it that no guest missed a meal when a night dive or a flight would mean
doing so.  Dive master Mike is the resident iguana specialist and his
Friday afternoon iguana tour is worth your time.  I was personally thanked
for my visit by Gladys and by others on her staff.  More than one fellow
guest confirmed their reservations for their next stay before they even
completed this stay.  That says something.
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