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

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6656
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia
(Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo), Philippines, Red Sea, Southern Bahamas, St.
Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft. 1st dive, 60 ft. 2nd dive, come back with 500 psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
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
Table top and rinse tank on boat dedicated to cameras.  Separate rinse tank
on shore for cameras.  Table in room adequate to work on set-up.
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
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This review is actually going to cover 2 trips this year to Pirates Point. 
My wife and I spent 4 weeks in January and another 2 weeks in August. 
These were our 14th and 15th trips there.  You might get the idea from this
that we like the place (and the people).  That would be a correct
assumption.  After diving all over the Caribbean (and the world) we think
that Little Cayman has the best diving in the Caribbean (and Pirates Point
is the best place on Little Cayman) and it sure is easier to get to than
Indonesia.  Our January trip was the first time we have been there in the
winter.  The water in the winter is definitely cooler than the summer.  We
wore 5 mm suits and were fine.  The weather is also different in the
winter.  The air temperatures were still shorts and T-shirt warm, but the
winds were higher so the water was choppier and the viz lower than it
typically is in the summer.  About 1/3 of the time it was so choppy that we
could not make it to the north side of the island and had to dive the south
side, which is different, but still good.  Overall, the diving has been
improving over the last several years.  The resorts on the island join
together to cull lionfish at least once per week.  We saw a few lionfish in
January and even less in August.  The culling is actually helping.  In
January we saw a number of fish that we had never seen there before. 
August was especially good for juveniles (which you would expect to be
eaten by the lionfish if they were a problem).  We saw 4 juvenile smooth
trunkfish - more than we had ever seen before.  There were also lots of
pipehorses, pipefish, and sailfin blennies; the usual number of large
groupers that want to get petted and all sorts of other tropical varieties.
 I would be remiss if I didn't mention the dive staff.  Pirates Point is
one of the few resorts I have been to where the dive staff has been there
for many years.  They know the reefs and are great at finding things, as
well as insuring that all the divers take care.  They are also good at
helping everyone improve their diving techniques.  Last, but not least, the
food at Pirates Point is great.  Unfortunately, I always gain weight there.
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