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

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Dorothy McDonald, OH, US
Contributor   (17 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6788
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Throughout Caribbean and South Pacific, Galapagos, Micronesia.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were asked to stay with a buddy, not go deeper than 100', come up with
at least 500psi and a happy computer.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was a table on the boat for cameras and a tub with fresh water for
rinsing.  While we were there only a few people had cameras so there were
no space issues.  If all divers had cameras space could become an issue. 
The crew was good about handing cameras to divers after they were in the
water and taking cameras from divers at end of dives.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Probably most people going to Little Cayman and Pirates Point Resort have
at least some idea of what to expect and know that: Bloody Bay Wall is
spectacular, there is no night life or shopping on the island, that Pirates
Point is known for its excellent food.  We found all these things to be
true.  We didn't realize that this would be the easiest diving we've ever
experienced - no current the entire week!  

At the beginning of the week we dove Bloody Bay Wall each day.  The last 2
days of our stay a wind made that side of the island choppy so we dove on
the south side of the island, sheltered from the wind and enjoyed the
diving there too - not as much as Bloody Bay Wall, but it was still good
diving with rays, barracuda, lobster, tropical fish, etc. as well as a
healthy stand of Elk Horn Coral.  We were told the Elk Horn Coral only
grows on the south side of the island.  During our stay Nitrox was not
available at PPR due to equipment problems.  Although the resort is on the
water the dive boat is not docked there.  Instead divers get into a van for
about a 5 minute ride to and from the dock.  The crew carries dive gear to
the boat and divers set up their own tanks.  At the end of the dive day
anything but neoprene can be left on the boat.  Divers put their wet suits,
boots, etc in a bag which the crew carries back to the resort where each
diver rinses his/her own gear. PPR offers 2 dives a day so may not be what
hard-core divers want.  Divers were divided into groups and led by a guide,
although it seemed that as long as you had a buddy there was no pressure to
stay with the guide.  Each diver can continue the dive as long as they want
as long as they surface with at least 500 psi.  That meant the heavy
breathers didn't cause others to cut dives short which seems a great idea
and it would be nice if more dive operators did that.  With this policy we
had as much bottom time on 2 dives as we get on 3 dives at many places. 
Our first day of diving we were afraid we'd hear some grumbling because
some divers had been waiting on the boat quite awhile before we surfaced -
but as far as we know no one did grumble.  The policy seems to be accepted
and the resort's casual, laid-back style seems to be adopted by all the
guests. A PPR divemaster is in the water at all times in case needed. 
Guides killed lion fish when they were spotted and we did see them - but
not as frequently as we've seen them other places in the Caribbean.  

There are 10 rooms scattered about the property.  Those on the water have a
ceiling fan but no a/c. Rooms not facing the water have a/c, but there is a
minor surcharge for using it.  We thought the surcharge reasonable and were
happy to pay it rather than sweat.  Rooms are large and comfortable, but
not luxurious.  There are no phones, TVs or radios in the rooms.  There is
free wifi in and around the clubhouse - where most people gathered in the
afternoons and evenings.  Other activities include a swimming pool and hot
tub, snorkeling off the beach, bikes free for the using for those wanting
to tour the island or perhaps take a look at the red-footed boobys on the

Staying here felt like being at a friend's week-long house party.  Owner,
Gladys Howard, talked to everyone and made sure all was going smoothly. 
She hosts a cocktail party for guests at her house every Friday night
before dinner.  Throughout the week guests mingled easily with one another.
 Casual clothes were all that was needed and anything else seemed out of
place.  A bell was rung to announce all meals and also to let divers know
when it was time to get into the vans to head for the dive boat.  Guests
helped themselves to soft drinks, beer, wine,& hard alcohol at the
clubhouse bar.  

All meals were srved buffet style - but this was not a typical cafeteria
buffet and the menu changed daily (no repeats while we were there).  Two
superb chefs kept the food interesting and delicious.  Breakfast might
feature eggs benedict or banana crepes.  Lunches might be soup and a
sandwich, pizza or conch fritters.   Dinners ranged from steak to grilled
wahoo to duck breast. Special food requirements were honored (a vegetarian
couple were happy with their meals too).  One night two couples from
another resort made reservations to dine at PPR and they practically
swooned over the food.  They said the food where they were staying was
practically inedible and could not believe the quality of food they were
served at PPR.  

This is a great place for people who: don't need to dive all day and can
entertain themselves when not diving; enjoy a casual atmosphere and don't
need luxurious surroundings.  

The only negative comment I have about the island are the no-see-ems.  They
seemed to find some people tastier than others and those people suffered
greatly.  My dive buddy came home with at least 100 bites that still itch a
week later.  The 30% deet repellant did not phase them - next time (because
we do plan to return) we'll take some repellant that is 98% deet and see
how that works.
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