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

Pirates Point Resort, Nov, 2012,

by Alana McCormick, TX, US ( 1 report). Report 6819.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, South Pacific, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions signal divemaster at 1500 psi, 100' depth level first dive, 60' second dive, stay with buddy, come up with no less than 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had visited another resort on Little Cayman 11 years ago and decided to go back to celebrate our 60th birthday, this time to Pirates Point. We arrived on the first day of Pirate's Week and were greeted by the proprietress Gladys, in her best pirate's gear, and Diane, the breakfast & lunch chef, all dolled up as a mermaid - and that set the tone for a fun week with a fun group!

We started each day early with coffee in the bar or on the patio while Diane made a delicious breakfast and sang to her favorite songs. Then it was off to dive Little Cayman's famous reefs with their excellent dive operation - Gay, Michelle, Mike & Bob made sure everyone had a great experience, pointing out all the critters, large & small, at the same time running the safest program I've experienced. Depth limits were set for each dive but length was based solely on your air consumption - out of the water with 500 psi. All our dives were at least 60 minutes. Soft corals, sponges, fans were plentiful, healthy and beautiful. Many friendly groupers and lots of nurseries, with some good sized sharks, tarpon and barracuda. Medium sized mature fish were not as plentiful, perhaps due to lionfish, although Little Cayman has been more successful in eradication than most. It was very interesting to see how many of the groupers recognized the dive masters and enjoyed hunting for lionfish with them!

We returned for a delectable lunch around 1:30-2:00 - homemade soups, several salads, entree, and dessert and then relaxed until our excellent dinner chef Jeff put out an appetizer around 6:30. Gladys rang the dinner bell at 7:30 and directed us to our tables. She made sure to sit with each guest at least once during their stay and was a delightful and entertaining hostess.

I was absolutely stunned at the variety and quality of the meals - breads were from scratch (even the hamburger buns), plates were beautifully garnished, top quality fruits and vegetables, desserts over the top. All were served buffet style so you could serve to your own liking. They will accommodate any special needs but it's best to let them know in advance for planning.

Dive packages include alcohol from their well-stocked bar, on a serve yourself basis and I was especially pleased to find Santa Margherita pinot grigio in the fridge!

The rooms were comfortable - nothing fancy but with decent bed, good lighting, table for two, room for your gear. Bathroom was small but water was hot. Noseeums put a damper on my outdoor time as I did not think to bring any deet, which was a shame as the pool, patio and surroundings were very beautiful.

All of the staff worked as a team sharing responsibilities from captaining the boat to driving the van to leading a dive to food service and running the office - I felt everyone got individual attention. And Ed was always quietly working in the background. Kudos to all!

It was a total pleasure to spend time with Gladys - her Texas hospitality, warmth and personal touch are what makes Pirates Point such wonderful and unique experience (can you believe crocheted doilies under the water glasses?). Loved the bubbly and sushi she hosted for all at her home on Friday night. She's full of great stories and just plain fun - jaksemas, dear one!
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