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

Pirates Point Resort, Jan, 2013,

by David Hardie, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6846.

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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 You have probably read other guests' reports on Pirates Point Resort (PPR), so there's no need to talk about the diving (great) and the food (even better). I'll focus on the things you may not fully appreciate or understand before going.

For example, it is impossible to overstate the friendly, casual, familial nature of the place. You really get to know the small but incredibly engaged staff. Even the chefs knew our names ... and when was the last time a divemaster hugged you as you left for the airport?

There is also a lot of enjoyable, very natural interaction with the other guests. You sit with them for meals, you're together in the bar, and you're on the dive boat with them. We found the other guests to be quite interesting and generally very likable, and we felt like old friends within a few days.

The dive staff really know their stuff, and they find gentle ways to help divers get better ... especially in buoyancy control.

The pace of the day is incredibly relaxed. Breakfast is at the very civilized hour of 8:00, and you don't leave for the boat until 9:00. The two dives are unhurried and have no time restriction, so it may be after 2:00 before returning for lunch. Then drinks at 6:30 (okay, we started a little earlier) and dinner at 7:30. Then coffee and/or dominos in the bar ... and then you get to do it all again.

Dress is very casual. There's no need to take anything fancier than a golf shirt (and shorts) for dinner.

The facilities have just the right level of laid-back, lived-in funkiness. For example, the guest-created decorations in the bar are not to be believed (we saw ones dating back to 1988).

Since we booked late for a busy week, we happened to stay in the room generally viewed as a single. It was fine for the two of us -- with a king bed and air conditioning -- but the bathroom is admittedly on the small side.

To be clear, PPR isn't for everybody. Two dives a day won't satisfy the dive-your-brains-out types, and the communal nature of the place won't be perfect if you insist on being by yourself.

Our main regret is that we did not stay longer this time, having split our week between Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. We also hate that we missed Friday night's lionfish sushi. But we absolutely loved PPR and will return soon.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp -81°F / -27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions First dive to 100' max; second dive to 60' max. No time limit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very few photographers at PPR during our visit, but the setup was good.
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