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

Pirates Point Resort, Apr, 2013,

by Douglas Garrou, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6940.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The diving at Bloody Bay Wall is as advertised - spectacular. And we really were impressed with Pirates Point's dive operation. It isn't a "dive until you drop" routine -- two dives a day, with a (roughly) weekly night dive from shore if there's sufficient interest. I did the night dive and it was quite fun. The divemasters are long-time employees who know their stuff, get people on and off the boat efficiently, and give helpful tips on technique if desired. They don't do a great deal of instruction, but two in our crowd got AOW ratings and reported high satisfaction. Conditions were excellent -- little, if any, current, terrific visibility, and reasonably flat seas all but one day. The boat, The Yellow Rose, has a good setup and is very wide; I was surprised how easily it accommodated 18 to 20 divers. And of course the trip to the reef isn't very long. The boat dock is a short drive from the resort, so you load up in the van and head over there in the morning. This proved to be much less of a hassle than I had feared, as they have the logistics pretty well figured out. Accommodations were very nice and the whole place is vigorously maintained. The food is simply spectacular -- the quality of the work coming out of the kitchen at this place really has to be experienced. I noticed that people popped in from other resorts for dinner on a regular basis, and that's not surprising. Nor is the fact that many of the guests at Pirates were frequent customers. One caveat: if you're looking for nightlife, go elsewhere. Little Cayman has sort of a Gilligan's Island feel. We really liked that, but Type A vacationers would go nuts.
Websites Pirates Point Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Cozumel, Morehead City NC, Andros Bahamas, Florida Keys, Jupiter Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-135 Ft/ 30-41 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 foot max first dive, 60 foot max second dive, back on the boat with 500 psi. Depth limits are enforced in part because of the difficult logistics of getting divers back to Grand Cayman for the barochamber there.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments freshwater bin for cameras on the boat, copious warnings that only cameras go there. reasonably good storage area for cameras on rack in center of boat. no compressed air line ala the liveaboards, but no biggie.
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