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

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by S. Titus, VA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 832
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Saba, Bonaire, Dominica, Belize, Roatan, Bequia, Vrgin Islands, FL Keys,
Cozumel, Hawaii, Cayman Brac
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
First dive limited to 100', second Dive to 60'.  Bottom time: as much as
computer and air would allow.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Boat has large table for cameras; separate rinse tank on boat and on shore
for cameras. No film processing on site.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Pirate's Point Resort is a small (10 rooms in several separate buildings),
very casual, cozy resort on a private sand beach with a wonderful relaxed
atmosphere.  A little funky and artsy, and totally comfortable.  Large,
clean, modestly furnished rooms, enough open space on the grounds for
privacy, the place has a 'bed and breakfast' flavor. Rooms may or may not
have A/C; we opted for natural air in a room close to the water and were
quite comfortable with several fans and huge windows. It was wonderful to
wake up looking at the sea from one's pillow!(October is the rainy season;
we had a nice blend of sun and overcast with most of the rain at night). 

With an inclusive dive package, all meals and beverages (as well as a
wonderful variety of wines at dinner) are covered.  And what meals they
are!! (Be prepared to exercise and still gain 5-7 lbs in a week). Fresh,
highest quality ingredients in amazing quantity and variety, turned into
absolutely top notch gourmet dishes with great presentation. (We tried to
smuggle chefs Cam and Diane home in our dive bags). The owner, Gladys
Howard, is an entertaining, enthusiastic hostess as well as an accomplished
chef and diver.  

We overlapped with several different groups of guests during our 10 days at
the resort. While we were all quite diverse in culture, home geography,
occupation and lifestyle, it was always a pleasant blend with good
conversationa and fun at the bar, meals, and on the boat.

Unusual also is that the staff (all dive instructors) rotate as dining room
staff, office management and dive guides. Many of the staff have been there
for over 5 years, some as long as 15 years. The level of service in all
areas is unusually high and competent; no problem large or small stays an
issue for very long.

The diving schedule is quite civilized for a vacation. After breakfast you
leave for the boat at about 9:15 (a very short van ride away)and return
home around 2PM for lunch.  The boat is large and comfortable (it has a
head) with room for multiple cameras. There are 2 consecutive dives, with
surface intervals done on the boat. The first dive is limited to 100 foot
depth, and the second dive is limited to 60 foot.  Beyond those 2
restrictions, your bottom time is limited only by your computer and air
consumption.  We had many dives lasting well over an hour.  The dive staff
gives you as much or as little assistance as you desire while on the boat. 
Gear stays on the boat; wetsuits get taken back, rinsed and hung out
overnight. Nitrox is available, and shore night dives are scheduled by

The diving is one of the ultimates in the Caribbean.  Breathtaking vertical
walls, expansive healthy corals and sponges, long continuous reefs, good
species variety with plentiful juveniles and large adults.  Reef, blacktip,
nurse sharks and large southern rays were quite common, coming up close on
both the walls and in the shallows; turtles of all sizes appeared on almost
every dive; huge grouper and barracuda cruised through regularly.  Our
group had the pleasure of seeing a lobster with a head the width of a
basketball...he was absolutely amazing. Our guides (Gaye, Coco and Steve)
were incredibly adept at finding very unsual and tiny critters for macro
shots (such as pipe horses, sailfin blennies, neck crabs, and leech
headshield slugs) as well as being the first to alert us to incoming sharks
along the wall.

What you might want to know?  The resort is a true reality escape. No TV at
all (in rooms or in clubhouse/bar); no room phones; plenty of books to
borrow from the library, and a selection of videos in the club room if you
need visual entertainment. Bring bug repellant to go beach combing,
birdwatching (bring binoculars) or visiting the iguanas since there are
some no-see-ums and mosquitoes.  There are no taxis; bicycles are available
to explore the island or to visit another resort or bar.  Guests are
encouraged to enter the annual "art contest"...entries must be
made only from materials found during your stay. (There are a lot of
veeerrry creative divers!) 

For now, when flying between Grand Cayman and Little Cayman or the Brac, or
flying out of Grand Cayman, make sure any batteries for cameras, lights,
etc. are separated in a single baggie or taped together.  This will save
you time and headaches at the security checks.

Summing it up:  one of the best places and experiences ever in 15 years of
Caribbean diving.  An unadvertised jewel; especially if you want a place
with no pretensions, and low-key company.

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