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

Pirates Point Resort: "Great atmosphere, but needs a few improvements", Nov, 2015,

by Raymond Haddad, QC, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 8654.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments There has been many reports written about this dive resort over the last few years and they are fairly accurate. I would like to highlight a few things my wife and I experienced on our recent trip. The daily schedule is: 8 AM breakfast, +/- 9 AM depart by van, no dock at the resort, for a 3 minute ride to the boat. The boat rides to the reefs varies between 15 and 25 minutes. Only two dives are offered per day and a shore entry night dive is offered once per week. Between dives, soft drinks, juice, water, chips, Cheetos, peanut butter and Ritz crackers are available. This is junk food for me, why not offer fruits, cheese and bread instead? You get back to the resort around 2 PM, lunch is served upon arrival, 6:30 PM is happy hour, at 7:30 PM dinner is served and the bar closes at 10PM Ö basically lights out!
The resort has only 10 rooms and 4 of them are waterfront with no AC, only a ceiling fan and some portable fans. The room gets very hot. They say that the returning guests donít want any AC in these four rooms. The other rooms have AC but you are charged $10.00 per day if you use it. The rooms have no TV (which is fine), the decoration hasnít changed since the 70ís and no Wi-Fi is available in the rooms. Wi-Fi free of charge is available in the main bar. If you do not drink much or donít, do not take the all-inclusive package. The all-inclusive package is $100.00 per week more. Beer sells for $6.00 and soft drinks/juice for $2.00 Ö you do the math! Wine is free with your dinner meal. You eat all your meals as a group which is great!
The dive boat can carry 20 divers. The camera rinse bin is small and can hold only about 3 to 5 cameras. You set up your own gear which you leave on the boat except for you wetsuit, dive boots, hoodsÖ all neoprene must by returned back to resort at the end of every day. The dive briefings are very brief and no drawings of the sites are offered. This makes it very hard to dive as a buddy team. That is why they offer guided dives split in groups according to your air consumption. They do a fairly good job, but most of the time you are back near the boat after 30 minutes to complete your dive as a buddy team. I would have preferred spending more time deeper along the walls than 20-40 feet of water under the boat. I think that they do this because when we were there, only three of us were on Nitrox. They charge $14.00 per Nitrox tank. This is the most I have ever paid for Nitrox. The maximum depth for your first dive is 100 feet and 60 feet for your second. Diving on air, this may make sense, but when you dive on Nitrox, this makes no sense. I had hours of bottom time during my second dive. Why not just follow your computer? The water was very clear and the fish life was very good for Caribbean diving.
Websites Pirates Point Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, Australia, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Maldives
Closest Airport Little Cayman Airport Getting There You must depart from Grand Cayman ... Saturdays very busy!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-125 Ft/ 21-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions First dive 100 feet max and second 60 feet max. Return to boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank for cameras very small. Can handle up to 5 cameras. If 10 of the 20 divers had big cameras ... this would be a big issue!
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