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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by David Reubush, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (42 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1248
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Red Sea, Australia, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Bonaire,
Curacao, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were requested not to exceed 100 ft. and return with 500 psi.  As repeat
guests nobody checked.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Photographers get exclusive use of the top shelf of the table on the boat. 
For this trip there were only a few of us so this was more than ample.  The
rinse tank is a converted cooler.  The water is changed frequently, but
because of the small size most times all your camera gets is a dip before
it goes back on the table.  Back at the resort there is a deep sink devoted
to camera rinsing.  I typically put the camera in on our return and
retrieved it just before dinner, several hours later.  On the boat the crew
was always quick to hand you your camera once you were in the water and to
take it from you at the end of the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The good:  Just about everything.  This was our 6th trip to Pirates Point
since 1995.  One of the inducements to subscribing to Undercurrent was a
booklet of the best places to dive.  Included in the booklet was a review
of Pirates Point.  We decided to try it after reading the review and have
been going back ever since.  Gladys Howard, the owner, and her staff make
you feel like family and you really are.  We have been going the beginning
of August for the last 3 years and have become good friends with a group of
people from all over that also comes at this time.  In addition to repeat
customers, the staff typically have been with her for years.  I have been
other places in succeeding years and found a total change of staff. 
Turn-over is low at Pirates Point.  The Bloody Bay wall is truly one of the
best places in the world to dive.  Swimming out from the boat in 25 ft. of
water over the edge of a sheer wall that drops off for 6000 ft. is the
closest to flying that I have ever experienced.  The coral is generally in
great shape,  the fish life prolific, and there are lots of turtles.  In
the last several year the number of sharks has also increased.  The Cayman
marine park is really working.  One dive site even has a resident Nassau
Grouper that likes to be petted like a cat, even though no feeding is
allowed.  Besides the world class diving the food is out of this world.  We
were there for 2 weeks this year and I gained 5 pounds.

The bad:  Pirates Point, like everyplace in the Caymans, is not cheap, but
compared with other places I have been it is worth the premium price for a
premium experience.  I gained 5 lbs.  Not much else.
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