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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Pirates Point, Aug, 2005,

by David Reubush, VA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 47 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 1914.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Great Barrier Reef, Galapagos, Red Sea, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 86 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft. first dive, 60 ft. second dive, no time limit (on some days I had over 3 hours bottom time in 2 dives), return with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated table on boat for cameras, small rinse tank on boat strictly for cameras, larger. dedicated rinse tank back at resort

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 7th trip since 1995 (and 4th year in a row) to Pirates Point. We started going right after we got our subscription to Undercurrent and received a booklet on the best places to dive as an inducement to subscribe. Ben was right then and it is still our favorite place. There are at least 10 of us who meet there the same week every year. The resort only has 10 rooms so there are never more than 20 people on a 42 ft. Newton. The second week this year there were only 3 of us which made it like a private charter. We spent 2 full weeks of just wonderful diving. The water was warm and flat, the visibility was great, and we saw lots of stuff, both large and small. On the big side we found one Goliath Grouper, saw several reef sharks, lots of nurse sharks, several eagle rays, lots of southern sting rays, and numerous turtles. On the small side we saw 2 sea horses (my wife actually found one of them), 3 pipe fish, a baby trunk fish, and lots of different varieties of other small fish. Another great thing on the diving side of the house is that there is very little turn-over in the staff so that you see the same dive masters year after year. They know your skills and also know the reefs VERY well. It is amazing the stuff they can find. On the resort side the food is to die for. The chefs (and I mean chefs not just cooks), Cam and Diane, have been there for a number of years. We always gain 5 pounds each every year and have to work hard to get it off in time to gain it back the next year. If you want to eat, sleep, and dive this is the place. If you want night life forget it.
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