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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by David Reubush, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2660
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Galapagos, Grand Turk, Provo, Red Sea, Roatan, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft. first dive, 60 ft. second dive, come back with 500 psi - All
loosely enforced for divers they are familiar with.  No specific time limit
for a given dive, but they try to leave the 2nd site to coincide with
arriving back to the resort for lunch.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Dedicated top shelf of table on boat for cameras.  Small rinse tank on
boat, but water changed every day.  Dedicated rinse sink on shore.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 8th trip to our scuba diving home away from home - Pirates
Point on Little Cayman.  Prior to 2002 we were coming about every other
year.  Since then it has been every year.  First it was a week, then 10
days, and now 2 weeks.  We have gone other places, but no other place we
have tried has the combination of great diving, great food, and wonderful
people that Pirates Point has.  We have been mainly coming in August when
the water is warm, calm, flat, and the visibility is still 80 ft. and
above.  (Although Hurricane Charlie got us in 2004 it only cost us 2 days
of diving which got made up since the airline couldn't get us home for an
extra 2 days.)  There are 9 of us from all over the U.S. who meet there the
same week every year.  The fish and reef are healthy.  Lots of the fish and
turtles are used to divers so that you can get close and get some great
photos.  This trip I had 4 or 5 turtles that swam slowly enough that I
could keep up and get lots of great shots.  My wife and I had 2 instances
where we swam for extended periods with small schools of squid who appeared
to be as curious about us as we were about them.  I also had about a 20
minute swim with an eagle ray who allowed me to keep flashing away with no
apparent concern.  At a couple of the sites there are several large Nassau
groupers who will follow you around and want to be petted.  Most of the
dive masters have been there for a number of years and are more like old
friends than supervisors.  If they are comfortable with your capabilities
you can do your own thing or tag along with them.  We typically loosely tag
along as they know where all the interesting tiny things are.  They only do
2 dives a day with an occasional night dive.  The first dive typically ends
up running about 70 minutes and the second about 85-90 minutes.  The dives
could be longer, but the schedule is driven by needing to get back in time
for lunch.  The only downside (if you can call it a downside) is that
Gladys Howard, the owner, is a gourmet chef.  Cam and Diane, the two chefs
follow her lead and the food is amazing.  I typically gain 5 pounds every
year and it takes me until the next year to get it back off and then I
start the whole process over again.  Gladys' advertising is almost entirely
word of mouth and after you have been there you understand why she doesn't
have to spend a lot to keep the place full.   
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