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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Pirates Point, Jul, 2006,

by Rick Tavan, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2856.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Monterey, Maui, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Saba, Aruba, Channel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dry table reserved for cameras and computers. Small cooler of fresh rinse water.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I'm a big fan of Little Cayman in general and Pirates Point in particular. Bloody Bay Wall is simply spectacular, miles long and thousands of feet deep. Most sites along the wall have shallow moorings within 30' of a sheer dropoff. Some have great swim-throughs that take you through the "shoulder" of the wall. Typical first-dive guided profiles go quickly to 80-100', then swim leisurely upward until returning under the boat after 45 minutes. Most divers have enough air to explore in the shallows another 15 to 30 minutes, so dive times average over an hour. You can wave goodbye to the divemaster or arrange in advance to dive on your own. Nitrox is available. The resort does one two-tank boat trip daily, with occasional night dives by request. This time we did an extended lights-out swim toward the end of our night dive, a new and very enjoyable experience for me. There is good albeit shallow snorkeling behind the resort but you need to hitch a ride to shore diving which the resort does not encourage.

Pirates Point is most notable for friendly staff and incredibly good food. They have only 10 or 11 rooms and everyone gets acquainted very quickly. Proprietress Gladys Howard has been inspiring the Cordon Bleu level cuisine and playing dominos with her guests nightly for twenty years. The pace of life is relaxed. Staff is stable, not static, and first class. Accomodations are spacious and clean but not luxurious. Affordable wireless Internet is available. The lounge is decorated with eclectic art creations made by guests out of flotsam and jetsam. My daughter-in-law stayed and dived free this time because her Red-Footed Booby display won first prize in the annual art contest. I've been here three times and my next visit is already on the books.

Negatives? The diving is pretty easy and 2:00 to 2:30 hours of bottom time daily may be too little for the macho dive rangers out there. This is a bad place to test your maximum protection exposure suit. There is no night life, shopping, golf or tennis (fine with me). The only real problem for me is transportation - It takes three flights to get there from most US originations and you usually have to overnight, at least in the southbound direction if not both. Cayman Airways, the monopoly on the Grand Cayman to Little Cayman leg, annoys with frequent flight schedule changes for which the major carriers have no sympathy.
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