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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Tavan, CA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2856
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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

Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Shore Facilities  
Dry table reserved for cameras and computers. Small cooler of fresh rinse
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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