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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Wagner, TX, USA
Report Number 320
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
max depth (usually 110-100 ft first dive, 60-70 feet second dive), one hour
time limit (not really enforced), on the boat with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Rinse tank on boat, carpetted table for gear.    No processing at resort.  
One diver was a serious videographer - he was happy with the set up.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Pirates Point gets lots of repeat guests - we were the only
"newbies" during our stay.  After a day we got into the swing of
things, had a great time and met some fascinating people.   Food and
service were excellent.  Bugs were a nuisance mainly at dusk.   Deep Woods
Off - provided by the resort - was very effective.  The dive schedule is
leisurely - depart about 9:15AM, return around 2:00PM.  The 4 Divemasters
(Gay, Karen, Steve and Bart) were very skilled and very experienced - not
the usual 20-somethings.   Bart was new to the resort and Little Cayman,
but stated to have logged over 6,000 dives.  He showed some of his video
one night - very, very good and obviously professional.   Could go with
Divemaster on a "guided" dive or dive your own profile with a
buddy.   SI's consistently over an hour.   Boat had oxygen and a spare air
regulator at 15 feet.  At descent line was available but no hang bar.  
Very knowledgeable dive briefings given before each dive - especially from
Gay and Karen.   We dove the south side 4 days because of wind from the
north.   South dives are deep - the wall starts at around 70 feet.  North
side dives (Bloody Bay, Jackson's)are just awesome.   Vibrant sponges, hard
and soft corals on wall, lots of corals, fish and critters in shallows. 
The one night dive we did was just OK - not many critters attended.  Get to
Little Cayman on Island Air.   Baggage limit (including carry-on) is 55
punds, and they do weigh everything.  Extra luggage is 50 cents per pound,
and not gauranteed to go with you.  On our return trip, we were asked to
send what luggage we could the afternoon prior to help assure it all got to
Grand Cayman by the time we did.  
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