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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Pirates Point, Aug, 2007,

by David Reubush, VA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 47 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 3482.

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, Utila, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas choppy
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The usual Cayman Islands 100 ft. first dive, 60 ft. second dive, come back with 500 psi. After 2 deaths on Little Cayman (different operation) this year buddy diving was strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 New, larger rinse tank on boat. First week there were 5 housed SLR's on the boat and the camera table was a bit crowded. Second week there was my housed SLR and a couple of housed point and shoots and things were much better.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our ninth trip to Pirates Point since 1995. We now come every year for 2 weeks. Of all the places we have been my wife and I believe the diving and food at Pirates Point are perhaps the best in the Caribbean. Since print subscribers can now access reports from previous years I will refer the reader to those reports and not repeat what I have said in the past. I will mention that this year the variety of things to see was even better than usual. Besides the normal number of nurse sharks and large variety of reef fish we had a pair of reef sharks that stayed at Mixing Bowl for the whole 2 weeks. There were 2 sea horses, the first green turtle I have seen in a number of years, and only the 3rd Goliath Grouper I have ever seen. There was also an especially large number of Hawksbill turtles. I also want to point out the patience and caring of the dive masters who went beyond the call of duty to help a single diver who, on their first dive, obviously needed help. The dive masters took turns being this diver's buddy/teacher so that none of the other guests had to deal with trying to accomodate this diver's needs, and by the end of the week, the diver was a much better diver.
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