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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Nancy Olah and Bill Pace, SC, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3512
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Aruba, Provo, Roatan, Cozumel, Aruba, Hawaii, Lanai,
Kauai, Australia, San Salvador, St. Lucia, St. Croix, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Check out dives were with Gay Morse, who has been with Pirates Point almost
20 years. She's an incredible divemaster, and made great suggestions about
how to improve buoyancy and become a better diver.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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 $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
In almost 20 years of diving, Pirates Point on Little Cayman has emerged as
our new standard of excellence among dive resorts.  The combination of
outstanding diving, fabulous food, and caring staff in such a lovely,
unspoiled setting leaves just one question in your mind  how soon can we
afford to return?

We stayed at Pirates Point during the last week of May in an oceanfront
triple. While the accommodations are a little rustic, they were more than
satisfactory for our needs.  My husband, 14 year old son, and I are all
divers, and we were impressed by the quality and professionalism of their
dive operation.  Gay, Ingrid, Peter, and Ash are all excellent dive
masters, and they were especially helpful in assisting me with my dive gear
on the stern platform. (I had a back injury a few years ago, and need to be
very careful not to re-injury myself.)  My fears were unfounded  I was in
such good hands with the Pirates Point dive team that I dove twelve times
without any back problems whatsoever, thanks to their help.  We saw
hawksbill turtles on almost every dive, schools of squid, sharks, eels,
eagle rays, and abundant fish and coral.  After diving in other locations
with bleached coral and fished out reefs, it was immensely satisfying to
dive in such healthy conditions.

We met interesting and congenial fellow divers  some of whom have been
coming for up to 18 years!  Both on the dive boat and in the dining room,
we heard fascinating stories about their diving experiences and their stays
at Pirates Point.  We looked forward to every meal.  Each meal was
exceptionally executed by Cam, Dave and Debbie, usually centered around
various themes.  Lunch would be piping hot when we got back from diving
around two, and had such stand out menus as home made pizza, beer battered
snapper, or beef curry with cocoanut rice and mango chutney.  Several hours
later (after hanging out in the hammock, riding bikes around the island, or
shooting darts in the bar), the dinner bell would ring for another great
meal. Whether it was fajitas, roast beef, barbequed chicken and ribs,
paella, or perfectly grilled tuna, the main course (like lunch) was always
accompanied by at least three vegetables or side dishes, and fresh leafy
salads.  Dinner was served with wine, and was followed by gut-busting
deserts:  peanut butter pie, strawberry shortcake, fresh mango over sponge
cake, or key lime pie, to name just a few.  My son gained 8 lbs. in one
week, despite making twelve dives, playing Frisbee on the beach, and riding
a bike over 22 miles around the island.

The staff was extremely accommodating  especially to my son who was the
youngest person there.  Gladys Howard, Pirates Points legendary owner, was
gone for most of our visit, so we really cherished the fun champagne party
they threw at her lovely home when she returned on Friday.  Gladys
interesting stories and infectious laugh that Friday made us wish that we
had been able to have more exposure to her during our entire week. 
However, if Gladys had been there all week, we might not hagve spent as
much time with our dive masters, especially Gay, who efficiently manages
Pirates Point, has written a hilarious book about her experiences on Little
Cayman, and is a dive master beyond compare, and Ingrid, a lovely former
attorney from Wales with a sparkling wit, who chucked it all six years
ago to travel around the world.

Our vacation at Pirates Point could not have been better. While not
luxurious, I would rank it among the finest dive resorts in the world!
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