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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David Reubush, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (42 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5009
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Galapagos, Grand Turk, Indonesia, Provo, Red Sea, Roatan, Virgin
Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft. max first dive, 60 ft. max second dive, come back with 500 psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Bigger rinse tank on boat than last year, but would be crowded if there
were a lot of photographers onboard.  Table on boat for cameras.  Separate
rinse tank (large sink) on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was our 11th trip to Little Cayman and Pirates Point and we have
already signed up for next year.  What started with a recommendation from
Ben back in the early 90's that listed Pirates Point as one of his
"Ten Classic Dive Destinations" has turned into an annual
pilgrimage.  My wife and I believe that Little Cayman is perhaps the best
diving in the Caribbean and Pirates Point is perhaps the best dive resort. 
The number of repeat visitors is ample substantiation that others agree
with us.  For the 2 weeks we were there this year the majority of the
people there were repeat customers, most of whom we already knew and had
dived with in past years.  Similarly, the staff turnover is small so you
know the dive masters and they know you and your capabilities.  For those
that need attention they get it, for those who don't they are free to
follow the group or go off on their own.  Gladys Howard, the owner, does
not advertise so if you do not subscribe to Undercurrent or hear about the
resort from someone who has been there you would not know it exists.
The diving, while good every year, is never the same.  The past couple of
years caribbean reef sharks were seen frequently at the same depths as the
divers.  This year the reef sharks were generally seen below us on the
wall, however there were nurse sharks in abundance at shallow depths.  This
year was also great for a host of macro critters.  The dive masters found a
baby bat fish that was about 0.25 inch long.  I found a Blue Streak
nudibanch that is shown in the Humann book, but has no scientific name. 
The dive masters are great at locating things for the guests to look
at/photograph.
Gladys is also known for her food.  Every meal is a culinary adventure.  We
often had visitors for dinner who were staying at other resorts on the
island.
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