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Dive Review of SunDivers & Eden Rock/Morritts Grand in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by James A Heimer, Texas, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 4798
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, California, Texas, Bahamas,
BWI, USVI, Aruba, Bonaire, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Unguided shore dives - no restrictions other than usual sport diving limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
SunDivers had large, dedicated camera rinse tank and table for staging
gear; Eden Rock had no rinse tanks and limited tables crowded with dive
gear, so of little use for cameras; fw shower was available at ER for
rinsing cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
My wife and I spend a week shore diving on Grand Cayman each year, for the
past two years in conjunction with a week of intensive boat diving on one
of the Sister Islands (Cayman Brac and Little Cayman).  We have focused on
shore diving for two reasons:  its low cost - $25 to $40 for a two shore
dives - versus upwards from $90 for a two tank boat dive; and the
accessibility of interesting diving terrain (though not, generally, the
main wall around Grand Cayman).

We recently completed a week diving two facilities  SunDivers located
below the Cracked Conch Restaurant on West Bay with access to Turtle Reef
and Eden  Rock located on the south end of Georgetown with its well known
dive sites, Eden Rock and Devils Grotto.  SunDivers has by far the better
facility and the dive site that lends itself to repeated exploration; Eden
Rock lacks some of the amenities found at SunDivers, but the intracacies of
the clump coral groups and swim-throughs provide entertaining, if not too
challenging diving.

SunDivers has a large covered area for gearing up with long benches and a
bench and table combination that provide a convenient location to set up
gear and protection from the tropical sun while getting into a wet suit and
BC.  The entrance is a 10 yard walk through the outdoor bar area and down a
sturdy ladder into a small, narrow and generally protected cove that varies
from 4 to 10 feet in depth.  Once past the exit from the cove, buoys mark
the 30-foot depth and mini-wall drop off to 60 feet.  Farther out, the main
wall at 2000 feet deep is accessible to competent  divers, who dont mind a
swim.  The top of the mini wall was rich with macro creatures like
blennies, nudibranchs, and juvenile fish, and was also the location where
we observed a school of Rainbow Parrotfish, several large jacks, trunkfish,
bandtail puffers, and reef squid.  Deeper water is home to large morays,
white-spot and scrawled filefish, angelfish, stingrays, turtles, and the
occasional eagle ray, as well as the usual tropicals.  Upon exiting, there
is a large rinse tank, shower, separate, large camera rinse tank, and
hangers for drying gear.  The Mocabucca Bar provides a handy between dive
lunch spot, or an après dive gathering spot.

Eden Rock is less well equipped.  Its two picnic tables are unprotected
from the sun, and gearing up can be a warm experience.  Lockers can be
rented for gear storage, and there is a rinse tank and shower, but no
separate tank for cameras.  The entrance is down a ladder into shallow
water, then it is a short swim to either the Eden Rock or Devils Grotto
dive sites, with maximum depths around 60 feet.  Both have large clump
coral formations, some of which rise almost to the surface; Devils Grotto
is characterized by numerous swim-throughs.  In addition to morays,
stingrays, and the usual tropicals, both sites host large tarpon, which are
very approachable.  We also found giant anemones, arrow crabs, and  on our
last dive  a common octopus out foraging in 12 feet of water on the swim
back in.  After diving, you can walk next door to the Paradise Café
for local dishes, burgers, etc., or take the short drive to Sunset House
(Cathy Churchs HQ) and eat at My Bar.

Eden Rock charges for weights in addition to tanks, and their prices are
about 40% higher than those at SunDivers for a single tank shore dive. 
Since it is near the cruise ship pier, Eden Rock also attracts divers and
snorklers from the cruise ships, when they are in port.  That can make for
a crowded venue, all trying to put gear on the two picnic tables. 
SunDivers is too far out of town for cruise ships, so divers there tend to
be locals or those staying on the island.  It can be crowded on the
weekends, but during the week, you have a lot of space.

On another note, we usually dive on the Sunset House reef, but during the
week we were on GCI, they were hosting 90 PADI divers on vacation package,
so were closed for diving to the public.
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