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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Hall, CA, USA
Report Number 2942
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet for 40 minutes or 60 feet for 60 minutes on supplied 72 cu ft
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The BEST shore facilities for photographers I have ever seen.  They had a
large restaurant style stainless steel double sink filled with fresh water
to rinse the cameras in. Each tank was about 2-1/2feet square and 2 feet
deep- plenty of room for cameras.  There was a separate concrete tank for
rinsing gear.  That tank was about 5-1/2 feet long by 3 feet wide by 2-1/2
feet deep, and it had a drain valve and was emptied and refilled during the
week (unlike the one in Fiji which is drained and refilled every Olympic
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Sunset House/ Sunset Divers Sept. 2006

We went for the Digital Madness week Sept 16-23, and really enjoyed
ourselves.  The boats were a little cramped with 14 divers, but not bad. 
The captains/crew/divemasters were among the best I have ever been diving
with.  However their choice of sites varied between fantastic and barely
OK.  The pre-dive briefing was comprehensive and yet brief.  Safety
measures were quite good, including what to do if they had to cut and run
with an emergency while we were down (go to the mooring buoy and wait there
until another boat came to get us).  There was a great area designated for
cameras only, a large (10 gallon or so) bucket for cameras, a separate
bucket for rinsing masks.  We were allowed to dive our own profile, but
return to the boat with 500 pounds. At every dive the divemaster/captain
told us the depth and time we should adhere to, but they were quite
reasonable- 100 feet for 40 minutes or 60 feet for 60 minutes. My wife and 
I tend to be  very independent divers, and we did not feel at all
restricted as we have on other boats. There were lots of critters  for
photography, and the walls and arches and swim thrus provided lots of
wide-angle possibilities.  We saw a turtle on at least one of the two dives
per day, and often on both dives.  On one dive, we saw two turtles. 
Visibility was always over 50 feet, and often over 100 feet, but did seem a
little off for the Caymans.  Favorite sites were Eden rock, Trinity caves,
Bonnies Arch, Cheeseburger (for the tarpon). Northwest Point did not seem
as good as any orf the other sites, but that could just be my perspective. 
We had unlimited shore diving, and we VERY much enjoyed just toodling
around in 25-40 feet taking pictures.  For the spotted drum, find the two
cylinder heads in the gully straight out from the bar, face away from the
bar and follow the gully for 100 plus feet.  When the sides of the gully 
close  in close enough to almost touch them with your outspread hands, look
under the ledge to your left.

Sunset House has been badly battered by the hurricanes, and, although they
have made a valiant effort at remodeling, there is still a slight mildew
odor to the rooms.  The walkways outside of the room was slick tile, and
the air conditioner dripped water, almost resulting in a slip/fall incident
for both my wife and myself when we were in bare feet.  Shoes/sandals are a
definite safety issue at this hotel.  We did not find out until later in
the week, but the water you use for showering and drinking (it is fine for
drinking) costs 3 cents per gallon.  Had I known earlier, I would not have
taken a couple of "Hollywood showers" as I did on Monday and
Tuesday. Everywhere we went on the island, the people we dealt with in the
shops and businesses were pleasant and polite and helpful.  I have not been
to any other place where the residents were so universally pleasant.  Also,
security was almost a non-issue (maybe because they had a 24 hour security
guard).  People left cameras and gear out at will, and there was never a
case of items growing legs.  I would not tempt fate, but in other places
we have been it was wise to keep a close watch on your gear, and that just
was not a concern here.  We will go back again for sure.  So far, this is
my all time favorite hotel/dive operation combination (
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