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

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Ellis, GA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4107
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman
Islands, Cozumel, Curacao, Florida Keys, Grenadines (Mayreau, Petite St.
Vincent, Tobago Cays), St. Vincent, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usual Cayman rules - maximum depth of 100 feet; first dive limited to 40
minutes; second dive limited to 50 minutes; minimum 40 minutes surface
interval confirmed by divemasters.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Sunset House is the home of Cathy Church's studio.  Therefore, you can find
anything you need for your u/w photo needs including repair/service; add-on
equipment; batteries, memory; cords; strobes; arms; etc.  In addition to
Cathy, there is a very capable staff that will work with you to improve
your photo taking.  

The boat crew are more attuned to photographers b/c of Cathy Church's
presence.  They give a briefing at the beginning about the camera bucket
and dry table and do an excellent job of assisting you in/out of the water
with your camera.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Sunset House is a fantastic resort, but it isn't the Ritz-Carlton.  The
resort is old and went through an upgrade/repair after hurrican Ivan.  The
ocean view rooms are the nicest, but the island view rooms will serve most
people's needs.  The only issue with the island view is that they don't
have an extra table to store equipment (camera, books, computers, etc.)
like the ocean view rooms do.  Every room has tons of electrical outlets to
charge electronic equipment and are all US-110V.  There are 2 restuarants
on site and both have excellent views of the sunset each night.  The food
is great and there are usually 2-3 specials each night in addition to the
menu.  However, you are only a short taxi ride from several other great
restuarants such as Lobster Pot and the Wharf.

The resort is definitely geared toward divers, so if there is a non-diver
in the group you might want to look elsewhere or confirm they are OK with
the accommodations.  There is no sandy beach - it has an iron shore.  The
hot tub and pool are nice and elevated but they get crowded after lunch. 
The bar and large deck are a great place to hang out.  There is wireless
internet through most of the resort with the best reception at the bar and
it decreasing significantly in the rooms due to the thick concrete walls.

If you book the dive package, you get 2 boat dives each morning (8:15am
departure; noon return) and unlimited shore diving.  Nitrox is $12 per tank
with no package.  Since they have a limited number of Nitrox tanks it seems
like the staff are talking you out of using it.  The shore diving is very
easy and there is a very detailed map at the dive shop that shows you how
to navigate the very easily.  There is a decent reef, a wreck and the
infamous mermaid statue.

The boat diving is great and the staff does an excellent job of finding
sites with little to no current and good visibility.  The sites are still
recovering from hurrican Ivan so the soft corals and sea fans that used to
be plentiful are mostly gone, but after almost 4 years the sites are
getting healthy again.

We saw several turtles (at least one daily), 2 dives with spotted eagle
rays, dozens of moray eels and lots of reef fish.

The resort is a fantastic place for several days of diving.
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