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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Carol Cox, FL, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2570
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Guam, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Roatan, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Fresh water rinse tanks used for all scuba equipment; not just cameras. 
Cathy Church's Photo Center is on site, but you can no longer get E-6 slide
film developed.  According to Cathy, you can't get it developed anywhere on
the island.  The facilities looked pretty good for digital photo
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We stayed at Sunset House prior to our Aggressor trip.  We were there when
Tropical Storm Albert was beginning to develop.  The room was very
comfortable with a large king bed, plenty of desk and dresser space for
camera gear, and plenty of storage space.  The furniture had been upgraded
since my last visit, and looked very nice. The king bed was adequately
comfortable, especially after a day of diving.  The air conditioning worked
very well; and I kept it on a warmer setting because we had cloudy
conditions and I got chilled easily.  The bathroom had a large shower, but
no tub which would have been convenient for the camera gear.  In some
rooms, the hot and cold knobs were reversed.  I enjoyed having a ground
floor room.  Walking up the stairs to the 2nd floor rooms was a challenge
in the rain because the tile became very slippery when wet.  The room my
friends stayed in, above mine, developed a leak in the wall during heavy
rain and the floor got a little wet.  I could see where the water was
leaking behind the wall in my room, but the floor stayed dry.  I got some
rain that came in under the door, which I controlled with a towel.  

Overall, the property was very pleasant with lots of flowering shrubs and
trees.  It was very nicely landscaped.  Although we had a
"courtard" room, we had some water views.  The pool had a lot of
sand blow in, but it was promptly cleaned.  No one was using the pool and
hot tub because of the rainy weather.

We were able to rent tanks easily from the small scuba facility on site. 
We were also able to use dive lockers for free with a $5 refundable
deposit.  Lockers were very convenient for our wet gear and storing extra
tanks for night dives.  Two divers could share a locker.

The two saltwater pools made entry and exit very easy.  When it got a
little rough due to formation of Tropical Storm Albert, we were still able
to make a comfortable entry in the second salt-water pool.  

The reef had enough critters to keep our interest for several dives.  We
saw turtles, French and Gray Angelfish, anemones loaded with blennies and
crabs, rock beauties, hamlets, squid, tiger groupers, and all the other
reef creatures.  We also explored the small house wreck and the mermaid
statue.  I would sign up for their boat trips if staying longer than a
couple of days, because the house reef would only hold my interest for a
few dives.

Sunset House closed the shore diving when conditions got to rough because
of Albert.  They put up a "No Diving" sign and pulled the ladders
when they were sure all the divers had exited the water.  It was probably
just as well, because visibility deteriorated to zero on the surface and it
was getting bad below.  I don't know if it was an act of kindness, or an
oversight, but we weren't charged for our last tanks.  We made the best of
things and spent the afternoon in town.

After exploring our options, we decided that My Bar and Seaharvest had some
of the best food around and they have some of the best views of any
restaurants within walking distance of Georgetown.  We enjoyed every meal
there.  You should check your bill before paying because the tip is added
to the cost of your food, which is the custom on much of the island.  They
served up a good variety of American, Cayman Island, and Indian food and
the prices were reasonable when you consider that the tip was included. 
Salads were fresh and nicely sized and service was excellent.  Breakfast
choices were slim, but the food was good and very filling.  I highly
recommend the conch fritters and the dolphin (mahi).

One tip on walking into Georgetown--the road between Sunset House and
Georgetown is very narrow with no sidewalks.  Walkers are very exposed to
traffic.  However, you can take a cross road to another street with wide
sidewalks that will take you straight into town.  Ask the front desk for

I know this probably should have been in the other review I filed, but I
want to give a big kudos to PADI.  Since my husband is an instructor, we
booked our Sunset House and Aggressor trip through PADI months in advance
and got a 5% PADI Professional commission (basically a discount, but they
call it a commission).  Less than a week before our trip I noticed that
Aggressor was giving a 10% discount to military personnel while checking
their web site.  I contacted PADI and they quickly refunded the difference
to us and another military couple we were traveling with.  This kind of
service will keep us coming back to the PADI travel professionals.  I'd
also like to thank Aggressor for the nice discount. :-)
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