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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Cardwell, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3380
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Florida Keys, southern California, Sea of Cortez,
South Africa
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
First boat dive must accompany divemaster. Thereafter, free to explore but
given maximum time and 500psi limits. Must dive with buddy. Maximum depth
usually 100' first dive and 40' or 50' second dive, but computers not
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
This is Cathy Church's operation, so photographers are welcome and well
served. Large padded tables on boats, as well as separate freshwater rinse
tubs for cameras are provided both on the boats and on the dock. Cathy's
shop is on-site, with a wide assortment of batteries, parts, repairs,
rentals, and sales of u/w photo gear, film, and accessories.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We've dived many places with many operations and this was one of the best -
especially for u/w photographers. I have shore dived here for years but
this is my first time lodging and boat diving with Sunset House.
Accommodations were great, food delicious, and service wonderful.
Divemasters Mike, Pete, Emma, Jaxx, and Kevin were safe, knowledgeable, and
friendly. Boats are well maintained and comfortable for the short rides to
the dive sites. Shore diving is easy and rewarding behind Sunset House,
with the wall, a sunken WWII landing craft, and mermaid statue all an easy
swim from the entry. Tanks are available for unlimited shore diving there
or elsewhere. The coral and sponges along the west side of Grand Cayman are
not what they were 20 years ago, but there is lots of recent growth
(hurricane damage from Ivan?). Tropical fish and invertebrates are abundant
and varied as they have always been - still a great place for macro &
'normal' lens photography; nice wide angle shots full of large healthy
coral and sponges are less abundant. Saw more turtles during this visit
than ever before, averaging > 1/dive, plus the usual tarpon, great
barracuda, etc. Vis was 150+ feet, except during a 2-day bloom of some sort
of organic turbidity that reduced vis to about 50'. Weather was typical
June in the Caribbean - sunny and in the 80sF, with lots of big clouds,
occasional rain, and high humidity. Overall, we had a great time and will
return to Sunset House.
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