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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Samuel B Johnson, NC, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 6342
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Almost all Caribbean, some California.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Almost all dives limited to 50 minutes. Strict enforcement of buddy diving,
both boat and shore.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
2 stars   
1 stars    
Generally a disappointing week. The dive sites were unexciting, not in
great shape, with limited varieties of life. The shore dive has almost no
interesting sea-life until one reaches the wall which it takes 20 minutes
to reach. My non-diving partner was disappointed that there is absolutely
no beach; it is all rocks and docks. No wading, beach sun-bathing, walks on
the beach, or snorkeling. The boat crew were reasonably pleasant, but
briefings were vague and inadequate, and dive masters in the water pointed
out nothing interesting. Diving with the dive master meant being shepherded
in a too compact group and being treated as if one were a novice, so
experienced divers explore on their own with few helps or hints from the
dive briefings and not particularly interesting sites. Tanks regularly were
underfilled, and the frequency of bad O-rings was surprising. If you put a
tank in your locker for a night shore dive, put your regulator on it and
check it out; don't assume it is okay. Lockers for gear are much too small
(think high school book locker) without even a shelf. The
"Kitiwake" wreck is a moderately interesting wreck dive and the
reef near it was one of the more interesting reefs of the week. Food at the
on-site restaurant, also served at the bar, was good but overpriced as was
all food in town. Town was accessible only by a long walk (30 to 45
minutes) or by an expensive cab ride. Manager was much in evidence and
clearly anxious to please, but there is only so much his good intentions
could accomplish. I doubt if I'll go back to Grand Cayman and certainly not
to Sunset House. A few years ago the diving was pleasant, and far superior,
on Cayman Brac.
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