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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Sunset House

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Jacobson, CO, US
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Report Number 5371
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Akumal Mx, Maui, Kona, Fiji, Statia, Saba, St Kitts, Bahamas,
Florida Keys, and Cay Sal Banks, Channel Islads, Cal., etc. [Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
General guidelines given by on board divemasters for boat dives, shore
diving was totally independent. The only enforced rule was that if you went
into deco, you are done for 24 hours.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
This is the home of Cathy Church's studio and school, and the focus on
photography permeants the entire operation- much deference for space and
equipment.  This is the top place for treatment of UWP's.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Sunset House and Sunset Divers is well worth the money and time, and live
up to their motto- By Divers, For Divers.  This is great place to get
certified and experience your first dives, but just as good a place for the
experienced diver.  Wall diving is excellent, shore diving is user friendly
with a healthy reef, wreck, and memaid statue at your doorstep, and the
marine environment is healthy and intact.  When prevailing winds made the
on-site boat ramps not user friendly, Sunset Divers gave us a van ride to
the south side and put in from there.  This we did on 3 of our 6 days of
diving, and as the south side reefs and walls are not often dived, we
enjoyed sites that were pristine.  If you go and head to the south side,
request  "Hole in the Wall" and "Japanese Gardens" -
two spectacular locations- the first a deep wall dive, the second a shallow
reef dive that will delight all experience levels and please the most
discerning photographers and videographers.

Photographers can book one-on-one sessions with Cathy Church, including
dives and land sessions.  This is the place for the serious UWP who wants
to get better at their craft. Cathy Church also has a complete store and
UWP service center on premises. 

There are a couple matters to note which prove that even world class dive
destination resorts like Sunset House are not perfect. First, their gear
rental prices are very high.  Also, when the wind is strong from the west
or north west, shore diving is closed.  This happens rarely, but did happen
on three of the 7 days we were there.  Normally such closures occur a day
or two per month. 
Despite these two negtive observations, this dive destination resort and
operation still rates a 10 out of 10.

The rooms are clean, comfortable and modern, the bar is user friendly, the
restaurant food is excellent and reasonably priced, and the staff in all
areas is friendly, competent and accommodating. We enjoyed the company of
divers from throughout the Americas and Europe. The George Town area (about
a 25 minute walk away) offers a vasriety of excellent dining, shopping,
galeries and aother activities.  Cabs are a bit pricey, but the local bus
(really 15 passenger vans) are cheap and a great way to get around the
entire island. However, nearly all business (except the resort) close on
Sundays, so plan acordingly.  Also, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thurdays are
the busiest cruise ship days, and you may want to avoid the 10 am to 3 pm
crowds in George Town.

Suset House is as advertised, catering to divers, pampering underwater
photographers, and is in in every sense a word class destination dive
resort and operation. 
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