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Dive Review of Tortuga Divers/Reef Resort in
Cayman Islands/East End of Grand Cayman

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Stanislaw Zuk, NY, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6699
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Panama, Yap, Palau, Hawaii, Vanuatu,
Sipadan, Layang Layang, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zanzibar, Fiji, Rodrigues,
Cook Islands, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Bonaire, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand,
Maldives, many others...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
That was my third trip to Cayman Islands, and this time I decided to go to
the East End of Grand Cayman to rest in more relaxed and quiet atmosphere
than the  one of Seven Mile Beach. When you'll decide to got to the East
End you must rent a car at the airport, and the drive there is about an
hour from Georgetown. These days the western part of the island is quite
noisy and very well developed, so diving the East End is a much better
You'll be away from the herds of tourists, driving around quiet shore and
enjoying Rum Point, or sunbathing on secluded beaches just by yourself. In
August Grand Cayman is not that busy, and the East End is wonderful and
quiet. The two East End hotels, Morrits and Reef Resort are also quiet in
summer allowing everyone to enjoy the island, and the diving.
There is only one dive operator there Tortuga Divers, which is associated
with Red Sail Sports, and it is a very good operation. It all begins with
excellent client approach and the right attitude at the dive center, and
ends up with fond farewell after the dive.
I dove almost everywhere and I must admit that was one of the best boat
with one of the best crew I've ever seen. They were informative, helpful,
they would let you dive your own profile, and tried to accommodate every
diver on their boats, advanced or not.
I particularly like the Leatherback boat which even had two showers on
board to make everyone feel good. The crew was passing oranges between
divers during the break, and would help you with the smallest issue
regarding equipment, diving, etc. 
Nitrox was available for a 15$ fee, however, they would give you a discount
if you dove a few dives with them. The diving on the East End is so much
better than the rest of Grand Cayman, and you'll never see another boat. We
cannot compare it to my dives in French Polynesia, Fiji, Sipadan, or other
famous spots for instance, but for Caribbean it is quite good. Even the
dives situated closely to the hotel had a substantial amount of fish,
tarpons, barracudas, and turtles. The morning dives, like Turtle Pass,
always blessed us with reef sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, and nurse
sharks. On our first day we had a friendly single dolphin with us, which
followed our boat even to our morning dive site, and later caused trouble
"harassing" us in a friendly way, when we were descending to the
bottom. The crew was also trying to eliminate lion fish which infested the
waters of Est End, and sometimes they were feeding sharks with it. Overall
it was a very pleasant operation, and all dive guides should be mentioned
for their excellent work, Shaggy, Kaz, Travis, Stew, Rachel, and others
whose names I forgot.     
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