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Dive Review of Tortuga Divers/Morritt's Tortuga Club in
Cayman Islands

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by John E. Keith, UT, USA
Report Number 2255
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten, Saba, Cabo San Lucas,
Florida Keys, Monterey CA, Gran Canaria
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet max depth for divers with divemaster; 40 - 50 minute time limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Boat had a large fresh water tank for cameras plus another for masks. 
Unfortunately, one of the divers decided to use the camera tank to rinse
off her BCD.  She got a mild reprimand from other divers, but nothing from
the staff.  No facilities for cameras on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
We expected windy conditions from the forecast and other chap reports, so
we were not terribly disappointed that boats did not go out on three of our
seven days there.  We did have a problem with Ocean Frontiers - the best
operation on the East End according to the Chap book.  They cancelled us
saying it was too rough, but we went out with Tortuga and we saw one of the
OF boats was.  When confronted later, they admitted that "one of their
two boats was not running well.  It couldn't go out because of the
conditions and you were scheduled on that boat."  Honesty from the
get-go would have been nice.  Tortuga Divers (resort shop) was good.  We
did 2 2-tank dives on the south side (wind was NE).  The divemasters gave a
good briefing and were very attentive, if a little stiff at first.  Nothing
but water on the boat between dives.  One could dive his/her own profile on
computer, but no one did.  That made too many people (11) with one
divemaster.  The second day, they split the group (16) and it was better. 
The coral was in much better condition that I expected, but we didn't dive
the deep wall because of wind and currents.  Saw a few bigger fish
(including a nurse shark) but lots of smaller ones.  We did 2 shore dives
(Eden Rock and Sunset House) both of which were great - good coral and big
groupers and tarpon.  If we go back (high probability), we will concentrate
on shore diving except for one trip to the walls.  Morritt's (1 bedroom RCI
exchange) was very comfortable, well equipped, and pleasant.  Staff were
excellent.  Drinks around the pool were a bit on the light side.  Food
there was quite good, as was the case for most of the places we ate on the
island.  Locals seemed really friendly and pleasant.  However, as everyone
says, take your money belt.  Cheap it ain't.
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