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Dive Review of Tortuga/Morrtts Grand in
Cayman Islands

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David Reazor, MI, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6347
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Each dive had a time limit, but not enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Had a seperate dunk barrell and a very small table, mostly unusable
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
Safety, give them very high marks, current DAN Oxygen Kit, first aid
including a full bottle of hydrogen period and back board to move injured
diver. Boat had plenty of shade to get of the sun. Dive briefings were
enough and they always had two staff in the water with the divers and split
up the divers into 5-6 divers each max for those that wanted to follow.
Newbies and divers that needed extra attention received it.  On most
dives, there were two head counts by two different staff members. On one
two dive trip, they did a count and name call check-in. 
The two dive boats had the same layout, so once you were giving the base
explanation, it was good for both. There was fresh water and between dives,
orange slices were provided. Boat had enough shade and you could go up to
the flying bridge if you wanted. 
A board listed the plan dive sites and time. There was a briefing of each
site and before the pool was open, the crew checked the current.
Diving was easy and if you followed, it was nice and easy, even the photo
guys had plenty of time without being left behind. Only request was for you
to let them know when you hit 1500psi. They were very attentive and kept a
watchful eye on all of the divers. Generally, by the time the tour was
complete, both of us had close to 1000 psi, so they did not mind us
spending more time as the other divers headed up for their safety stop. 
For those who dived their own profile, we found that usually, they were
within eye site most of the time. 
The coral was a mixed bag; some were in pretty bad shape. Some spots were
much better. There were a lot of swim troughs and if you did not want to
follow, they explained to just follow the Champaign bubbles.  The biggest
thing we noticed, where did all the fish GO?  We were really surprised by
the lack of fish. We found one cleaner shrimp, but not one lobster which
surprised us. Fish of any size were noticeable absent with the exception of
grouper ally which had not a one grouper but a lot of tarpon. One ell, a
green moral out for a swim. 
This is not the diving we remembered from a few years earlier. There were
plenty of fish, I mean lots and lots. All dives except one were on the east
side and the one dive on the north, so we were shocked. 
Considering we only saw 5 lion fish, two of them rather large, that didnt
seem to be the problem. Maybe because of the lack of fish, the other moved
to other locations. 
As for the overall business side of the house, the crew was attentive, made
sure everyone had the gear required before leaving the dock, would setup
and change you gear if you wanted and generally provide all the help you
needed. If you needed help, they were there, usually before you asked. But
that is where it ended, they were not part of the divers on board and
pretty much stayed to themselves. If it was not business, they really did
not communicate and seemed reluctant to have a conversation. This was
something noticed by others and most stated they would not dive with them
again, it just didnt fee friendly, all business. Really a shame as they
have a great and safe  operation, but then maybe the crew is tired, been
there too long and the excitement is gone. 
One other note, we left our fins at home, what a mistake, the fins they
supplied are the full foot type and even their largest fins would not fit
over our boots made climbing the ladder, tough on my old feet.  I also
dont like the practice of everyone putting on their fins and then move to
the back of the boat, but then it was wide open, so probably made it easier
and they did help you make you way to the swim platform.
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