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Dive Review of Wall to Wall Diving/Christopher Columbus in
Cayman Islands

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Ched Miller, NH, USA
Report Number 761
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Been diving since 1966 - to many to list]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Not deeper then 100 feet, dive your computer if you didn't have they loaned
you one and taught you how to use it  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
My son and I dove with Giles and Deanna, Wall to Wall diving, for 16 days
in June. My son did his certification dives with Deanna and then we joined
the rest of the divers for the next two weeks. The boat, which was the most
spacious and comfortable 8 diver boat I have ever been on, and the diving
were both handled perfectly with Deanna and Giles coordinating the diving
with the divers and between themselves to ensure that everyone received the
help they needed yet received that latitude to enjoy the dive as they would
like.  The first dive each day was on the wall where we went deep and then
came up and worked the top of the wall around the boat until we hit 500lbs
and surfaced. Giles or Deanna would lead the dive while the other would
stay on the boat or do a shallower dive with a student or a young diver.
They always managed to get us up on top of the wall when we were at about
1000lbs which was no small trick since there were very experienced divers
and very new divers.  When we surface one of them was always there to help
us up on the boat and the other was always the last one out of the water.
The second dive was farther up on the reef and gave us all great bottom
time and was a meandering dive which you could go along with Deanna on
Giles or loosely follow at your own pace and interest. The advantage of
following was Giles and Deanna were that they were much better at spotting
the unusual or unique undersea creature then the rest of us. 

The attention and awareness that Giles and Deanna had to what was going on
with the divers in the water with them was demonstrated by a simple
signaling process that us old divers use. They wanted to know when you hit
1000lbs and how I would do that would be to tap my knife on my tank.
Sometimes on the second dive they would be 100 feet away and I would just
tap the tank and on the first tap they would both turn around, meanwhile
none of the other divers would even raise their heads, including my son who
was right next to me. It is notable that I never said I would signal them
that way and they responded to the signal the first time and every time. I
was, and am, quite sure they had us under their watchful eyes but you would
never know they did as you enjoyed your dive.

As you would expect for the Caymans the water was clear the wall and reef
beautiful and the tropicals prevalent with plenty of morays, turtles and
rays cruising the wall.

We stayed at the Christopher Columbus which was great and Giles set us up
for two afternoons of sailing on a great 34 footer with captain and crew.
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