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Dive Review of divetek/cobalt coast in
Cayman Islands/grand cayman

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by al marvelli, ny, usa
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Report Number 4106
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
ny,nj,pa,va,fl, roatan,costa rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
150   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay w/leader,limit of cert<mod1 ccr rebreather/air dil>  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
rinse tanks on/off boat, staff camera aware-they allowed photogs to dive
their own profles once they felt you had a clue.DM's found some small
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
this trip was for Innerspace 2008,which is an all rebreather event held
each year at divetech dive center at the cobalt coast resort. there were
several industry reps there diving, teaching and promoting rb's. It was a
unique chance to chat with and dive with many people at the forefront of
rebreather diving and techonology. However the best diving and group
experience comes for the trimix certified.

The resort has two boats and a concrete pier w/ladder for shore diving. the
house reef was a five minute swim and most could dive it for a week and not
see everything, i know i didnt. each day at 8am two boats leave,one for a
deep trimix dive<300+> and one for a normoxic trimix
dive<180-200>,then at one oclock a boat went out for a mod1 or air
diluent dive<max 130>. Mod1 folks like me dove the house reef in the
morning. or just chilled. I was trying to keep run times down on the boat
dive so i usually did about 90 min total in the morning, then 140-160 min
total on the boat, running multilevel profiles. The staff was very
concerned that their guests not get into a situation where deco time owed
exceeded the available bailout gas. The groups were all rebreather until
the last two days where some of the oc wives/girlfriends came out to dive,
the DM's then made two groups so you got your silent dive if that was your

After the later boat dive you had to hustle to get fills if you want to
nite dive,you can shore dive anytime, but not without gas.Scrubber material
was right there all the time but for gas you had to get the fill station to
do it, and they go home at 5pm. Other than that < and who came blame
folks for wanting to go home when work is over> the staff was very
attentive and friendly.   

A normal day, up at 7am, breakfast buffet style, then prep the rb, beach
dive from say 8 to 10 then lunch by the pool then 1 pm boat reef dive,
you'd get back around five, clean up for buffet style dinner at 630 and
then after dinner there were presentations on various rb topics, some very
informative,some little more than sales pitches. luckily no one used the
words 'timeshare' or' condo lifestyle opportunities"the whole week.

the food was good, basic buffet style fare, always a meat or a fish, and
veggies and carbs ,and pie after dinner. the room was clean and the maids
checked every day while you were diving,probably as good or better than a
us chain hotel. the room was big, as a single i had to share but thats all
part of the adventure right?we had a kitchenette and a living room. us tv
stations and 110 power.

will i go back yeah sure but i want a trimix ccr cert first i think. The
diving was awesome and the people worked hard to make a nice trip.
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