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Dive Review of Divers Down/Grand Caymanian in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Divers Down/Grand Caymanian, Feb, 2007,

by Paul Lima, TN, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports). Report 3286.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Hawaii, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions stay above divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments
Essentially none. There was an empty plastic garbage container for cameras but without any water.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments
We did a 2 tank dive with Divers Down. We were picked up at the condo and driven to 7 mile beach where the boat was waiting. The boat was adequate but would not have been able to handle rougher seas being open and low to the water. We were promised the North Wall but were taken a few minutes away to the West Wall. The spot chosen, Sand Chute, was not my idea of a wall dive and was a disappointment. I was also concerned the there was only one crew member on board and he dove with us on the first dive, leaving the boat unattended. The second dive was the Oro Verde, a nice wreck with lots of tame fish life and thus opportunities for closeup photos of French Angels, Queen Angels, etc. For the money we could have done shore dives every day and had a much better experience. We did shore dives the rest of the week and had great experiences with a number of different dive shops. We liked all of them but especially Dive Tech who had a great, shaded set up area, nice diving with lots of tarpon and scorpionfish and a great bar to end the dives. Grand Cayman is a great place for extremely convenient shore diving but you really need a car. We were warned about going to George Town when the cruise ships are in but the tourists do not impede traffic significantly although they do clog the stores. The Grand Caymanian Resort is very nice, quiet and relaxed although far from the beach if that is what is desired. I had a great snorkel off the ironshore in front of the resort seeing diverse life from a turtle to sting rays to lobsters to various shells in the grassy flats but it is not what most would think of as a "beach" and I did not see anyone else in the water during the week.
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