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Dive Review of Don Foster's in
Cayman Islands/Gr. Cayman

Don Foster's, Jul, 2009,

by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States (Top Contributor Top Contributor 33 reports). Report 4895.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Bonaire, Palm Bch, Fla Keys, Barbados, Virgin Is., Hawaii, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We had been to the East and North end of Grand Cayman about a year and a half ago-and had wonderful dives; but this diving was arranged through our cruise ship (one of four- Cozumel, Belize,& Roatan to follow). The cruise ship stops were too short to arrange independently.We did e-mail the operation ahead for 63s, which they provided. We were picked up at the pier by the crew,and were taken to their shop to pick up gear We only brought regs and computers. In retrospect, I should have brought my fins, as none fit well, and by day 2 I had blisters on my toes. The dives took place near Georgetown- the sites we did were "Slaughterhouse Wall" and "Governor's Reef". There were 26 divers on the boat, and although many had been certified for years, they only dove once a year on cruises, or vacation. We were divided into 2 groups, and it took the crew a half an hour to get the first group off the boat- this was after the 10 min warning to suit up was given. This oper. caters to cruise ships, and should have had more crew along, and more groups. Most of the other divers in our group had buoyancy problems, and one woman tried to grab and touch everything. The divemaster explained to her during our SI that she was killing things. On the next dive, a small hawksbill went by, which she grabbed. I knew it was going to happen, and the divemaster admonished her afterwards. The water was very warm- about 85 most of the dive, but the areas we dove were sparse of fish. There were some soft corals, yellow sponges, and fans. There was a nice swim thru at the end of the dive. This was a five hr. excursion with no snacks, and only water provided.The first dive was 35 min., the second was 47- time limits enforced. Safety stop and roll calls were adhered to. We were not dropped where we were picked up,but some some distance away from the pier; many had gear to tow back.
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