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Dive Review of Living the Dream Divers/Westin in
Cayman Islands/North Sound

Living the Dream Divers/Westin, Jul, 2010,

by Thomas Hanlon, IL, US ( 1 report). Report 5593.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Living the Dream was great to work with. My dive buddy is my 13 year old daughter who was certified by Gary at Living the Dream 2+ years and some 75 successful dives ago. They are an incredibly safe operation great for both families, experienced divers, new divers and technical divers. They can give you what you need. They are very knowledgable about the sites, both in terms of profile and what to expect. Tell them what you like and they will accommodate it. Their boat is quite spacious, and they only take a very limited number of divers (never more than 8 during the week we were there and average about 6). Their pricing is actually a few dollars less than the island average for 2 tanks dives. Their rental equipment is practically new and in very good condition. They even made sure to have a 2X BCD for me (I'm a larger guy). I miss them every day, but we'll be back in December for an even longer trip and will be diving every day with Living the Dream!

The Cayman weather was as expected in July (on and off rain and clouds) and the water was beautifully warm, sun very hot. I did see evidence of coral bleaching here and there (not really noticeable unless you are looking for it) so keep that in mind next time you crank up the A/C or drive when you could have walked or biked. Swam with so many sea turtles I lost count. Did 2 night dives as well (alway great to have a knowledgable divemaster with you for those) and saw octopi, giant crabs and lobsters, eels running about and other creatures of the night. Its great to see the sleeping fish and bioluminescence. Living the Dream had the tanks and equipment ready for us and it was all effortless (for a shore dive). I have sent pictures to Living the Dream and they have posted some on their site and Facebook page.

Feel free to contact me about Grand Cayman (our favorite destination for 8+ years) or Living the Dream Divers. Happy diving!
Websites Living the Dream Divers   Westin

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Grand Cayman (west, south and north sides), Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 85-87°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100-125 Ft/ 30-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On boat with no less than 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The dive sites around Grand Cayman are generally very clear and offer tons of photo opportunities. If you like fish, coral formations, swim throughs and turtles, this is THE place to go.
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