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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point in
Cayman Islands/East End, Grand Cayman

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point: "Great place to stay & dive on the East End", Dec, 2017,

by Wayne Joseph, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 10151 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My wife & I visited Grand Cayman, East End in the first week of Dec. We both wanted to return to this area as it had been since around 2004 that we last visited and we were going to celebrate her birthday. I wanted to practice wide angle UW photography. Unfortunately, she contracted pneumonia in the beginning of Oct. and on the advice of the experts at DAN she didnít dive. They recommended waiting 5-6 months before diving again to avoid any serious medical problems. So I dived with others on the boat.
Previously, we dived with Ocean Frontiers and if anything, they are better today than last time we were with them. They have several boats, two of which were used mostly to transport divers to various locations & they were in the process of getting another newer boat ready to transport divers. The setup with the dive shop, equipment room, and dock is very convenient, especially if you are staying at Compass Point. You are scheduled to do 2 morning dives and can sign up for other dives that go in the afternoon or night. Their boats are fully equipped and they conducted the dives in a safe manner.
It was our first time staying in these condos and ours was appointed well with much of what you would want for accommodations; kitchen, bath/shower, TV, wifi, washer & dryer, etc. Our unit was very clean; on the first floor with a balcony overlooking the beach. The package included breakfast at Eagleís Nest, located on the premises. We ate most of our other meals at this restaurant. The breakfast menu is quite limited; eggs cooked to order, choice of ham, bacon, or sausage, potatoes, toast. There was also a limited number of cereal in small boxes available. We ate lunch & some dinners at Eagleís nest that were quite good. We also ate some dinners at other restaurants that were delicious; Tukka, Bombay Chopsticks (across the street offering some pretty spicy food which is to our liking), and Italian Kitchen.
The package also included a rental car that we used to tour a bit of the East & North side of the island. If you decided to dive the Kittiwake or Stingray City, you needed the car to get yourself to the location where you board another boat that takes you to the dive site. We have visited Grand Cayman at least 7-8 times in the past 30 yrs and have seen many changes. Thankfully, the East End isnít built up like the George Town area. I was also interested to see the changes occurring on the reefs.
The first few days the diving locations were limited due to high winds making it difficult to get to the North side. So most of the diving was done on the south. The reef; corals, sponges, etc. looked better than what we saw on the west end when we were there at the beginning of the year. But, it isnít what I remember from previous trips; I really missed seeing the azure vase sponges that I saw & photographed previously and Iím still not used to seeing lionfish in the Caribbean.
When we finally were able to get to the North side you could see much more growth on the reefs, esp. at Babylon. This is a great site for wide angle photography as it has a lot of growth and color. But at about 70 feet I noticed some large type of plate coral that was bleached. First time for me to see this in the Caribbean. (as I stated previously, itís been quite a while since I dived the Caribbean). A dive guide told me that the ocean temp was 88 degrees last summer (2017) that caused the bleaching. The temp had returned to 82 degrees during our visit.
Another thing I noticed at about 70-80ft was something covering part of the reef & sponges (almost completely covered one sponge) that I had never seen before. These were flat, dark grey with occasional white spots with a hole in them. I asked the dive guides and we looked through all the ID books in the shop & couldnít find them. After I got home I contacted Anna DeLoach and sent her a photo. She was finally able to ID it as Didemnid ascidian, a type of tunicate. Donít know if it will continue to multiply or die out.
Overall, it was a great trip. The only thing is that I wish we could have done more diving on the North side, but that was up to Mother Nature.
Websites Ocean Frontiers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Bonaire, San Salvador Island, Fiji, St. Thomas, California, Sardinia, Hawaii
Closest Airport Owen Roberts Int'l Airport Getting There We flew AA from SFO to Miami, then to GC

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Limited to 100ft depth. Come back with 500psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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