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

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point: "Ocean Frontiers and Compass Point East End Grand Cayman Island", Sep, 2017,

by Howard Kaiser, MO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10092 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our latest trip to Compass Point and diving with Ocean Frontiers. The staff has turned over this past few years but we've gotten to know the newcomers and I can say that hiring the proper people is the key to Mo Fitzgerald and Steve Broadbelt's success. In the interest of full disclosure, we are owners at Compass Point but that doesn't take away from the fact that dive masters who work here are generally very positive ,helpful people.
We were diving with OF last year when my father passed away suddenly. The staff was so helpful allowing me to stay the extra day to off-gas and offering me the use of their phone to keep in contact with the States. A very difficult time...but thank you to Dez and the entire staff for the lift.
I noticed immediately that the lionfish population is down although the theory that they are deeper and/or tend to hide from divers these days may have some validity. The positive, however, were better populations of cleaners which should help the reefs in the shallow dives recover over time. I've always noticed that the red algae is noticeably more pervasive in areas where the lion fish are hiding nearby- a sign of their predation.
Lots of shark sightings this trip, almost always on the early morning dives out at the point- the Maze, McSorley's dive sites..large schools of chubs and jacks one the shallower sites although the visibility did tend to close down later in the day, once to 30 ft or so..Turtles on every dive including a few younger ones who hung out with the divers. Not as many nurse sharks as in the past nor eel sightings this trip. There is a small colony of chain morays right at the OF pier, which was neat to see since they were only around eight inches long hiding under a coral head. We counted six one day as I recall.
Due to weather (hurricane) issues, we weren't able to go to Babylon and the northern dive sites.
I'm glad to hear and read reports from old friends who still enjoy the dive community that's grown around OF over the past twenty years. We'll be back down there this spring and hope to see everyone.
Websites Ocean Frontiers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Baja, Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, Bahamas, Hawaii , Grand Caymans, North Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There easy 6 hrs from KC to CLT to GCM on American 821.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Usually requested that divers not go below 100 ft; not strictly enforced since most divers on board were on computers and nitro. Staff will wave diver up if they've gone too deep.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera buckets in all boats. Dive briefings includes request to keep a designated area clear for cameras. Very diligent in passing rigs etc and securing while underway.
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