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

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point, Sep, 2013,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 71 reports with 27 Helpful votes). Report 7148.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My wife and I returned for the fall special with Ocean Frontiers, arriving on a Sunday-Sunday trip, diving 6 days, 1 bedroom condo and car. This is a very good special and the 3rd year we have done it. The check in is easy after about a 40 minute drive from the airport.The front office scans your C-cards and keeps a record of your dives, tank size, etc. The East End is laid back and traffic sparse, certainly compared to 7 Mile Beach & Industrial Blvd. area. The condo, which is very nice and adequate, is right beside the dive dock and after leaving our gear in a basket outside our room, we didn't have to touch it until we either geared up on the boat or left the resort. The dive boats are comfortable, and all 3 are fine. The dive staff is excellent as is the overall operation and I don't think there is a better one. The staff is attentive, but certainly not overbearing. I can't say enough good things about them. The diving was excellent, usually with great viz. The fish life was really good, with grouper and a lot of juveniles. We saw lionfish on probably 75% of the dives and they continue to be a problem. There were a few sharks seen, Caribbean Reef and a couple of nurse sharks. The dive guides allow you to go do your own thing (with a buddy) or follow them for half the dive and they bring you under the boat, be sure you see it, and then allow you to finish the dive as you wish.
The "Green Short Challenge" is an ingenious marketing tool to encourage divers to dive all 55 of the moored sites on the east end. My wife and I should get it next summer, & it's really fun.
The on site restaurant, "Eagle Ray's Bar and Grill" was good, but we went to the grocery for breakfast and lunch supplies, & then went out at night. Kurt's Korner is a local restaurant about 15 minutes away and was wonderful. South Coast Bar and Grill was good, and Tukka's was excellent but pricey. Over the Edge is another restaurant, that was pretty good, but has been better.

The diving at the East End is similar to Little Cayman. It is much more pristine, not overdived and we really love it out there. We will definitely return.

Websites Ocean Frontiers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Australia, Keys; all over Caribbean;
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-125 Ft/ 18-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet first dive, 60 feet second dive;
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments My wife, the photographer, was satisfied with the setup.
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