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

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point: "Where are the fish?", Sep, 2019,

by Dyan Lee, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11128.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The resort was great. Very laid back. Our "room" was a one-bedroom condo - walked out on the deck, down 4 steps and was on the beach looking at the ocean. Sliding door was a challenge. Probably too much salt air. Other than trash collection, housekeeping was an extra fee; however, our unit was equipped with a washer/dryer so we washed and/or dried towels as needed and that worked out perfectly.

Dive operation was very smoother. "Roll Out of Bed Diving" - they handle all your gear so no lugging stuff up and down the pier. Very relaxing. I did have a slight issue with the deep dives. Divemaster briefs the upcoming dive by saying "max depth is 100' - and you don't have to go that deep." Standard stuff; however, if you chose to follow the DM they inevitably went to the 100' limit - or further. I shouldn't have followed that profile, but then I didn't want to miss out on anything. First deep dive was 91'; second swim thru brought me out at 128', third 102' and fourth 97'. I am a senior citizens and should not have gone so deep, and even though I followed my computer's profile and safety stops I still got the skin bends. Thanks to articles about this that I'd read in Undercurrent as well as other publications I recognized the symptoms and called DAN the morning after symptoms appeared: itchy skin on my thighs and abdomen, very tender abdominal muscles and slight dizziness the evening before. DAN confirmed the diagnosis and I went to the hospital in Georgetown. I was very lucky to have had only a mild case. The doctor administered oxygen for about 60 min and sent me on my way with advice: do not dive so deep, use nitrox whenever possible, and don't do a weeks worth of 2-tank dives without taking a day off in between.

Due to a slight wind we had to dive on the south side of the island. Maybe it was the weather, but there were hardly any fish. Big or little. Corals were lovely, and on our fourth day of diving we saw two very inquisitive reef sharks and a turtle. Other than that - very few fish. I usually come home with 100+ photos - this time I have less than 50.

In spite of the above I had lots of fun - diving with good friends and just being in the water makes for a good day. However, I don't think I'll be returning.

Websites Ocean Frontiers   Compass Point

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cayman, Cozumel, Akumal, Florida, Roatan, Lake Superior, FIJI
Closest Airport Georgetown, Grand Cayman Getting There flight from mainland

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft max depth, not enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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