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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Reef Resort in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman, East End

Ocean Frontiers/Reef Resort, Apr, 2010,

by Lynda Durfee, VA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 41 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 5443.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bahamas, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Enter depth limit on NITROX log per tables and don't exceed limits. Dive your profile if on computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tank for cameras. Crew handed cameras to divers. Table in middle of boat used by divers for other gear (including coffee cups!)

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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Unusual weather (winds 20-30 mph and gusting higher all week). Bought ultimate package ($750 for 5 days unlimited diving) and was credited for day with no dives. Crew and shop personnel very friendly, professional, helpful at all times. Boat crew and DMs very safety conscious. Good dive briefings with sketch of site on whiteboard indicating depths, contours, swimthroughs, etc. DMs led dives for about 30-35 minutes, then you could explore on your own, or do entire dive in buddy teams w/out DM. I used NITROX all week (except shallow night dive), and all dives were 55-60 minutes, and I never felt rushed to get back on boat to meet a schedule. First dive am or pm was a wall dive to about 100 feet, often getting there via a swimthrough from about 60 feet. Some of the second (shallower) dives also included swimthroughs, open caverns, etc. Fun if you're not claustrophobic! Some of the dives had schools of tarpon hanging in the caverns. Unfortunately, no grouper seen at Grouper Grotto, due to overfishing. Didn't repeat a site all week. Short trips to dive sites (no more than 25 minutes), with sites on East End and east side of south coast. DMs very knowledgeable about critters, and books onboard to help with fish and creature ID. Didn't make it to Stingray City because govt closed the reef due to high winds and swells. BBQ with dive photos/films on Wed. evening for $20. I would dive with OF again. I didn't stay onsite (Compass Point) because I had a timeshare exchange at the Reef Resort, 3.7 miles north. The RR had a Dunkin Donuts, liquor store and grocery store just across street and onsite restaurant and bar. If you stay at CP, you will need to stock up on groceries and plan to cook, because there wasn't anything within a short walking distance that was open in the evening. You will also need a car if you want to explore or eat out.
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