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

Ocean Frontiers: "Ocean Frontiers, still excellent after all these years!", Jun, 2017,

by Michael L Lewis & Jan Lewis, TN, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9844 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations N/A 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 $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had another great dive trip with Ocean Frontiers. We have been diving with them each year for 15 years or so. There were quite a few new dive masters this year, but they are excellent, just like the veteran crew. OF is a very safety conscious, valet dive op. Once they get to know that you are a good diver, they will allow you to dive with your buddy if you want. Or you can follow the dive master, your choice. After the first day they will set-up your gear for you if you want, and have it waiting on the boat for your next dive. Of course we always check to ensure it's properly set-up. They have a lot of repeat visitors, and you need to book your dives ahead of time, especially for mornings.

We were there for the first week of dives on their new boat, the Gun Bay, and Steve gave us a personal tour. He is rightly extremely proud of her. She is a phenomenal dive boat that the owners made sure was very diver friendly. We love the individual mask buckets, and the rails that allow even short people to push themselves out of their seats.

The coral was in fairly good shape. There were more juvenile fish this year. And there were less Lionfish. The Lionfish have reportedly moved deeper, and they are learning to hide from hunters with spearguns. Kudos to OF for doing the weekly Lionfish hunts. We had several appetizers or meals of Lionfish during our 2 week stay. Yummy! We saw several turtles, Green, Hawksbills and Loggerheads. And there seemed to be more sharks this year. We had several Stingray and Eagle Ray sightings, as well as the normal green moray eels, and spotted eels.

The only major problem on this trip was a couple of rude divers, photographers, who decided to extend their morning dives to 1 hour and 15 or 20 minutes without regard for the other divers or the crew. The crew had no chance to get lunch on those days, and divers that were going back to another resort for lunch or to pick up other divers had less than half an hour to get back to check-in for the afternoon dives. We would have liked for the shop to say something to these rude divers, and I think they might have done so. They should have been banned from future dives after doing this on multiple days.

Overall, we had another great dive vacation with OF. We will return!

Websites Ocean Frontiers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Galapagos, Florida Keys, Bonaire, Tobago, Belize, T&C, Bermuda
Closest Airport GCM Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-65 Ft/ 8-20 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy dive, 100ft or whatever your nitrox mix allowed, 50-60 minutes was suggested but not enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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 We're not photographers but there is a camera bucket and camera table.
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