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

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point: "Awesome Dive Service", Aug, 2015,

by Douglas , IL, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 8337.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Absolutely zen wonderfully helpful friendly service from this super pro dive and condo operation every day on our 10 day visit. Condo (Compass Point) was a 3rd floor 1 bedrm oceanfront that was modern and clean, big and comfy, with kitchen, and a balcony right on the sea overlook. My only suggestion for improvement would be a better shower head, it'd only cost $10. The condo comes with a rental car which is super useful for traveling to the many excellent restaurants, as well as to "site see" on the small island. Eagle Ray bar and grill at the condo had excellent food, and some other nice restaurants in close range were Bombay Chopsticks right across the street, Tukka's and Lighthouse. We did the drive into Georgetown a couple times to go to the Grand Old House for an awesome romantic dinner, as well as to eat at delicious and equally romantic Ortanique at the cool development Camana Bay (go up its tower and notice the double staircase). From the moment we arrived, Ocean Frontier's dive operation made us feel welcome. They quickly checked us in and grabbed our gear, and then made sure that every morning our equip was on the boat ready to go, not a single mixup over the entire trip. Awesome boat captains (and dive guides) Andy, Elliott and Dan as well as Jon and Evan and Gus were great. Not only did they know their stuff (they were fixing equip for divers throughout the week, super helpful), but they were also super friendly and knowledgeable and funny to be around. Like with any operation, the crew can't all be perfect- one young tall female crewmember was downright rude to a diver who politely asked 2x post dive if the boat ladder could be put down for a short moment for the diver to jump back into the water post dive after removing her wetsuit (you know why, if you're an experienced diver), and the young girl 1st said "No, we're leaving back to dock now," and when asked politely again, bluntly said "No!" She then corrected her behavior (without apologizing) and put the ladder down with a smartypants comment "I guess I'll put the ladder down then," after the Captain gave her the evil eye "What are you doing?" to her from the bridge. That was amazing to hear for sure! Another young female dive guide abandoned her group of 3 experienced divers on the wall (I was one of them). We found our way back to the boat cuz we knew what we were doing, but the dive plan was for her to guide us around for 30 minutes and show us the boat location and make sure we all individually acknowledged her showing the boat, not leave without signaling us individually after 14 min. What if we'd been much less experienced? But those were the two minor concerns (to show I'm an honest reporter) in 10 days of INCREDIBLE SERVICE. DIVE YOUR OWN PROFILE as long as you'd like! The basic plan is to dive your own route if you'd like, or the dive guide leads a route for 30 min then shows you the boat location before surfacing and allowing you to dive within range of the boat as long further as you'd like. The dive briefings were entertaining and informative, and the crew were safety conscious and careful. Everything ran smooth as silk. We didn't repeat a single divesite in 30 dives, and one afternoon, with only 3 divers, they drove their comfy ship Eastern Skies, a long ways around the Eastern point to an awesome northern dive site called Babylon. (Speaking of boats, we didn't find their Nauticat boat to be as comfy as Eastern Skies.) My point is that they spent all that extra money on fuel, for only 3 divers! These guys go above and beyond! Dive sites had a mix of topography, sometimes rocky, sometimes volcanic crazy jagged shapes, almost always a bunch of cool swimthroughs, tons of soft corals, sometimes limited hard coral sometimes tons of color mimicking the pacific, great wall views with huge cavern swimthrus from the shallows to the deep . . . great architecture. Sometimes very few fish, sometimes medium, sometimes tons . . you know . . just like the Caribbean! We ran into good size grey sharks circling near us on about 6 of the dives and big-ass tarpon in small groups on multiple dives, as well as the usual Caribbean suspects. It was just incredibly relaxing to wakeup to a completely organized operation, walk 100 feet to the boat, log in your nitrox, do an adventurous wall dive followed by a fun shallower site, come in for lunch at Eagle Rays, go out and do two more entertaining dives . . . day after day ... it was complete zen relaxation and adventure tied into one. I would love to go back, and now I've probably made it hard to find an open spot after bragging on them so much, but Ocean Frontiers deserves the accolades, they earned it!
Websites Ocean Frontiers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Solomons, PNG, Truk, Palau, Coral Sea, Maui, Belize, Fiji, Grand Turk, Florida, Dominica, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Cabo Pulmo, Bonaire, Saba, Yap, Maui, Belize and Jamaica
Closest Airport Grand Cayman Getting There Chicago to Miami to Grand Cayman, easy as pie

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A 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 [None]
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