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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman, E. end

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point, Oct, 2012,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 56 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 6724.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Australia, all over Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 85 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions CIWA guidelines; could dive own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments My wife, the photographer, had no complaints.

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

Accommodations 4 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 This was another return trip for my wife and me to Ocean Frontiers and Compass Point which has become one of our favorite destinations. We flew from Charlotte to Grand Cayman, getting a car rental as part of our package and then drove about 35 minutes to the East End to Compass Point Condos and Ocean Frontiers. The condo is a nice one bedroom unit only steps from the dive dock. Ocean Frontiers keeps records in their computer as to size tanks, C-cards, preferences, etc which is really nice. Nitrox is available, consistent in percentages, and reasonably priced. The boats are quite adequate, roomy and well run by the crew. There is not one crew member who was not helpful, courteous, friendly and very professional.

The weather was spotty with some rain, wind, sun, clouds, etc. The reefs look to be in very good shape overall, and the fish life was quite good. We saw only a few sharks, but the other boats saw more. There were lionfish seen and they have a lionfish hunt weekly and really try to cull the population as best as they can.

We dived two am dives daily and could add two more in the afternoon. An option for a 1 tank pm dive would be nice, but was not available.
Night dives are available, as well as a "fluorescent" night dive also.

A car is needed since there is no restaurant on site, although a bar/grill combination is planned. Local restaurants, such as Over The Edge, Tukka's, South Coast Bar and Grill, Lighthouse and a few others are really good and most are reasonably priced.

Overall, I think this is consistently about the best overall dive operation we have dived with in 20 years of diving. The entire experience is superb and all of the others diving with us felt the same way. We'll be returning again.
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