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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Morritt's tortuga Club and Resort in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman Island

Ocean Frontiers/Morritt's tortuga Club and Resort, Jun, 2006,

by Robert Newman, CA, USA . Report 2517.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Catalina Island-CA, Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Unenforced 100 foot max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera table not dedicated just to cameras. Camera rinse tank also had lights put into it.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Even though Tropical Storm Alberto took away the sun and provided lots of rain, heavy at times, it was not until the end of the week when the winds got too high that Ocean Frontiers cancelled several boat dives. The storm did not affect the underwater portion of diving, just made it wet topside after the dive. They had a very competent staff, Spencer (captain and lead DM) was outstanding.

Ocean Frontiers is on the NE end of Grand Cayman and dives the east and north sides of the island. We stayed about 5 mintues away from the dive operation so they picked us up prior to our afternoon dives. They have two boats - we dove on the NautiCat. On the dives there were 12-14 divers, not crowded.

Spencer gave a very detailed dive briefing with depths, suggested profiles and any special things to look for while holding a good drawing of the dive site. We could follow the DM or dive our own profile, so we started with the DM but headed off on our own after 10-15 minutes. Most of our dives were 40-50 minutes at depths between 50-85 feet. Those with computers could dive their computers as long as they stayed away from decompression dives with no time limits. they stressed doing a safety stop before every dive, and had a reg hanging down ~20' for those low on air.

After each dive they asked for our time and depth and checked our dive computer. After they got to know us they did not check our computers, just asked for the info. At the end of the week Ocean Frontiers provides a printed dive log for each person.

One could leave their gear on the boat in big plastic crates they labeled with our name and Ocean Frontiers would rinse it off and set it up the next day. We left our BCDs and fins, took our regs and wetsuits back to the resort to rinse; others left all their dive gear.

Vis stayed great, but without sun it was darker and photogs needed lights to take any pics. Reefs were in good to great shape. Lots of macro life, 1-2 turtles on many dives, a couple of sharks, and some big grouper. The sites Ocean Frontiers took us to really nice sites not dived much by others like on the west end. The Maze, Grouper Grotto and Babylon were really great dive sites with deep canyons and lots of sea life. Overall I would dive with Ocean Frontiers again and highly recommend them.

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