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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman-east end

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point, Sep, 2009,

by Dean and Lori Conrad, tx, usa ( 1 report). Report 5127.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Saba, Utila, Roatan, Hawaii, Maui, Florida Keys, Fiji, Little Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions max depth and time suggested but computer divers allowed to dive own profile
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera buckets and tables on boats, no shore facilities. Crew was great with handling cameras in and out of the water

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Ocean Frontiers is quite possibly the best overall dive op we've encountered in more than a dozen years of diving. Crew members were friendly, professional, hard-working, knowledgeable, and were happy to guide dives or let buddy teams dive their own profiles. They made an effort to find sites with little current and better viz, although the viz was generally disappointing. Ocean Hawk and Eastern Skies boats are spacious and they do not overload them. We were lucky to visit during the coral spawning and that was the most incredible night dive we've ever done. Our favorite daytime dive trip was the 3-tank safari to the north side. We were particularly impressed with the crew's response that day when a diver on our boat began exhibiting DCS symptoms. She was immediately put on o2 and the captain radioed for an ambulance to meet us at a nearby resort. (The diver experienced complete resolution of her symptoms after about 2.5 hours of recompression treatment). Our 1-BR condo was sufficiently equipped, clean, comfortable and convenient. Housekeeping service is minimal, but the view can't be beat, and we loved having an in-unit washer-dryer. Just don't forget to pick up laundry detergeant in town before you head east. It's a long drive from Georgetown, but scenic if you are traveling in the daylight. If you are arriving late and renting a car, consider reserving with Avis. It was the only agency still open when we arrived late on a Saturday night. Would love to see Compass Point add an onsite restaurant. Skip the Wednesday night "divers' night" barbecue at the pool. The Sunday night fish fry on the beach in East End Village (next to the Texaco) is worth the experience. We also enjoyed takeout from Rankin's Jerk Center near Savannah. If you are traveling with a non-diving companion, Compass Point is probably not the best place to stay, unless he or she is happy reading a book by the pool. The "beach" is a bit mucky and there is lots of turtle grass. It makes for some interesting snorkeling, but it's no Seven Mile Beach. However, if you are looking for comfortable accommodations, convenient diving and a serene location away from the cruise ship hustle and bustle, we highly recommend it!
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