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Dive Review of Pirates Point Resort in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Pirates Point Resort: "Another great visit", Aug, 2017,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 60 reports with 26 Helpful votes). Report 9762.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our 21st visit to Pirates Point in what has become an annual "must do." As usual, the water was warm, clear, generally close to flat, with no currents. It's about as easy diving as it gets. We had divers from newly certified teenagers to an 88 year old and the Pirates Point divemasters handled everyone equally well. The food was great, as usual. I will note that I did a better job of curbing my appetite this year as I only gained 1 pound per week rather than the usual 2+. I will also note that the evening chef left at the end of the season to join her significant other and start a restaurant in California. I fully expect that, whoever the replacement is, the food will continue to be one of the highlights. There was concern when Gladys Howard, the founder, died almost 2 years ago that the resort might be sold and it would change significantly. I can happily report that Susan, Gladys' daughter, has taken over without missing a beat. In fact, she has done a lot to paint, remodel, and generally spruce up the place. She is doing a major project each shutdown. This year she is going to redo both the dining room and bar area. As far as the diving goes this was the best year since the lionfish arrived. I only saw 3 lionfish in the 2 weeks of 2 dives/day that averaged 90 minutes each dive. The arrow blennies were back on the wall in numbers. (They were one of the first species to disappear after the lionfish arrived.) I also saw my usual, at least one new thing. This year it was a pair of banded jawfish, which I had never seen before, on the Soto Trader site, and I saw my first loggerhead turtle. Although I did not see it, one of the divemasters did a shore dive the day we arrived and saw a whale shark. This was also a big year for turtle nests. There were several on the property and the local authorities had counted on the order of 150 on the island.
Websites Pirates Point Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Fiji, Galapagos, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red Sea, Solomon Islands, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Little Cayman - LYB Getting There Fly to Grand Cayman and take a Cayman Air Twin Otter

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with your buddy, come back with 500 psi. 100 ft. max 1st dive and 60 ft. max 2nd dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments There's a plastic bin full of water on the boat to keep the housing wet. Back at the resort there is a big dedicated outside sink to rinse cameras. Since I was the only one with a housed camera I could soak the housing for several hours every afternoon after we returned to the resort.
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