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Dive Review of Pirates Point in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Pirates Point, Dec, 2002,

by Larry Wagner, TX, USA . Report 320.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions max depth (usually 110-100 ft first dive, 60-70 feet second dive), one hour time limit (not really enforced), on the boat with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boat, carpetted table for gear. No processing at resort. One diver was a serious videographer - he was happy with the set up.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Pirates Point gets lots of repeat guests - we were the only "newbies" during our stay. After a day we got into the swing of things, had a great time and met some fascinating people. Food and service were excellent. Bugs were a nuisance mainly at dusk. Deep Woods Off - provided by the resort - was very effective. The dive schedule is leisurely - depart about 9:15AM, return around 2:00PM. The 4 Divemasters (Gay, Karen, Steve and Bart) were very skilled and very experienced - not the usual 20-somethings. Bart was new to the resort and Little Cayman, but stated to have logged over 6,000 dives. He showed some of his video one night - very, very good and obviously professional. Could go with Divemaster on a "guided" dive or dive your own profile with a buddy. SI's consistently over an hour. Boat had oxygen and a spare air regulator at 15 feet. At descent line was available but no hang bar. Very knowledgeable dive briefings given before each dive - especially from Gay and Karen. We dove the south side 4 days because of wind from the north. South dives are deep - the wall starts at around 70 feet. North side dives (Bloody Bay, Jackson's)are just awesome. Vibrant sponges, hard and soft corals on wall, lots of corals, fish and critters in shallows. The one night dive we did was just OK - not many critters attended. Get to Little Cayman on Island Air. Baggage limit (including carry-on) is 55 punds, and they do weigh everything. Extra luggage is 50 cents per pound, and not gauranteed to go with you. On our return trip, we were asked to send what luggage we could the afternoon prior to help assure it all got to Grand Cayman by the time we did.
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