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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Cobalt Coast in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Reef Divers/Cobalt Coast: "Moderately good diving; delightful, small resort; wonderful people.", Feb, 2020,

by Samuel B Johnson, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11456.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments My husband and I had a delightful, one week vacation at Cobalt Coast in Grand Cayman. We dove with the in-house dive operation, Reef Divers, which functions smoothly as an integrated part of the resort. This is a resort only for divers. We had such a good time and so liked the people and the atmosphere that we may go back. Unfortunately, honesty requires that I admit that the diving is simply good, not exceptional. Part of that, I think, is the general deterioration of the reef environment throughout the Caribbean over the decades that I've been diving there. Grand Cayman is no better, but also no worse, than the "good but not great" diving of the Dutch Antilles or the Bay Islands of Honduras.
There are two drawbacks to Cobalt Coast, both of which flow from its location. It is on the northwest corner of the island, facing north. When there are strong on-shore winds, which is apparently about half the time, the breakers coming up to the shore are so strong that shore diving is impossible, and dive boats cannot approach the dock to pick up divers. (I'm a pretty aggressive shore diver, but even I had to admit that there simply was no way to make a safe entry when the waves were up.) When the dock and shore are unavailable, divers are taken by van to a beach and dock (I think on the north shore) to transfer to the dive boat. During our week, there were days we could get on the dive boat at the resort's dock and other days when we had to be transported by van. The dive sites to which we were taken and the quality of the diving were much the same either way. If I were ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Reef Divers   Cobalt Coast

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Almost all of my diving has been in the Caribbean and Florida. I've dived a half dozen times in California, and once each in North Carolina and the Mediterranean. Caribbean diving includes Dominica, Roatan, Utila, Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Saba, Cozumel and Grand Turk
Closest Airport Owens Roberts Airport (GCM) Getting There Several major airlines serve GCM. We flew American.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 35-50 Ft/ 11-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Strict buddy requirement for shore diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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