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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Sunset House: "Slick valet diving, a few steps from your hotel room", Oct, 2018,

by Harvey S Cohen, NJ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 10786 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Hotel rooms, restaurant and bar, spacious equipment lockers, and dock are all together-- very convenient. Dive staff are EXTREMELY eager to help carry gear and set it up. Divers can follow a guide or just go off with a buddy. Guide normally leaves divers within sight of the mooring after about 30 minutes and encourages divers to explore on their own. The week I was there, everyone was very happy with this system. Some sites had healthy coral, including a lot of fans and black coral, while others were covered in algae. Fish tended to be small, presumably due to over-fishing. The grouper you see on the dinner menu is no longer on the reef! Several sites had wonderful jungle-gym topography, with lots of channels and swim-throughs above a sandy bottom. Lots of conchs on our dives.
The house reef, a military landing craft, and the famous mermaid sculpture are an easy swim or snorkel from the dock.
Rooms were large and comfortable, with good beds, showers, aircon. I would have liked a desk where I could work on my PC and my camera more easily.
The restaurant and bar served good lunches and dinners from a Caribbean menu and an Indian menu. Breakfasts were adequate but lackluster. Sunset House is less than a mile from dozens of good restaurants. We particularly enjoyed dinners at Cayman Cabana, whose Thursday-night family-style tasting dinner is a chance to sample locally-produced foods and socialize with Caymanians. A rental car makes restaurant-hopping much easier.
Websites Sunset House   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Gulf of Eilat, Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Red Sea, Fiji, Palau, Coral Sea, Galapagos, many Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, National Aquarium, Dutch Springs, Silfra (Iceland), Panama (Pacific)
Closest Airport NAS Getting There American flies from Newark with connections in Miami. United has direct flights some days.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-90 Ft/ 12-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 1-hour limit on some dives
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 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments UW photographers can take courses (classroom or boat-based) with Cathy Church or her staff, and buy stuff from her shop's dazzling selection of photo gear and supplies. Boats have a camera bucket, but no other camera support. The resort, inexplicably, has no camera tables or compressed air. But since rooms are just a few feet from the dock, it's convenient to work on cameras in the room. I would have liked a desk where I could work on my PC and my camera more easily.
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