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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Sunset House, Jun, 2007,

by Mike Cardwell, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 3380.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Florida Keys, southern California, Sea of Cortez, South Africa
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions First boat dive must accompany divemaster. Thereafter, free to explore but given maximum time and 500psi limits. Must dive with buddy. Maximum depth usually 100' first dive and 40' or 50' second dive, but computers not checked.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments This is Cathy Church's operation, so photographers are welcome and well served. Large padded tables on boats, as well as separate freshwater rinse tubs for cameras are provided both on the boats and on the dock. Cathy's shop is on-site, with a wide assortment of batteries, parts, repairs, rentals, and sales of u/w photo gear, film, and accessories.

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 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We've dived many places with many operations and this was one of the best - especially for u/w photographers. I have shore dived here for years but this is my first time lodging and boat diving with Sunset House. Accommodations were great, food delicious, and service wonderful. Divemasters Mike, Pete, Emma, Jaxx, and Kevin were safe, knowledgeable, and friendly. Boats are well maintained and comfortable for the short rides to the dive sites. Shore diving is easy and rewarding behind Sunset House, with the wall, a sunken WWII landing craft, and mermaid statue all an easy swim from the entry. Tanks are available for unlimited shore diving there or elsewhere. The coral and sponges along the west side of Grand Cayman are not what they were 20 years ago, but there is lots of recent growth (hurricane damage from Ivan?). Tropical fish and invertebrates are abundant and varied as they have always been - still a great place for macro & 'normal' lens photography; nice wide angle shots full of large healthy coral and sponges are less abundant. Saw more turtles during this visit than ever before, averaging > 1/dive, plus the usual tarpon, great barracuda, etc. Vis was 150+ feet, except during a 2-day bloom of some sort of organic turbidity that reduced vis to about 50'. Weather was typical June in the Caribbean - sunny and in the 80sF, with lots of big clouds, occasional rain, and high humidity. Overall, we had a great time and will return to Sunset House.
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