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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Sunset House, Oct, 2011,

by Samuel B Johnson, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6342.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Generally a disappointing week. The dive sites were unexciting, not in great shape, with limited varieties of life. The shore dive has almost no interesting sea-life until one reaches the wall which it takes 20 minutes to reach. My non-diving partner was disappointed that there is absolutely no beach; it is all rocks and docks. No wading, beach sun-bathing, walks on the beach, or snorkeling. The boat crew were reasonably pleasant, but briefings were vague and inadequate, and dive masters in the water pointed out nothing interesting. Diving with the dive master meant being shepherded in a too compact group and being treated as if one were a novice, so experienced divers explore on their own with few helps or hints from the dive briefings and not particularly interesting sites. Tanks regularly were underfilled, and the frequency of bad O-rings was surprising. If you put a tank in your locker for a night shore dive, put your regulator on it and check it out; don't assume it is okay. Lockers for gear are much too small (think high school book locker) without even a shelf. The "Kitiwake" wreck is a moderately interesting wreck dive and the reef near it was one of the more interesting reefs of the week. Food at the on-site restaurant, also served at the bar, was good but overpriced as was all food in town. Town was accessible only by a long walk (30 to 45 minutes) or by an expensive cab ride. Manager was much in evidence and clearly anxious to please, but there is only so much his good intentions could accomplish. I doubt if I'll go back to Grand Cayman and certainly not to Sunset House. A few years ago the diving was pleasant, and far superior, on Cayman Brac.
Websites Sunset House   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Almost all Caribbean, some California.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Almost all dives limited to 50 minutes. Strict enforcement of buddy diving, both boat and shore.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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