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Dive Review of Sunset House in
Cayman Islands

Sunset House: "Sunset House", Sep, 2017,

by Patricia A. Sinclair, La, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10180.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I went during PhotoFest where the diving was less formal. You were assigned to a dive boat and team of photo pros from Cathy Church's and then you went out. There was not time per dive, you dived until you were ready to take a quick break, or until you were at 500 psi, then return to the boat to have your tank changed out. The only rule was to be back at the boat at the end of 3 hours. The boat would be moored and you could go anywhere in the immediate area to do your own thing in the way of photography.

The Photo Pros would go down while you were gearing up and they would tag things of interest to shoot. Some things were small shrimps in sponges, interesting anemones, roughhead blennies and all those wonderful interesting small creatures you want to get that perfect image of. One day we went to the Kittiwake and spent 45 minutes there then moved to a reef and spent the balance of the 3 hours there shooting the little things. Lots of feed back on your images (in camera and underwater) were given and then the afternoon classes were excellent - you usually had a choice of 2 or 3 classes to sign up for, in addition to time for a Photo Pro to look at your images on a pc and go over what worked and what didn't.

Overall, while a bit expensive, the ability to dive long dives at your own pace and shoot what you wanted without someone saying you had to follow them right away was wonderful. I truly enjoyed the format and might do another one in the future.
Websites Sunset House   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica, Bimini-Bahamas, Grand Bahamas Island, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Roatan, St Eustatius, Florida, Florida Keys, Dumaguette-Philippines, Cebu-Philippines, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport GCM Getting There Most American airlines fly to Grand Cayman

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I went during Cathy Church's U/W PhotoFest, so you could (and sometimes did) solo dive and you could stay down until your tank was close to 500psi, then come back to boat for a change out.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments really nice facilities at Cathy Church's
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