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Dive Review of Tortuga Divers/Morritt's Tortuga Club in
Cayman Islands

Tortuga Divers/Morritt's Tortuga Club, Jan, 2006,

by John E. Keith, UT, USA . Report 2255.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We expected windy conditions from the forecast and other chap reports, so we were not terribly disappointed that boats did not go out on three of our seven days there. We did have a problem with Ocean Frontiers - the best operation on the East End according to the Chap book. They cancelled us saying it was too rough, but we went out with Tortuga and we saw one of the OF boats was. When confronted later, they admitted that "one of their two boats was not running well. It couldn't go out because of the conditions and you were scheduled on that boat." Honesty from the get-go would have been nice. Tortuga Divers (resort shop) was good. We did 2 2-tank dives on the south side (wind was NE). The divemasters gave a good briefing and were very attentive, if a little stiff at first. Nothing but water on the boat between dives. One could dive his/her own profile on computer, but no one did. That made too many people (11) with one divemaster. The second day, they split the group (16) and it was better. The coral was in much better condition that I expected, but we didn't dive the deep wall because of wind and currents. Saw a few bigger fish (including a nurse shark) but lots of smaller ones. We did 2 shore dives (Eden Rock and Sunset House) both of which were great - good coral and big groupers and tarpon. If we go back (high probability), we will concentrate on shore diving except for one trip to the walls. Morritt's (1 bedroom RCI exchange) was very comfortable, well equipped, and pleasant. Staff were excellent. Drinks around the pool were a bit on the light side. Food there was quite good, as was the case for most of the places we ate on the island. Locals seemed really friendly and pleasant. However, as everyone says, take your money belt. Cheap it ain't.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten, Saba, Cabo San Lucas, Florida Keys, Monterey CA, Gran Canaria
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 26-28°C / 79-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15-40 Ft/ 5-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet max depth for divers with divemaster; 40 - 50 minute time limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat had a large fresh water tank for cameras plus another for masks. Unfortunately, one of the divers decided to use the camera tank to rinse off her BCD. She got a mild reprimand from other divers, but nothing from the staff. No facilities for cameras on shore.
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