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Dive Review of Wall to Wall Diving/Grandview Condos in
Cayman Islands

Wall to Wall Diving/Grandview Condos, Oct, 2010,

by Joe Hamernick, MN, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 5750.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Grand Cayman, Oct 2010

After diving on and off in Grand Cayman for 22 years we found it was time to try a new dive operator. It seems the operator we had been using became more interested in cruise ship passengers so we wanted to try an operation more suited to small groups. We ended up choosing Wall to Wall Diving.

Wall to Wall has two boats; one 32ft and one 36ft. The boat we used was the 36ft boat which has a 14ft beam. Itís a good sized boat considering a maximum of only eight divers. There is a big camera table and a camera rinse bucket. There was plenty of cover and a large open area on the boat too.

While we were in Grand Cayman there were some tropical storms in the area causing rough seas. However, Wall to Wall has access to three docks, one west, one south, and one for north wall operations. They can take you where the weather is best without having to endure long bumpy boat rides. During our trip we dove all three areas due to the weather changing so rapidly. Unfortunately, also due to the weather, the visibility underwater wasn't the best.

From the moment we first got to the boat, we knew we were going to be treated well. The crew grabbed our bags and helped us on to the boat. That was basically the last time we touched our gear. Our dive guides, Al and Zsolt were incredible. They gave us a briefing about the boat, then, set up our equipment. When you got to a dive site, they briefed the site, then you walked to the back of the boat picked up your mask and fins and sat down on a bench. The crew would then put your BC on, you would stand up and giant stride in the water. After the dive you would swim up to the ladder where you could either climb up with your equipment on or the crew would take your equipment from you while you were still in the water. Then, the crew would set up your tank for the next dive. At the end of the day, you could leave your equipment with them and they would rinse and store it for the next day. When I say you never touched your equipment, I mean you NEVER touched your equipment, unless you wanted to.

The dives were very relaxed. A dive master would do a guided dive if you liked. Or, you could go on your own. At the end of a dive the dive master would head up to get ready for your return, but you could stay down as long as you liked, just come back to the boat with at least 500psi in your tank. There was no rush to start the second dive. Take your time during the surface interval to tell stories and eat orange slices. Al is a marine biologist and can tell you all sorts of things about sea life. Also, both Al and Zsolt are great at finding critters on your dives. Both are great guys, and it was such a pleasure diving with them.

Giles, who owns Wall to Wall, runs a very professional yet very relaxed dive operation. I canít wait to get back on the boat with Al and Zsolt again.

One last note, due to the very strong winds out of the northwest (which is rare for Grand Cayman) no shore diving was allowed on the west coast while we were there. The waves were pounding the shore and spraying as high as 10 to 15 feet. It made for incredible pictures but no shore diving, which was a shame since shore diving is normally so easy in Grand Cayman.
Websites Wall to Wall Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Roatan, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Florida, Hawaii, Fiji, Truk, Palau, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come back to the boat with at least 500 psi.
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 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very large camera table on the boat, and a rinse bucket for camera gear.
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