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Dive Review of Whitesand Diving/Moritt's Tortuga Club in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Whitesand Diving/Moritt's Tortuga Club: "East End Grand Cayman", Oct, 2017,

by Debbie Nottelmann, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 10054.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We've been to the East End of Grand Cayman a few times. We dove with both Ocean Frontiers and DNS on the other side of the island. Ocean Frontier makes you pay upfront for your diving package and you can lose your money if you cancel a day etc. I chose instead to dive with White sands. George was awesome and very flexible. We paid at the end and actually added activities like Stingray city. If you like boutique diving where you don't have to touch your gear if you don't want to, uncrowded boats and wonderful crew, then White sands is the way to go. They stay in the water with you for 30 minutes, tour you around and then from there, they let you dive your own profile.

Morritts Tortuga Club was nice. We had a room by the quiet pool. The room had been renovated and was clean. Wi fi free down on the dock. No internet in the room unless you pay for it. Great snorkeling under the dock with schools of tarpon, chubs, palmettos, jacks and more. They, like the other hotels on the island and timeshare places, nickel and dime you. You have to pay for electricity at the end of the trip. Ours was near $150. High speed internet is like $20/day. Nice facilities and restaurants, although we did not eat there, but cooked in the room.

The diving was nice, but because of the weather and winds, we (as well as a couple other dive shops) dove the same areas. Corals healthy, but on the deeper dives it seemed there were few fish. Shallow dives had a lot more. We did one drift dive and a couple had very mild currents. Lots of swim throughs, tunnels and canyons on the east end. It is the quiet side of the island, void of throngs of people, but also doesn't have the nightlife or shopping. All this available in George Town which is 45 minutes or so away.
Websites Whitesand Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Carribbean, Africa, Galapagos, Indonesia, Mexico, Carribbean
Closest Airport George Town Getting There We went Chicago to George Town and thru Ft. Lauderdale on the way back to Chicago via Southwest

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer and come up at 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments If you have a big rig, talk to George first. He had a small bucket for smaller cameras which was fine with us, but I'm sure he could accommodate a larger camera. There is no camera table on the boat.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Nov 29, 2017 17:47 EST  
Sorry, your review does not compare favorably with my stays at Compass Point/Ocean Frontiers. I certainly have no reason to switch based on what you say.
By report author: Debbie Nottelmann in IL, US at Nov 29, 2017 17:52 EST  
Craig, My intent was not to get you to switch. I enjoyed diving with Ocean Frontiers. I personally do not like paying for my entire trip up front, as I have been burned in the past. With their policy, they have lost my business. Luckily they still have yours.
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