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Dive Review of dive tech in
Cayman Islands

dive tech, Apr, 2003,

by guy johnson, illinois, usa . Report 456.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [bahamas, caymans, florida, cozumel, honduras, walkers cay, bimini, midwest usa.Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 100 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions if diving a computer, pretty much left alone..would suggest 100ft depth limit but did not enforce[Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [all boats had large dry table for cameras only and fresh water rinse barrels..None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [overall the diving was very good.we did two shore dive off the 7 mile beach dive tech location..worth only one dive but does have 25-30 very large tarpons just off shore..dove two more shore dives off their cobalt coast location..very nice easy dive..a true aquarium of fish life,great corals,sm-med fish and turtles..worth doing 2-4 times.their boats were not crowded(10-12 divers), clean, had o2,large dry camera tables,fresh water rinse for cameras only, saltwater for masks.large open transoms for easy entry/exits.staff helpful getting us in and out of water.gave good dive briefings,we rented a 8 passenger vehicle near the airport..good value as we traveled all over the island, but only eight passenger if six are children.island changed alot since last visits in 1983 and 1993..food prices out of sight,even if bought at grocery stores..$11-25 dollars for a burger was common.pizza hut was over $25 for a pizza in u.s. dollars, foodwise, coconut joes on 7 mile beach was best value for the money.exchange rate was $1.00 u.s. to $1.25 cayman..would not go back again purely due to costs..better diving can be had elseware for much less.stingray city still fun but the rays are getting alot more aggressive..several divers getting "raspberries" from the rays.the beaches are being eroded baddly as resorts put up concrete retaining walls to enclose "their" beach..the wave action really tears up the remaining beach areasand undercuts the retaining walls.. the diving overall was good but also getting more expensive..we did the dive tech package of 3 2-tank boat dives and unlimited tanks for shore diving for about $330.oo (u.s. dollars) they were very helpful and tried hard to please us and they did..would i dive with them should i return? absolutely! good people, good boats,good air fills(3000-3400,reasonable (for the caymans) prices..we did all our boat dives on nitrox for an extra fee(worth it!!)offered guided dives if needed, otherwise left you alone to do what you wanted..computer divers did as they pleased, others dove tables.the wall diving was still good as not every diver goes into the 100 ft+ depth range.sponges and corals still in good shape.turtle farm alot smaller than in the past, not much to see for the cost..still the money goes to a good cause, so check it out.stay away from georgetown when the cruise ships come in-too crowded and the prices are very high..should you buy anything, get away from georgetown!met cathy church,her shop(at sunset house) is a delight to see and she was a wonderful host!!
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