We look forward every year to our family dive vacation at Pirates Point in Little Cayman. This was our eighth consecutive year. For people who never went anywhere for diving more than twice, that really says something about the quality of the diving.
However, great diving alone would not keep us going back, year after year. As with most things in life, it all comes down to the people. The people are truly what makes Pirates Point our dive vacation of choice.
Each and every member of the staff feels like an old friend by now. We treasured the few days that owner Gladys Howard was there this year, and enjoyed talking with her at dinner and playing dominos with her for three nights. Diving with Martha, Bob, Michelle, Mike, and Gay is always a treat – but especially bittersweet this year, since Martha will be retiring in August. Each of them has a different personality in the water – but all of them are incredibly skilled and caring divemasters who have a wealth of knowledge about the reefs, the sea life, and the island. We always leave as much better divers than we arrived.
We’ve also come to love diving with some of the same guests this year. We’ve been to Pirates Point several times in early June, and this year were thrilled to see “old friends” like Corky and Sy, Vivian and Ed, Karen and Mike, and Gail. But we also met new friends like Ginny and Sandy, Kevin and Amie, and Marty and Anne. Unlike hotels, where it is likely that you’ll eat dinner with the people you came with every night, the fabulous thing about Pirates Point is that you “mix it up” and are constantly connecting with new people. Pirates Point is perfect because of its small size – no matter who you have lunch or dinner with – they are not a stranger!
And let’s talk about the food! Chef Jeff has moved on, but Chef Anthony is here and does a great job at dinner. But our real favorite is Chef Diane, who does most of the breakfasts and lunches. Diane has the sunniest disposition of anyone I’ve ever met, and is an absolute delight. She loves people, loves cooking, and loves life. She is a fantastic cook so make sure you buy the “new” cookbook (which features a lot of Diane’s recipes) before you leave.
When you are evaluating dive resorts in Little Cayman, please consider the fact that although Pirates Point only does two dives a day, these are LONG dives, because folks stay down as long as they have air. (I love that we are treated as responsible divers, who can judge our surface intervals, bottom times, and can read our computers. I would hate to dive with an operation that required me to come up at a certain time.)
We leave at 9 after a leisurely 8 am breakfast, and enjoy two dives with long bottom times (and snacks in between like chocolate croissants or blueberry muffins if they are left over from breakfast) before we get back for lunch at 2 or 2:30. Bottom line is that we have had a very FULL day of diving without stressing ourselves to do three dives. (Who really wants to dive after lunch anyway - especially when you've had a fabulous lunch like the ones Dianne cooks at Pirates Point?)
Friday nights at Gladys’ home with sushi and champagne are special even if Gladys is not there. Wonderful conversation, outstanding sushi, and the champagne flows freely. Please make sure to check out Chef Debbie’s lovely island based jewelry which is both affordable and unique. No pressure to buy - but trust me, you'll be sorry if you don't at least take a look!
Yes, we’ll be back next year – we’ve already booked a year in advance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pirate's Point is an excellent choice for those who want to get away from the crowd and have a vacation truly focused on relaxation, some of the best diving in the world, fabulous food, and great comradery. We offer all-inclusive packages for divers and non-divers alike. We strive to provide our guests with a gracious and welcoming atmosphere where comfort, safety and leisure are our top priority. Pirates Point has a private, spacious dive boat and well trained dive staff. Beginners and experienced divers are welcome. Great snorkeling is found right in front of the resort. Guests also enjoy fishing, swimming, nature trail hikes, bicycle rides, picnics, iguana and bird watching. Pirates Point offers accommodations that are simple, tasteful and immaculate. Our features include: • 11 rooms in cottages • 4 of the 11 rooms are oceanfront with oceanside porches • 5 of the 11 rooms offer air conditioning and are set back from the oceanfront. One of the rooms is designated for singles only (no single supplement). • 1 large oceanfront room with air conditioning ideal for 3 people ($10/day usage fee on AC) • 1 large ocean view room with air conditioning suitable for 4 (parents with children only) ($10/day usage fee on AC) • Daily maid service is provided ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pirates Point Hotel Little Cayman
- Pirates Point Resort Little Cayman, Cayman Islands