This was our second trip to Ocean Frontiers on Grand Cayman and it certainly won't be the last. Located at the East End of Grand Cayman it is well away from the endless tacky bars and duty free shops of Georgetown and Seven Mile Beach - about a 40 minute drive. This quiet environment may not be to everyone's taste but suited us perfectly for a relaxing dive trip - after all it's difficult to get up at 08:00 to go diving if you have been in a bar until 06:00. If I want to stay in a bar until 06:00 I can do that at home. If I drag my sorry carcass half way around the world specifically to go diving & take photographs underwater, I don't like anything to interfere with that.
Ocean Frontiers is a purpose built dive resort and is finished to a very high standard. The resort consists of one and two bedroom condos (apartments) all of which have sea views (Phase 2 of the resort is currently under construction across the road and some of the ground floor units here may not have sea views). The condos are all individually privately owned and are finished & equipped to a high standard. Everything is spotlessly clean and there is a daily maid service. The resort is self catering and there is no restaurant on site, although there are several good restaurants within a 10 mnute drive and a good fast food takeaway across the road. The resort runs a "Divers Night" around the pool on Wednesday nights and this is run as a Beach Party during the weeks when there is a full moon.
The dive centre is very well run with a resident PADI Course Director. All of the rental equipment (if you need to rent) is in good condition and their workshop facilities are excellent. For those of us who use DIN regulators, DIN dive cylinders are available as is Nitrox.
There are three dive boats which generally go out twice each day for two-tank dives. The first dive is a deeper dive on one of the walls and the second dive will be shallower on top of one of the reefs. The attention to detail is fantastic and safety is paramount. Little things like providing coolers of chilled water & lemonade on board each of the boats and encouraging divers to stay hydrated makes a big contribution to avoiding DCS. The centre operates a "valet diving" service where your equipment is collected from your condo when you check in and will be waiting for you fully assembled when you get on board the boat each day. At the end of each day the staff dismantle your equipment, take it away & wash it & hang it. The next day it's waiting for you on the boat again. I have been diving for over 25 years and my wife for just slightly less than that and Ocean Frontiers is without a doubt one of the best dive resorts we have ever been to.
The dive boats all have camera tables and dedicated rinse buckets for cameras.
Frequently dive resorts have a high turnover of staff, however this is not the case at Ocean Frontiers - you can check this for yourself by looking at the staff list on their website over a period of time - and that speaks volumes for the operation "behind the scenes" which customers don't see.
This review is about the resort and not the diving which you can check out in other forums, so I won't say much about it but damn it's good!
Like most resorts on Grand Cayman, changeover day is on Saturday and a word of advice is that almost nothing opens on a Sunday, so do your food shopping on Saturday. There is a Fosters supermarket beside the airport and a Fosters Express mini market about 2 miles beyond Ocean Frontiers, with liquor stores beside each. I would sugest stocking up on food & drink at the airport so that when you arrive at Ocean Frontiers later that afternoon you can just chill out, then book yourself the "Dive All Day" option for Sunday because there's going to be nothing else to do but dive!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LAID BACK LUXURY....Located on the untouched, pristine East End of the Island. Situated approximately 21 miles East from Grand Cayman's international airport and approximately 1 mile past the sleepy village of East End.Compass Point Dive Resort Compromises of 28 luxurious one, two and three bedroom oceanfront and poolside condominiums, each with their own private patio or balcony. Each condominium is beautifully appointed with stylish island decor and fully equipped with all of the comforts of home. New in 2013, Eagle Ray's Bar & Grill, dockside overlooking the Caribbean Sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Compass Point Dive Hotel East End
- Compass Point Dive Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - East End