Visit the world renowned dive site at Cayman Wall or the famous shipwreck in Grand Cayman—two ideal sites for beginner scuba divers.
Great instruction by Reid. The dive was fun, but our time was cut short by 2 members of the class, not speaking english. the time and energy spent in dealing with those two, cut our dive short. I had approx 2k psi before blowing my BCD at surface to get out, and that included the 20+ minutes of air wasted in the pool while they tried to understand what he was telling them.
It's tough to be negative, because Reid is a nice guy, and good enough instructor to get though a serious language barrier to teach two people to scuba.
My opinion, he should have cut them from the class.
Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines
Grand Cayman was our favorite Port; we booked an excursion to try Scuba Diving which didn't really work out; however that didn't detract from a good experience in Grand Cayman.
The tender from the ship to the Island went fast and we did not have to wait in line at all!
Once ashore we easily located the shore excursion desk for the third party agency we had booked with. They gave us a map and sent us off on a 5 min walk along the water front to the Dive site. Once there we were checked in, and started the safety briefing and were told all about the scuba equipment etc.
From there things went down hill, the guide only had the 2 of us but didn't seem to be prepared for complete beginners even though the excursion was billed as for beginners. I had done a lot of research, and called the excursion company to confirm that the Beginners Dive offered was a shore dive, and suitable for someone who had never dived before. Instead of the shallow water I was expecting that we would walk/swim out to deeper water, we were close to the Pier and pretty much jumped off a ladder in to 30ft of open water. Not ideal for 2 beginners who have never been in a scenario like this.
Once in the water we found the current to be really strong, with big waves crashing against the rocks, my husband was given to many weights, and pretty much sank as soon as he was in the water...this caused some panic and resulted in us not finishing the dive. I think we will try diving again but in calmer waters!
Even though this was not the best experience, we still had a great time. After recovering a little we walked around George Town, did some shopping, and visited their national museum. Which was really interesting. We asked a local for a lunch recommendation, and they recommended Coritas Copper Kettle. Coritas is a tiny little cafe slightly off the main shopping streets and serves cheap authentic Cayman food. It was full of locals and we loved it. Coritta recommended that we take a bus around the ISland, and pointed us in the direction of the bus stop. After going around the ISland we headed back to the ship.
Provider: Independent Operator