Grand Cayman Scuba - Certified Excursion Reviews
The two tank boat dive offered off the ship was well organized and visited two good sites. As a shore excursion we had our own tender, so there were no hassles getting ashore. This brought us to the meeting place early and there was no sign for the scuba excursion, but we were directed to a waiting spot with public restrooms nearby. The staff arrived before the departure time and we had a short bus ride to the dive shop. After completing formalities we were bussed to the south shore where conditions were best. The dive boat had ample room for the 18 divers and 3 crew. There were covered and open areas, fresh water, separate cleaning buckets for cameras and gear, and other usual amenities. We were divided into two groups with a dive instructor leading. Groups entered the water one at a time and did a buoyancy check before descent. First dive was a beautiful healthy reef featuring long partially enclosed swim throughs. By the end of the dive, weather and current conditions were changing, so we sailed a long way up the west coast and made our second dive at a site close to the ship. This dive featured 2 very large moray eels. We sailed directly to the dive shop following the dive and ended with the short bus transfer to the peer. The long sail between dive sites made us a hour late returning, but resulted in two dives with good conditions. I recommend this excursion.
5min walk from port. 2 dives off of 7 mile beach. I liked that we were not super far from the cruise ship. cayman has good diving.
I gave the diving excursion 5 stars; Georgetown 1 star. Two from our group went on the excursion of the 2 tank dive was with Don Foster’s. Meet in the Wheelhouse Lounge at 7:15am. Bring towels and sunscreen besides your C-card and dive log. All other equipment was supplied by the dive shop. The tender left at 7:30am. Got to the bus which drove a short distance to the dive operation. After filling out a liability form you choose your equipment. Tanks and weight belt were on the boat already. There were two groups of 6 divers and a dive master. They were extremely well organized. Before and after every dive they called BY NAME, roll call. Love that safety protocol! Dove P.A.D.I dive tables and in a group. The first dive was terrible. A wall dive into a sand shoot without much life. The second dive was wonderful Lots to see – turtles, assorted tropical fish, etc. Back on the boat, to the shop, to the bus, to the pier and to the Princess tender. We would dive with Don Foster’s again. The staff was pleasant and professional. I went independently to explore Georgetown, having visited the Caymans a few times before. You assemble in the Michelangelo Lounge to wait for a tender. Upon arrival on the pier you are bombarded by picture takers, tour operators and taxi drivers vying for your business. The streets and sidewalks are uneven and chipped severely. Beeping cars are right next to you and the smell of rotting fish permeates the air. Expensive jewelry stores and cheap t-shirt and souvenir places line the street. It was very much like any Bahamian port. I turned around and couldn’t get back on the ship fast enough. Your I.D is checked multiple times for security. Georgetown has changed so much since my last visit. I hope the rest of the island was still as beautiful and clean as it was before.
This is done with Don Foster's as with any cruise ship booking it becomes a cattle call with 18 divers and preset locations. The dive sites and the diving were good. We only book diving through the cruise ship when it is a tender port.
Diving with Don Foster's Dive Shop. The coral reefs were beautiful, the water was so clear, the fish were fun to watch and the turtle that stopped to watch US was really cool. We went to Wall Street reef and Paradise Cove reef then Wreck of the Oro Verde. I really wish we could have gone to more of a wall but we did come off a cruise ship, they don't know anyone's skill level. Compared to diving in Belize City the diving was excellent but there was absolutely no help with the equipment. I was spoiled by the operator in Belize City that helped with changing out the equipment for my 2 teenage boys. These guys never offered any help other than maybe offering a hand up the ladder (not for me though--no one close enough to offer a hand). I have been diving in the Caymans before and the reefs still look great which is very encouraging that the government is enforcing nature protection laws. I highly recommend this shore excursion. Don't miss diving the Caymans!!!
One of our favorite stops as it is friendly and beautiful. Unfortunately you have to tender but we were the only ship there so had all the tenders. It was only about a 5 minute ride from the ship to shore once you got on – although getting on or off takes 10 to 15 minutes. We booked the guided shore dive thru RCL and enjoyed it. It was with Don Foster’s Diving which is just past the tender dock and has a beautiful reef. The dive took about 2 hours which only left us with 2 hours in Caymans to shop. Unfortunately they are only there 6 hours and you lose an hour with tendering. The later tenders had long lines as well.
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