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Grand Cayman Scuba - Certified Excursion Reviews

Grand Cayman Scuba - Certified cruise excursion
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Grand Cayman is world renowned for its amazing wall and shipwreck dives -- ideal for certified scuba divers.
Member Image cmackpmp
1 review
Dec 2015
Excellent dive crew and experience. Port time was reduced so no time to do anything after.
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Provider: Oceania Cruises
Member Image 7960Ken
6 reviews
Apr 2015
Way too many people and a crew that expected the patron to do a lot of the things I thought a staff person should do. The dive locations are great and the boat was very well laid out.
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image klemeci
7 reviews
Apr 2015
Amazing two tank dive, the Funky Sponge and Aquarium. Dove around the Kittiwake and just before saw some amazing coral, sea turtles and fish. The water was quite clear, little to no current. Mac at Pirate Divers was amazing, we'll book with him again. We dive on Nitrox and that was all prepped and ready.
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Provider: Pirate Divers
Member Image dashmatrix
1 review
Mar 2015
The dive was enjoyable, most notably because it was a small group. Scuba is one of the few things that doesn't get flooded with participants. Safe activity most likely because you have to plan ahead for it and come prepared. Not things most RCI guests are in to.
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Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Member Image globetrotter921
2 reviews
Feb 2015

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.

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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image euro_101
3 reviews
Not Rated
Dec 2014

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.

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Provider: Costco Shore Excursions
Member Image jbar434
3 reviews
Nov 2014
Amazing! They accommodated our late arrival and port change. Very thoughtful, knowledgeable and well prepared! Would highly recommend this company!!!
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Provider: EPIC Diving
Member Image Chris555
5 reviews
Nov 2014

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.

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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image Promises
1 review
Sep 2014

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.

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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image MarcyReally
1 review
Not Rated
Jun 2014

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!!!

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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image HACKT
11 reviews
May 2014

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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Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Member Image grfg8r
1 review
Not Rated
Nov 2013

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Provider: Holland America Line
Member Image quizak
1 review
Not Rated
Jan 2013
Our son-in law and two of his friends did a shore dive over to the grotto just a few hundred yards from shore, near where the ships anchor. It was a very good dive with good visibility. While he dove, my daughter and I snorkeled and saw numerous fish among the coral. Later they met the other family members and snorkeled at Cemetery Beach using equipment rented from the scuba shop. It was an enjoyable, but to short, day.
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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image gmichae
1 review
Sep 2012
At Grand Cayman (again, a tendered port), we had planned to do a shore dive and then Stingray City. Unfortunately, our Stingray City tour had to be cancelled due to multiple ships being in port at the same time, causing the tour time to be pushed up, overlapping with the dive. This dive was along the reef just minutes south of the pier. Very nice and relatively shallow by comparison to other dive sites (maybe 50 feet at the deepest.) This would be a great beginners dive, but rather boring (again) for an experienced diver. We were the only 2 people who booked the shore dive, so we effectively got a private dive out of the excursion. Well worth it, if you're planning on doing multiple things while in port, but if you're only interested in diving, you'd probably be better off booking the Certified 2-Tank Dive.
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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image conchyjoe1
1 review
Jun 2012
We went diving with DNS Diving and it was AWESOME! They took great care of us, we dove North Wall which is excellent, and had a great time. The dive masters took great care of us, setting up our gear, making sure we had everything, and kept us hydrated. And we had nice complimentary beach towels to dry off with. We even left with a complimentary DNS Diving koozie to keep our Caybrew cold on the trip back to the ship. Awesome people, awesome time!
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Provider: DNS Diving
Member Image TylerTxCruiser
1 review
Jun 2012
We took a certified 2 tank dive with Don Foster's Dive Cayman. An exceptional dive experience. Gear was in perfect condition and dive crew were very friendly and helpful. Water temperature was 83 degrees and visibility was 80 feet. Other than great coral, we saw a small nurse shark, lobster, squid, sea turtle, barracuda, lion fish and plenty species of fish.
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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image scottjfl
1 review
Apr 2012
Good simple Wall and Reef Dive with about 20 other divers.
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Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Member Image clover3
1 review
Apr 2012
Grand Cayman-Tendering. This is such a different port than Jamaica. It is beautiful, clean, and full of fun things to do that you feel safe doing! The tendering does take some time, so allow for that if you book your own excursions. My husband dives, so we booked a 2 tank dive thru Carnival. They use Don Foster Dive Shop. This was an excellent organization. They were top knotch, experienced and safety conscious attendants. I also go along as a non-diver so I see more than even the average diver. I was very impressed. They were prepared, efficient, and instructed where, when, what to see, and how they were going to dive & get equipment. This was one of the best dives my husband has been on.
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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image F18Pilot
3 reviews
Mar 2012
Grand Cayman Island: Quaint. Reminded me of St. Thomas (go figure). We booked the Carnival 2 Tank Certified Scuba Dive excursion. Carnival uses Don Foster's Dive Cayman which is quite well known and very professional. Don Foster's price for the same excursion was almost the same amount, so I booked through Carnival to "guarantee" timely transportation to and from. We were bussed a very short distance, filled out our paperwork (this tour was only for certified divers), outfitted with gear and boarded on a dive boat. There were only 17 people on the tour and we had a lot of room on the boat. We split into two groups so there was ample supervision and lots of room on the dives. Don Foster's provided water and a cooler of ice if you brought your own drinks. They also had clear water tanks to rinse cameras and personal equipment. The personnel couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. The dives were fun and we saw a lot of marine life. Keep in mind we were on a schedule (the downside to cruising), but the divers kept us on time and got us our maximum dive times in. We enjoyed it so much, we will definitely return for a week to the Island just to scuba.
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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line

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