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11/28/12 4:16 P

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Thanks DYET for the heads up. It'd be pretty funny having a crab come home with us. :) I pretty much dive all the time with my 3 mm. Just more comfortable for me, especially if doing more than a couple of dives a day. I've only been diving for about 6 yrs, but love it. We seem to only be able to get in a dive trip a yr, but once my husband retires, we hope to do more.

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11/28/12 3:07 P

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Oh... I almost forgot. Not to freak you out (but warn you). When we went back to the hotel one night we found a crab on our wetsuit. He was just hanging out (literally). We would hang our suits on the ceiling fan to let them dry out overnight. So, keep your eyes open for hitchikers

Also, we were told to wear skin suits on every dive. I dont remember what the "critters" were, but i remember some people didnt and they got stung.

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11/28/12 3:00 P

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I am getting excited for the trip. Everything I've heard about the diving has been great!

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11/28/12 12:38 P

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Grand Cayman was AMAZING!!! Loved it!!! Make sure you hit the wall dives. Truly magical!!

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10/2/12 6:17 P

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I was at Sunset House last January, and it was amazing! The staff were great, and the diving was first-class. And I really enjoyed the unlimited shore dives. Also, they have the best Indian cuisine, if you like that. The only lack, I found was the room...but I didn't spend any time there at all, so it is almost not worth noting. You will love it!

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9/18/12 9:36 A

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Trim, I am sorry you had such a bad experience in Coz. Maybe one day you will get back there and see that not all DM's are the same.A
All I know is current and drift both from local diving and Cozumel. I hope to experience calm waters one day soon!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

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9/17/12 3:42 P

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Michelar, I don't remember the name of the dive shop. I was on a cruise with some girlfriends and I was the only diver. I decided while on the ship to go diving in Coz. There was a guy from the ship also diving without a buddy, so we buddied up. It was a good match as we were equally concerned about safety and following the rules of diving.

When it happened, it was our first dive. We did our surface interval, then did a second dive and almost the same thing happened. The dive staff spoke very little English and I guess they really didn't get how upset everyone was about them. I had only been certified a few months before and didn't know about drift diving until then as we do most of our diving in the calm Cayman waters.

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9/17/12 2:20 P

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Thanks for all the info, Trim. Already feeling more comfortable with the trip. What are the approx. depths that you dive there? Do you dive air or nitrox? We've done both drift and mooring dives and depending on the current, I don't mind either one. Although, if I had a dm like the one you had, I'm sure I'd be more than a bit nervous. Glad to hear the boat dives are short rides.


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9/17/12 1:55 P

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Trim who did you dive with in Coz? We have been there 5x and had that experience one time on our 2nd trip there. The DM asked us not to use our SMB and that we had to let him know when we had to go up and he would blow his bag but he was far ahead and was not looking back often enough so my DH blew his up. Of course he noticed at that point. We never dove with that dive op again. I hate to blame the dive op since we had no issues before this specific DM but did not want to chance getting him on any other dives.

We always carry our own surface markers especially in Coz with the drift, so if we needed to ascent before the group we would just go up on our own if we had too. But thankfully we never had to since.

I heard lots of great things about the Caymen's from friends who have been and everyone said the same as you. It is great but pretty expensive.

Edited by: MICHELAR at: 9/17/2012 (13:56)
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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9/17/12 1:35 P

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Michelar, you definately have to check out Cayman. I have dived in Cozumel and it was beautiful, but the divemasters scared the Cr#% out of me. They didn't seem to care a bit about safety and although I tried in vain to get their attention, I surfaced with less than 300 lbs of air. I started trying to get the divemaster's attention at about 1100 lbs. I know in Cozumel they do drift diving. In Cayman, if you are diving off a boat, they tie to a mooring and the boat stay's put. Safety is a very high priority there.

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9/17/12 1:25 P

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Tobi, sounds like I will have to put Grand Cayman's on my bucket list of dive destinations to get too. We have been going to Cozumel mainly as it is easy and affordable for the time iof year we can travel.

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We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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9/17/12 1:11 P

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We have been going to Cayman for about 7 years now and love it every time. We stay out on the East End. We are going down the last week of January.

You will love the Sunset House. It isn't fancy, but it's all about diving there. We have never stayed there, but have done numerous shore dives from there. If you are diving off Sunset House and suddenly hear a loud buzzing near the mermaid and shipwreck, look around as it is the submarine taking tourists around. You probably already know that there is a mermaid statue in the water near Sunset House. You can swim from there to her.

Make sure to dive the Kittiwake, check out Rum Point (try to avoid during cruise ship time).

What is nice about Cayman is that the dive sites are really close, so if you are on a boat, the ride is only about 10-15 minutes to get there. The dive staff are usually from the UK, US, Canada, etc. The water is beautiful and clear. I don't think there is a bad dive operation on the island.

It is helpful to rent a car so you have the chance to see the island. You do have to drive on the left but it doesn't take too long to get used to that. There are a lot of roundabouts. It is a quick drive to the Sunset House from the airport. The car rental places are right at the airport, you literally walk across the street. We often use Andy's, but there are all the major car rental companies.

When you arrive at the airport, pick up some maps and brochures in the luggage claim area as you may have a hard time finding some of them outside the airport. They use Cayman dollars, but you can use US dollars, so there is no need to deal with exchanging money. Cayman is expensive.

Please feel free to send me a private message if you have any specific questions. Also, check out the forums on Tripadvisor for more info.

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9/14/12 11:42 A

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Hi There - my dh and I are heading down to Grand Cayman the middle of Jan. with a dive group we've not been with before. I'm not a newbie, but still get a little anxious until after the first dive or so. I want to tap into the experiences of this group and find out the do's and don'ts and maybe get an idea of what to expect down there. We're stayng at the Sunset House. Any suggestions and feedback will be appreciated. Thanks bunches!
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