Grand Cayman, Sunset House Nov 12th - 19th, 2011 Trip Report

By Nancy & David Rhodes

 

Nancy & David Rhodes decided to take a scuba diving trip to Grand Cayman Island with Phoenix Scuba in November 2011.  This is our trip report.  The short version is:  We can not find one bad thing (worth mentioning) about the whole trip.  It was an absolute fun week!!!  The diving crew was professional, knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with.  Both Greg (boat captain) and Aaron (dive instructor on the boat) deserve a big applause.  Their assistance and knowledge are greatly appreciated.  Aaron has a great funny animated way about himself that makes him just a hoot to be around. The boat was just perfect.  The maids were totally honest, quick and concerned to help resolve any question.  (We left our laptop out on the bed every day, cash in our "sock drawer" and an open bottle of rum.  NOTHING was ever disturbed!!!)  Glen (the front desk clerk) was always out and about and willing to resolve any question asked.  (He should get a raise!!)  Both Eric and Julian (who served breakfast each day) worked 10 to 12 hour days, everyday.  But, as waiters or servers, their attention to detail, easy with a smile and quick with a conversation makes them a jewel within the Sunset House staff.

Here are our pictures and videos

If all you want to do is look at the videos and pictures, I created a slide show and posted it up on YouTube.

 

 

The Sunset House, George Town Grand Cayman, is located in the Southwest corner of the island.  It is a resort designed by and for divers.  Our package consisted of:  a room with a king size bed or two queen size beds, free breakfast at the SeaHarvest restaurant, 2 morning dives from a boat and unlimited shore diving.

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The diving was just GRAND!

Here is a map which shows most of the dive sites along the West Bank, where we dove.

 

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There are many wreck dive sites within Grand Cayman.  The newest is the USS Kittiwake.  The Kittiwake was scuttled to form an artificial reef.  It will take several dives to explore the entire ship.  But, it was a very nice and easy dive.

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The Sunset House, at their own cost, bought and sunk a bronze mermaid (Amphitrite) directly in front of the Sunset House.  It is an easy shore dive.

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Every year Grand Cayman celebrates it's heritage with a Pirates Week during the second and third week of November.  We were lucky to plan our trip during this time.  Volunteers from all over the world come to the Grand Cayman to help celebrate this fun filled 11 days.  I learned the bars and resorts will serve food & drink to the pirates "for free" when they visit the bar or resort.  These pictures are of a group called the Seattle Seafair Pirates, which came to the Sunset House while we were there.

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Our last dive of the week was at a location called Sting Ray City.  It is a shallow dive (15 feet deep) where sting rays of all shapes and sizes have learned that humans will feed them, touch them and play with them.  The shallow bay (see map at top of page) is rumored to be part of the island that sunk.  Thus, creating a very shallow bay that protects fisherman, boats and fish.  This was a great experience.

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Here are some videos we took:

Angel fish Arial view Blue Chromies Blue Tang
Christmas Worm 3 Christmas Worm 2 Christmas Worm Coral Pass
Dive 1 Dive 4&5 Dive 6&7 (3) Dive 6&7 (4)
Dive 6&7 (6) Dive 8&9 Dive 10&11 (1) Dive 10&11 (4)
Dive 10&11 (5) Dive 10&11 (10) Lion fish Sea Cucumber
Spotted Eagle Swimming Spotted Eagle Ray Stingray City (1) Stingray City (2)
Stingray City (3) Stingray City (4)   Sweet lips

 

This was a dive vacation we will definitely do again!!!