Two decades of diving on the frontier of Grand Cayman's East End has been an incredible journey, only made possible by our loyal customers. We have acheived many milestones over the last twenty years and are excited about what the future holds above and below the surface over the next 20 years.
In 1996 we opened our doors as the only independant dive operator servicing the East End of Grand Cayman. Until 1996, the only other way to dive the East End was to stay at either the Dive Lodge or the Tortuga Club. It wasn't possible to stay on the West side and dive the East End - this is how Ocean Frontiers got its start. With our brand new dive boat, Nauti-Cat, an old Cayman style building for our dive shop and a big 9 seater Dodge van, we had our very first customer on Valentines day,...
Ocean Frontiers staffers in company teal green swim shorts are a familiar fixture on Grand Cayman’s remote East End, manning the dive shop at the Compass Point Dive Resort or driving the dive boats and guiding dives. Those signature Ocean Frontiers green shorts have become a “hot ticket” item and status symbol among the company’s die-hard customers. Guests can win their own pair of green shorts if they dive all 55 dive sites at East End first – it’s called the “Green Shorts Challenge”.
“My goal in starting the challenge was to get my customers interested in the diversity of diving on this side of the island because I thought some of them weren’t seeing it,” says Steve Broadbelt, co-owner of Ocean Frontiers. “This is a motivation for them and it’s working.”
“I have completed the Green Shorts Challenge - as a matter of fact, I’ve completed the 55 dives twice...
Ocean Frontiers, dive operator at the Compass Point Resort on Grand Cayman’s remote East End, was rated one of the world’s Best Dive Operations, and tops in Cayman, by Scuba Diving readers in the 2014 Top 100 Gold List Awards. The Cayman Islands were rated No. 1 for Best Overall Destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic. The magazine polls its readers every year and asks thousands of subscribers to rate their dive experiences in a variety of categories.
“We’re excited and honored by this recognition because it comes from experienced divers who know first-hand the excellent diving we offer,” says co-owner Steve Broadbelt. “They are telling us that we do a good job – this makes me very proud of our dive staff because they work very hard.”
Broadbelt shared the good news during a staff meeting in early January, and it added extra cheer to the morning dive boats. Dive...
Honestly there are 100 good reasons not to leave the secluded splendor of East End when you come to Grand Cayman for a dive trip.
Better diving, fewer boats competing for mooring balls, better chance to see sharks, the ever lovable crew at Ocean Frontiers, and as far away from cruise ship folderol as you can get and still be on the same island.
But every now and then, one is tempted to head in the direction of Seven Mile Beach. Shore diving is one of those temptations.
Right now, Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto (about a 45 minute drive from Ocean Frontiers) are jammed with silversides – those dense clouds of mixed juvenile fish that shimmer and shape-shift before your very eyes. Both shore dives begin at Eden Rock Dive Center, right next to the cruise ship terminal. Both involve a decent surface swim but nothing you can’t handle.
As summer shifts into high gear, here are five things June visitors to Compass Point Dive Resort can look forward to, both on and off the water
Water temps in the low to mid 80s means you can leave the neoprene at home. Dive skins and rash guards are all most of us need to scuba when the water is this warm. The Ocean Frontiers shop has some nice rash guards if you’re in the market.
Eagle Ray’s Opening. Tell me this has never happened to you: You had a four-dive day, you’re starving but also exhausted and you haven’t been to the grocery yet. A beer and a burger are now only steps away as Eagle Ray’s opens for business, on the main pool deck in front of the dive shop. If they have an espresso machine I will be in complete heaven.
Personally, life divides neatly into two unequal parts. There’s diving and there’s surface intervals.
Mine is not a unique addiction. One of my favorite things about Ocean Frontiers & Compass Point Dive Resort is the familiar faces one sees on the dive boat on visit after visit. There’s an unstated understanding among many if not most divers that diving is not optional – it’s an essential part of what makes us happy.
What is it about scuba diving, and specifically diving the East End of Grand Cayman that is so compelling? Is it the sensation of weightless as one drifts slowly from the boat to the reef? Is it the phantasmagoric world that slowly comes into focus as one drifts down like a leaf in an autumn breeze?
Is it a moment of awe and wonder with a shark or a spotted eagle-ray or a turtle? Is it the silence, the...