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,...
East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - “It’s the social heart of the Compass Point Dive Resort and Ocean Frontiers with a killer view of the lagoon,” says Steve Broadbelt of the newly opened Eagle Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill on Grand Cayman's East End, which served its first guests on July 26, 2013. Located dockside up on the main pool deck steps away from the shoreline with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, the open-air restaurant accommodates up to 49 people in a colorful, laid-back island atmosphere that features a thatched roof, yellow picnic tables and a modern and spacious kitchen. Broadbelt, co-founder and partner of Compass Point, says the name came naturally to Chef Ron. “Dozens of spotted eagle rays live in the lagoon and we see them often in the shallow water in front of the resort.”
Chef Ron Hargrave, owner of nearby Tukka Restaurant, has partnered with Broadbelt...
For all you map geeks, this day could not come soon enough. For the last 7 years we've had 2006 image data on Google Maps and Google Earth. This image data is an extremely helpful resource for finding new dive sites and most recently, helping us track and log all of our Lionfish culling results.
The new base map also includes Compass Point Phase 2 and the new Hospital site in the Cottage village. The Morritt's boat dock is also shown as complete and everything else just looks more up to date and greener.
Take some time and nose around on your virtual helicopter tour. Some of the images are so clear, you can even pick out the mooring balls on the dive sites.
Let us know if you find anything interesting...
Silversides have come to East End.
If you haven't had the opportunity to fin through a living cloud of tiny fish, you cannot imagine the sensation. Grouper Grotto is wondrous without a silversides bloom. With them, it's positively other-worldly.
Hat tip to dive instructor and up and coming snapper Brittainy Slade for the photo.
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.
A Perfect Dive with…Dive Instructor Brittainy Slade.
Dive site: Grouper Grotto / Boat: Nauticat / Date: May 19, 2013.
There are ample reasons why Grouper Grotto is among the most requested shallow sites in Grand Cayman. Every visit offers variations on a theme of coral reef magic.
While groupers are ironically not among the most frequent sights, the grotto part is guaranteed. The site is a spider web of archways, canyonways and swim-throughs. As we passed through one 30-foot canyon, shafts of light passed through cracks overhead, creating a cathedral-like effect. Huge silver tarpon hung almost motionless above us. Time seemed to stand still.
In one of the larger canyons we were thrilled to find a cloud of silversides. Bar jacks and tarpon dashed in and out of the cloud in search of an easy meal. Silversides sometimes school in such dense concentrations, your visibility can fall to zero for a moment...