Compass Point Dive Resort and their onsite dive center Ocean Frontiers are based in the east end of Grand Cayman, the furthest point from the airport and the island’s nightlife. This resort is a great option for travellers who wish to experience the quieter side of Grand Cayman, but who want the freedom to explore. Compass Point is a dive resort for divers who want to dive, dive, dive and explore the 55 pristine plunging wall and coral reef sites.
Given the location of the resort, each package comes with a rental car which you can collect at the airport. Having your own car means you drive yourself to Compass Point Dive Resort and have the flexibility to explore all of Grand Cayman’s offerings during your stay. Instead of an in-room phone will be given a mobile resort phone to use during your stay, amongst other things, this will enable you to call in your food order upon surfacing from your dive and have it ready for you as you dock. The phone has free calls to other guests and all resort numbers; you can add credit, without a surcharge, if you wish to call any other local or international number.
The environmentally minded will appreciate the extensive steps that Compass Dive Resort have taken to reduce their impact, conserve water and reduce energy consumption. Through their efforts, they have been awarded the Green Globe Certification. That’s not the only award they’ve been given; for service they have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence year after year. You can be sure you will be well looked after.
Rooms at Compass Point are very clean, inviting and comfortable. Soft pastels, with tropical accent colors are the norm, and each room is spacious. There’s a range of one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom condominiums situated either oceanside or poolside. Queen sized beds feature in the ocean side options and king sized beds can be found in the deluxe poolside condos. Each condo has a further two pull out twin beds in the main living area which means a one bedroom condo can sleep four and a two bedroom condo can sleep six, the three bedroom condo can sleep seven guests. Each option has a private balcony or patio. Two bedroom options have two bathrooms and the three bedroom, likewise, have three bathrooms. All baths have Jacuzzi jets.
The one bedroom oceanfront condos have a kitchenette which include a stove, oven, microwave, blender, toaster, compact fridge, and freezer plus all the required utensils to make a meal and include a complimentary starter pack. The two bedroom condos, three bedroom condo and one bedroom deluxe poolside condos’ kitchen have the same facilities, but they have a full sized stove and full-size fridge freezer.
Each condo has an entertainment center with full cable in the living area, washer dryer, full linens and towels and there are hair dryers in the rooms too. The rooms have both ceiling fans and air-conditioning throughout.
Children are welcome and babysitting services are available.
In addition to each condominium having a full kitchen, there are onsite outdoor grills for you to use. There’s a nearby grocery store and liquor store for you to stock up. If you’re diving in the morning, it’s best to grab a bite from your kitchen. Compass Dive Resort’s Eagle Ray’s Bar and Grill opens from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm and boasts an 180-degree panoramic view. You can even spot eagle rays from the breeze cooled deck. The deck’s elevated situation next to the pool means you’re steps away from a refreshing dip too. International food is served, and in-room delivery is available. Each Tuesday the restaurant offers a delicious divers buffet. From the menu try the lionfish tacos and the BBQ bourbon ribs. There are ten restaurants available just a short drive from the resort offering further choice including breakfast for those not diving in the morning.
For non-divers, there’s plenty of snorkel trips to choose from plus kayaking, bike rides, walking, driftwood painting and of course simply relaxing by the pool, in the hot tub, or in a comfortable hammock. As you have a car with your package, it’s easy to explore, and the staff are always on hand for directions to help you get to where you want to go. Check out the Blue Iguana Safari, Mastic Trail, Gorling Bluff and Blow Holes.
Ocean Frontiers pride themselves on the roll out of bed and onto the waiting dive boat service. The dock is steps from your accommodation, and you can be on board before your eyes are properly open. Your gear is moved, set up and rinsed by the dedicated crew leaving you to relax and enjoy diving. The center offers an array of diving opportunities. The area is famous for turtles and a diversity of at least 500 species of fish. Two tank dive trips run every morning and afternoon, every day, and on Wednesday, there’s a three dive trip. The weekly trip to dive with Stingrays is on Friday. Night dives and UV night dives are available on Mondays and Thursdays. You can also visit the wreck of the Kittiwake and go lionfish hunting to help keep the invasion at bay. In summer you can also experience the enormous seasonal migration of the Atlantic Silversides named the ‘Silver Rush.’
The center has divers returning year after year and have come up with a unique way to reward those who frequently visit. The Green Shorts Challenge invites you to tick off all 55 dive sites in a specially created logbook featuring hand drawn maps of each location. Complete the challenge, and you will be awarded a special pair of green shorts, like those worn by the dive team, and be inducted into a hall of fame that includes the likes of Alex Mustard. Of course, there’s a champagne and cake party thrown for you as well.
All four of the center’s boats are equipped with marine toilets for your convenience. The custom designs include rinse tanks for gear as well as separate facilities for cameras. Enjoy iced tea, orange slices, ginger biscuits and fresh water and the nice touch of having a fresh towel onboard for each trip. Shore diving is available but takes some effort and given the relative comparable ease of boat diving; we would recommend that you take the well-appointed diving taxi. Nitrox and gear rental are both available.
Ocean Frontiers have a highly qualified passionate team of instructors who can teach the whole range of PADI courses up to instructor level. They have team members who offer universal referral training with other agencies too. There are children’s dive experiences, and you can be sure any first-time diver just wanting to give it a go will be well looked after.