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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We just returned from our third dive trip to Pirates Point Resort. This is just a terrific place to dive and also dine. The island is small at about 10 miles x 1 mile, with only a few resorts. Things we love most about Pirates Point: (1) The small staff of very friendly and helpful folks who really get to know you and put themselves on the line every minute to make sure the guests have a great experience. Each one has been on the job for several years, up to 29 years for Gay and Ed. The five divemasters are all good at finding the unusual and unique fish and critters on the reef, and truly enjoy diving themselves, it's obvious. Very helpful at getting everyone into and out of the water, too. (2) The gourmet food prepared by two talented chefs, Jeff and Diane. Wow, keep putting more weight in the BCD. Three meals a day, starting with something like eggs benedict for breakfast, homemade cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, mango pancakes; followed by a lunch of pork loin, or something else equally delicious, and the dinners, always top notch, steaks, BBQ, Mexican food, grilled fish, wonderful salads and vegetables, and always a homemade dessert done in five-star restaurant style. (3) The small number of rooms - ten or so total, which leads to a homey atmosphere, guests get to be friends during the week, open bar is part of the dive package. (4) Not least of all, the diving, because that is really why we go to Little Cayman. The Bloody Bay Wall has some of the most huge barrel sponges and coral formations, with abundant fish life. While we were there in April, we really saw a lot of juveniles of all our favorite fish, the long-snout butterflies, sharp nosed puffers, banded butterflies, trumpetfish.....no current, easy diving in groups of no more than six or eight. Also saw jawfish in the sand with eggs in the mouth, sand tile fish, flounders, southern rays, many, many turtles, and an occasional shark passing by. All the dive sites in Little Cayman are in good shape due to rotating them out of use occasionally and the mooring ball system in place on the island. Due to some fluctuating weather we dove both the north and south side sites and all were well worth diving. Not for the five dive a day Rambo diver here. They offer two dives each day, in the boat at 9 AM, doing the first deep dive by 9:30, your computer and air are your own limit, surface interval on the hook and then back in water for second dive around noon, again dive your own limit, then back to resort for a late lunch and gear rinse, then nap, bike ride, pool, walk around the island, clean up for happy hour and dinner, what a vacation! The only thing missing this trip was owner Gladys Howard, off island for a little while. She is a HOOT! and we missed her a bunch. The evening domino game was still fun but just not quite the same. "Coffee in the bar - it's decaf!" Will we go back? You bet, already looking forward to it.

Room Tip: Beach front rooms are non A/C but cool enough with the ocean breezes. They do have some rooms that are A/C. Only about ten rooms total in the resort.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank AltoNMDivers
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We have had six visits and just booked our 7th!

Small groups, great, gourmet food, and super diving and divemasters!

Room Tip: Quite a variety to chose from, open on the water, rooms a little further back smaller but with AC. Your choice
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 660DavidC
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

It's all true! Pirates Point is truly a warm and intimate resort, relaxed and friendly, and with great food. And the all-inclusive dive package, which includes 2 dives a day, all meals and alcohol, is very good value.

Rooms are spacious, well laid out and very comfortable. There are lots of hammocks throughout the property and they're well used :-) The food is truly delicious, plentiful and varied. Fish tacos for lunch one day, Southern fried chicken for lunch another day, sushi and tuna night (the highlight) will keep you suspended in delicious anticipation for your next meal.

My husband and I have dived once a year every year for the last 10 years but we learned a few things from the dive instructors that we didn't know we didn't know. We met some really nice fellow guests during our week at Pirates Point and hope to meet up with them at some point again in the future.

The staff are welcoming and generous and they truly care about your experience at Pirates Point. You not only know them by name, but you get to know them well by the end of your stay. I felt comfortable enough, even as a first-timer, to ask for mint and limes from the kitchen and make mojitos one night!

Most guests come back year after year (we met people who'd come back the 14th time, the 10th time, the 4th time, etc., etc.) and we can see why. They make friends with other guests and the staff so going back is really like going home. Often people who've met at Pirates Point go back together. If we go back to Little Cayman, we won't consider going anywhere other than Pirates Point.

If you'd like to dive in the Caribbean, Little Cayman is probably the best place to dive. And Pirates Point is definitely the way to go! Even if you don't dive, it's a lovely place to relax, unwind and meet interesting people. A real vacation! Highly, highly recommended.

Room Tip: The ocean front rooms are lovely. They have a sea view and lead directly to the beach. Though they're not air conditioned (the ones at the back have air conditioning), there are two floor fans and a ceiling fan and you can open the window shutters so there's lots of circulation to keep you cool. Even as an air-conditioning fiend, my husband was glad we chose an ocean front room,
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Pokkstar
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Wow, what a trip!!! They do such a great job here. I am truly able to relax enjoy the diving and forget about the rest of the world. The diving is great not only because the dive sites are superb, but also due to the fact the staff runs a very good operation in getting you in and out of the water. They have a great boat for handling divers and they never have too many divers on the boat. you are allowed to dive as long as you like for each of the 2 dives as long as you do not go into deco and maintain at least 500 psi and on Little Cayman you want to stay down as long as you can.
The rooms are very nice and well maintained. They have a nice pool if you want to swim after your dives. They have hammocks in the shade where I seem to fall asleep every afternoon while reading. The resort is right on the shore, so you can go snorkling in the afternoon or grab a bike to ride around the island.
The dining is superb, it compares to any good restaurant in a major city. The number of guest they allow is small so by the end of the week, you feel like everyone is part of your family.
The dive staff not only handles the dives, but help with the work at the resort. You get to know each of them and they always have a good attitude and are willing to lend a friendly hand.
I always feel guilty when I leave as I never feel like I have paid them enough for everything they have done to make my vacation, truly a vacation.
This is my third trip to Pirate's and I know I will be going back again!

Room Tip: get a room on the ocean to enjoy the nice ocean breeze
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank hartman47
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

I heartily agree with the positive comments of other reviewers here. I could just end there, but I thought it would be helpful to add in some points not mentioned before and emphasize others.

First, Pirate’s Point is an unparalleled VALUE among Little Cayman dive resorts. It is an ALL inclusive property in a world of nickel & dime supplemental add-ons – All boat diving, all bar, all meals (including wine). – NO surprises!

The property itself is UNIQUE -- Pirate’s Point is the only dive resort on Little Cayman located right on the ocean. You can snorkel and hunt lobster by simply stepping from Pirate’s Point beach into the water.

You leave to dive at 9:00a.m., after breakfast. Lunch is served whenever you return. You dive your computer, not the chef’s lunch schedule. – You use the same boat every dive so you don’t have to swap gear, and your position, from boat to boat.

Guests always have access to the dining room before sunrise to pour fresh coffee and shuffle down to the beach to watch the glowing sun rise out of an azure sea. Ahhhhhh…
It is not unusual (every trip I’ve been on) to have a Champagne/Sushi reception in the owner’s beachfront home.

Pirate’s Point is INTIMATE – As other reviewers have mentioned, being at Pirate’s Point is almost like staying with family. And most guests develop an instant rapport with one another, like being at a neighborhood cookout.

The staff to guest ratio is outstanding. The resort holds 20 guests maximum and there are always at least 7 permanent staff members to serve you. -- You’ll think you are the ONLY one in the world they treat this good, but that’s their secret. They deliver this intimate service to ALL their guests throughout the year.

Pirate’s Point food is FRESH and 5-STAR QUALITY – Gladys Howard, Pirate’s Point impresario and owner, demands fresh vegetables, fruits and fish (personally selected by the chef from local fisherman) – special dietary requests are cheerfully accommodated. – The quality of dishes on the dinner menu is mind-blowing, and award winning. Beware of desserts, they’re rich and irresistible!

Last comment on food: I must admit that at the end of the trip I was ready for a piece of dry toast and glass of skim milk after the richness of the food at PP. But that’s OK, it’s only ONCE A YEAR!

GO before the outside world runs over this one-of-a-kind treasure -- It can’t last forever -- Should be on your bucket list!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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