December 2006 Grand Cayman Trip Report

Seven of us arrived at Cobalt Coast on Saturday afternoon. We were greeted with open arms and friendly smiles, it felt like we were part of the family. All the staff at Cobalt Coast were fantastic, they would go out of their way to make you comfortable. The resort itself was first class, I would have to give it at least four stars. There was nothing to do but eat, sleep and dive and dive we did.

Our daily routine consisted of waking up and having breakfast around 7:00, then over to the dive shop, which was onsite, (literally 25 steps away) to catch the van for 7:45 that would bring us to the west side. The weather was beautiful, 80 degrees and sunny but a little too windy to dive the north side. Once at the dock we were greeted by the rest of the crew and loaded aboard. The dive sites were a mere 15-20 minute boat ride away, just enough time to gear up, it was great. After a 5-10 minute briefing the pool was open and in we went for the first dive of the day. After we were all back aboard we would weigh anchor and take another 10 minute ride to the next site where we would listen to the briefing again and jump in. After the second dive we would head back in be back at the hotel around noon or so, just in time for a great lunch. Most of us just kicked back an enjoyed the afternoon waiting for dinner, logging our dives sharing our days experiences. A few of us opted for a few afternoon dives also.

I can’t say enough about the staff at Cobalt Coast and DiveTech, all were fantastic and made the whole week a pleasure. Some of the sites we visited were, Big Tunnel, Doc Polson, Dragons Hole, Spanish Anchor, The Knife, Wreck of the Oro Verde, Round Rock, Peppermint Reef, Eagle Nest, Aquarium Reef, Caribbean Sand Chute and Killer Puffer Reef. I think one of the favorites was the wreck of the Oro Verde. The wreck itself was interesting but the sea life was absolutely incredible, I swear the fish were fighting over each other to get their pictures taken.

Respectfully Submitted,
Tim Aldieri aka “Spyder”
Scuba Shack Divemaster.

Pictures:

Cobalt Coast: The resort, the gang, the view.

The View: The view from the rooms every morning.

Green Moray: Taken at “Spanish Anchor”

Spotted Moray: Taken at “Aquarium Reef”


Anemone: Taken at “Aquarium Reef”

Safety Stop: After “Spanish Anchor”

Turtle: Taken at “Caribbean Sand Chute”

Rainbow” Taken on the ride out to “Aquarium Reef”

More pictures will be posted in the gallery section soon…

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