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“Loved our stay with Cobalt Coast Resort & Divetech” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cobalt Coast

Cobalt Coast
Ranked #10 of 21 Restaurants in West Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, American, Bar, Seafood, International, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
wilmington, nc
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48 reviews
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“Loved our stay with Cobalt Coast Resort & Divetech”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

As inveterate and somewhat picky world travelers, my wife and I found a brief window of opportunity to escape the rat race and heated political environment and were determined to enjoy our second favorite pastime—open water scuba diving before the winter set in officially. Moreover, while we normally enjoy this karmic experience off the back of our own or privately chartered sailboat, for this trip, we chose to remain on shore, and we were so glad we did.

We sought a destination that married Top #10 scuba diving sites with good accommodation, great local cuisine and a compelling location. We narrowed our choices to Roatan in Honduras and the Cayman Islands, and due to extenuating work obligations and our ability to minimize our actual travel time with easy flights, we chose Grand Cayman Island. With several world-class branded hotels from Ritz to Westin, and other resorts and dive locations to choose from, we choose to focus on resorts that catered primarily to divers where we could comingle with other blue water fanatics.

Based on consistently positive reviews and its proximity to exceptional deep-water and shore dive sites, we finally chose Cobalt Coast Dive Resort and Suites. Little did we know that our selection would not only meet our most basic requirements of a well-equipped suite with a clean (king size) bed, quality linens, and for my wife, plenty of good quality pillows, it exceeded our expectations at every level. While most dive resorts tend to be somewhat “rough at the edges,” given the fact that we divers are a hearty lot that spend the majority of our days and nights on, or under the water. When we are actually on terra firma, we are happy just sharing tales and drinking the local grog usually oblivious to our accommodation as long as the beer is cold and the fare filling. In fact, Cobalt Coast Resort is so much more than the typical dive resort.

The founder and wonderfully engaging owner, Arie Barendrecht, designed the beautiful colonial-styled building and its 20 ocean front suites and rooms with a mixture of European panache and Caribbean flair that underlies his personal and detail oriented “hands-on” approach. We chose a corner suite (#1 is perfect) with its oversized “sea view” windows; comfortable lounge area with great seating; a large separate bedroom and adjoining bathroom with plenty of soft towels; exceptional air conditioning system and overhead fans; a bar with sink and refrigerator, writing desk, breakfast table, oversized TVs with Cable in both rooms and beautiful (and colorful) original art on the walls. We lacked for nothing…

The Resort’s All Inclusive or Breakfast-only a la carte restaurant has a wide choice of wonderfully prepared local foods with fresh fish, meats, vegetable and salads, with a competent wine list, and the coffee is superb. And where else can you dine al fresco every day, rain or shine, while looking at the Caribbean Sea. While we chose the Breakfast-only option, we ended up eating at the Resort more often than not because the food was so wonderful with an ambience to match. Be sure to try the Conch Fritters, Angus Beef Bacon Cheeseburger and the Veal dishes, and as Arie is a former Chef, ask for one of his signature Omelet’s and how he came to be such an expert at their preparation. The staff are well trained, attentive and at the end of the day, they will pretty much organize whatever you want to eat, whether you are a ‘steak and potatoes’ person or a serious vegetarian. By the end of the week, they knew what we liked and we never regretted any of our dining choices.

Cobalt Coast is a unique destination that is excellent for “dive-aholics” or even those who do not have any interest in exploring what is underneath the water. So when we weren’t diving or enjoying our new found friends sitting at the ocean view bar, carefully attended to by Kym or Sharon, we were comfortably lounging by the swimming pool or sitting on the private west-facing beach watching the sun set staring at the most beautiful “cobalt blue” waters one can imagine.

But the icing on the cake for my wife and I was the on site, fully equipped 5 Star (and ‘Green’) PADI dive shop, Divetech. There are few dive companies that we have enjoyed over the last 15 years more than our experience with Divetech. At the end of the day, any good organized dive safari is about the quality of the dive staff. They can make or break even the best-organized dive experience, but this fun and energetic crew hailing from all over the world exceeded our every expectation.

The staff at Divetech fully understood their roles and responsibilities at every level and their sense of purpose in marrying challenging and exciting dive sites with their consummate professionalism and wonderful senses of humor made every dive better than the last. They gave us free reign to dive to our skill sets, both on their daily boat excursions or the incredible shore dives with the mini and main walls just yards from our front door step.

They allowed us to dive as and when we liked, including at night, or to accompany the daily small dive groups when we chose. They were never overbearing or over protective, except when it came to preserving the integrity of the reefs, and like any good dive professionals, were invisible when you wanted them to be and by your side when you needed guidance. You could see they truly enjoyed what they did and their own camaraderie, good nature and genuine friendliness was infectious. We couldn’t have asked for any more from a dive company than that -- Thank You, Steve, Emma, Helen, Joe, Nick, Jo, Sam, Andre, et al. for your thoughtful guidance, and a special thanks to Jeni for teaching an old dog a few new dive tricks-- you were a ‘game changer’ and improved my dive knowledge for all my future dive experiences.

All in all, the five nights and six days we spent at Cobalt Coast Resort and Divetech were outstanding, memorable for all the right reasons and certainly will be on our list for a return visit sooner rather than later.

Many thanks, Arie, and hopefully we will see you again soon, my friend.

Bruce and Pat Holsten,
Wilmington, NC

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
“Great Vacation!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

We just returned from Grand Cayman and we stayed at Cobalt Coast Dive Resort in West Bay. We were booked with a time share and paid to upgrade to an ocean front suite. It was worth the money for the view however the room was average, we had mold in the shower and the AC unit leaked in the hallway making the floor slippery. This not ruin our stay though. This is a diving resort and the staff are really nice however the divers stare you down anytime your near them it's like they know you aren't with them, makes you a little uncomfortable.
We did a kayak tour through Cayman Sea Elements and it was AWESOME. Danielle was our guide for the day and was so incredible. She recommended the Bio Bay tour at night and we booked it for 2 days later, she even jumped in to come with us. Danny did the Bio tour, he was so fun and ensured we all had a great time.
We also did Aquafest Tuesday with Captain Marvin tours. It was 4 hours long and we went to stingray city, starfish reef, and 2 other snorkeling stops. The guys were tremendous and ensured we were all involved having a good time and getting the full element.
Over all it was a great vacation. Our room was the least attractive part of our stay but like I said we were rarely there to let us get us down.

  • Visited September 2012
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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“Awesome time at the Cobalt Coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

I just returned from 7 nights at the Cobalt Coast from a dive adventure. Arie and his crew, Dora, MS Sharma, Rajid, the Chef (didn't get his name), and all staff bent over backwards to accommodate me and the group I was with. The food was spectacular. It is truly a great place for divers. The onsite Dive Shop, Dive Tech, was available and diving was accessible 24/7. I personally logged 21 hours in the water between boat and shore dives. The room we had was small but had all the necessities, fridge and coffee maker. The view can't be beat. I personally plan to return as soon as I can. The crew in the dive shop, Jenny, with her bubbly attitude, Steve, with his great sense of humor, Rich with his helpful and insightful briefings for all "ragged reefs" and Cap'n Nick can't be beat for their true dedication to making sure that the customer is welcomed and catered to for all diving and recreational needs!

  • Visited September 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“Cobalt Coast - Dive Resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

Excellent Service! Ari (Owner) makes sure everything is perfect. Add DiveTech to it (a dive shop right at the resort) with excellent shore dives and you have found your place to stay on Grand Cayman!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Great service hotel and technical dive support”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

I just spent a few weeks at Cobalt Coast. I travel all over the world diving and have seen a wide range of dive resorts. CC is great for Closed Circuit diving !! Dive Tech instructors such as Anton and Steve really know their stuff. I got in a huge amount of bottom time with daily long shore dives at both CC and Lighthouse. Roll out of bed and walk 30 feet to the terrace for breakfast (delicious) then 15 feet to the dive shop and then 100 feet to the end of the pier. The far wall, accessible with rebreather or a short surface swim on SCUBA is fantastic. While I did not use the boats, they are great quality.

The resort owner-operator, Arie is totally service oriented and will do what it takes to make your stay complete. The food is great and the meal plan a bargain. It is a fun place with typical friendly divers. I love this place and will be back for Christmas! See you there...

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