I'll begin by saying we have already booked our stay for next April! We have been diving in many spots around the Caribbean, plus Hawaii, but nothing compares with Pirates' Point. Beautiful, friendly, relaxing, with a very sane dive schedule. It is a 20-bed resort on the beach with off-the-chart gourmet meals, airy, roomy accommodations, and an off-the-chart professional dive operation. What makes it very special are the people - friendly, warm staff who cannot do enough for you while you're there and remember you with smiles and hugs when you return. Jeff and Dianne in the kitchen never fail to ask what dietary needs anyone has, and they cook to please! They uphold the amazing menus and recipes started by founder Gladys Howard, who studied at the Courdon Bleu with Julia Child. The dive masters are also running the dining room and the dive shop and the office. They are each uniquely involved in island life and more than willing to share their knowledge. For example, Mike is a resident expert on Iguanas, and he is more than happy to give folks a tour of iguana sites and talk about what Little Cayman is doing to protect this endangered species. Since there are only 20 beds at Pirates' Point, you can get to know the other vacationers well. And by now, having enjoyed 5 vacations there, we have lots of good dive friends, some of whom like to come back when we do. The smallness also means small dive groups of 6 or 8 people. Most are knowledgeable and quite experienced, so the sightings, sharings, and learning opportunities are very rich, and almost everyone is exceptionally careful with the reef. This year we saw wonderful juvenile activity, which gives you hope for the reef's health. Jawfish with eggs in mouth, a tiny juvenile spotted drum that looked like a piece of flotsam at first, a pair of courting groupers caressing and kissing, and much, much more. On one ascent to the boat we came through a school of red squid. Importantly, we saw our dive masters guiding groupers (with their hands) to places where lion fish were lurking, so the groupers could catch and eat them. This is a big step from last year, when the dive masters captured the lion fish, stunned or killed them, and then released them to waiting groupers. Progress! Caymanians are also finding that lion fish is tasty, grilled or in sushi. Which brings me back to the gourmet food. So many fresh and delicious salads, I always come home with great ideas for our summer menus. Grilled fish, chicken, steak, pork, and for those who are conscious about anti-oxidants and such, the berries and nuts and whole grains and dark green leafy's and in abundance. Happy to say I ate without fear and came home having not gained a pound. Maybe that was due to those afternoon bike rides not to be missed. Sharing of diving pix after dinner, and of course the traditional Mexican Train dominoes game add to the sense of community. The only thing missing this year was wonderful Gladys Howard, founder of the resort, who was off the island for a bit. We hope she's there next April!! Here's a shout out to all those good folks at Pirates' Point, and if you are reading this and haven't been there yet, you need to hasten to their website at once and sign up!! You'll be so glad you did! If you are contemplating a dive on Little Cayman because of their famous Bloody Bay Wall, Pirates' Point is hands down the best resort on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pirate's Point is an excellent choice for those who want to get away from the crowd and have a vacation truly focused on relaxation, some of the best diving in the world, fabulous food, and great comradery. We offer all-inclusive packages for divers and non-divers alike. We strive to provide our guests with a gracious and welcoming atmosphere where comfort, safety and leisure are our top priority. Pirates Point has a private, spacious dive boat and well trained dive staff. Beginners and experienced divers are welcome. Great snorkeling is found right in front of the resort. Guests also enjoy fishing, swimming, nature trail hikes, bicycle rides, picnics, iguana and bird watching. Pirates Point offers accommodations that are simple, tasteful and immaculate. Our features include: • 11 rooms in cottages • 4 of the 11 rooms are oceanfront with oceanside porches • 5 of the 11 rooms offer air conditioning and are set back from the oceanfront. One of the rooms is designated for singles only (no single supplement). • 1 large oceanfront room with air conditioning ideal for 3 people ($10/day usage fee on AC) • 1 large ocean view room with air conditioning suitable for 4 (parents with children only) ($10/day usage fee on AC) • Daily maid service is provided ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pirates Point Hotel Little Cayman
- Pirates Point Resort Little Cayman, Cayman Islands