Why Grand Cayman?
We are close to the US, we have the safest environment in the Caribbean, we offer spectacular wall dives accessible by boat and our location offers easy access to incredible shore diving!
As one of the British Overseas Territories you can expect a stable government and a strong infrastructure, providing residents and visitors with safety and comfort.
How do I get there?
All major airlines fly into Grand Cayman (GCM - Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town, Grand Cayman). You can enjoy direct flights from the cities listed below. Please note, these may change depending on airline schedules, so please check with your preferred carrier.
What's included in all inclusive?
When you choose the All Inclusive option your package includes 3 meals daily and up to 5 premium drinks per day. What does that mean? That includes breakfast, lunch (1 item from menu or specials board) and dinner (usually served as 3 courses: starter, entree and dessert) plus a soft beverage during each meal period. The premium drinks include bottled beer (draft beer available at a surcharge), wine and alcoholic beverages. The all inclusive option is not an all you can eat and all you can drink program, but it is a promotion that gives you a set prices with no worries about how much you're spending. There are surcharges - if you have an extra item for lunch and/or dinner, have a premium selection during dinner (steak or lobster) or if you have multiple liquor drinks or what we call "super premium" liquor like single malt scotch. We will add the surcharge to your final invoice when you check out. We'll go over this when you check in and you'll have a chance to review your incidentals before checking out.
What's the difference between a dive instructor and dive master?
Dive instructors have more training than dive masters. Our dive instructors are all PADI certified to teach you open water diving and to help extend your diving qualifications with specialty courses. Most of them have acquired additional certifications (through many other agencies) so they are able to teach many other courses. You could earn another certification while you're on vacation.
Dive staff specializes in small surprises: committed dive instructors who will take you to the finest dive sites:
Tarpon Alley. . . .
Doc Polson. . . .
Oro Verde . . .
World-famous Stingray City
Or to some new dive sites:
Valley of the Turtles
Ocean Pointe Deep
Our dive instructors give pre-dive briefings of all dive sites before you enter the water.
We offer shore dives 24/7 - right out your front door with easy access from our ocean dock.
School House Reef . . .
Cobalt Ridge. . . .
Sand Hole Reef. . .
The Thumb . . .
You'll find that Cobalt Coast Dive Resort is an intimate dive lodge, offering upscale Resort amenities such as free wi-fi, A/C, a full service bar, an a la carte open-air restaurant. Our restaurant serves hot daily breakfast, lunch from a menu (Sunday's BBQ all-you-can-eat buffet is a great alternative) and Continental-style 3-course dinner (choice of an appetizer, soup or salad; choice of an entree; choice of dessert).
Cobalt Coast has spacious rooms and suites. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom oceanfront suites have a flat screen TV in the living room and a standard TV in the second bedroom of the 2-bedroom oceanfront suite. And we have free wi-fi available on-site.
Why buy a dive package
You'll get the best rates on lodging, diving and meals and can now upgrade to the all inclusive package. When you're on the All Inclusive program, you can also enjoy up to 5 premium (beer, wine or alcoholic beverages) drinks per person per day. Now your vacation has a set price with no surprises at the end.
What happens to my deposit if I can't come?
To make a reservation please provide the Resort with your credit card details so we can take a $500 deposit ($1,000 during holidays refundable with 30 days notice). If you need to cancel your reservation, please call us 24 hours in advance of your arrival date. We'll let the dive shop know to cancel your spots on the boat and we'll refund your deposit. Don't have 24 hours - please call us, we're very flexible! Your deposit will be sent by US check to your mailing address. If you prefer that we refund your credit card, please note that we have a $25 processing fee.
When you make your reservation directly with us you get your full deposit refunded (by US check) or applied to your next stay. Just give us 24 hours notice so we can inform the dive shop that you will not be on the morning boat and we can refund your money in full. We do ask that you give us more time during the holidays (30 days notice), but we are always willing to work with you on having you spend your money on your vacation.
What's included in the one-bedroom suite?
The Resort offers large 1-bedroom oceanfront suites with a commanding ocean view from the spacious living room. They have a large bathroom and bedroom that is completely separate from the living room. There's a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Please let us know if you prefer a king bed or 2 full size beds in the bedroom. The living room (with a queen sleeper sofa) is completely separate from the bedroom for more privacy.
How far are we from Seven Mile Beach?
The Resort is located away from the hustle and bustle of world-famous Seven Mile Beach. The Resort is located on Grand Cayman's spectacular North Wall ideal for shore diving or snorkeling just off our ocean dock. Yet we are only 15 minutes from "the Strip" where you can walk or party on the beach and go downtown to enjoy shopping by car or by local bus service.
What is the exchange rate?
All of our packages are all listed in US dollars. The Cayman Islands currency is the Cayman Island Dollar. The exchange rate is fixed at US$1.25 for $1 Cayman Dollar. ($1.00US = $0.80CI) You'll recognize true price value when you compare our packages with other destinations in spite of the currency exchange rate.
Do I need to change currency?
No need to exchange currency as everyone accepts your US dollars for payment. You'll be given change back in CI dollars. Your $5US is equivalent to CI$4.
What do you get for the 25% added expense?
You'll enjoy peace and quiet with no one to bother you. There are no T-shirt sellers, dope peddlers or arm-twisters. You'll just have to put up with occassional big island smiles!
What do the guide books say about us?
The Bradt Travel Guide
Refreshingly relaxed and individual, this small resort nestled in Boatswain's Bay, a secluded beachfront location on the north of West Bay, some two miles from the Turtle Farm. It is owned and efficiently run by Dutch hotelier Arie Barendrecht, whose easy-going charm is complemented by the helpfulness of his mostly Caymanian staff. Accommodation ranges from large bedrooms and suites to villas, so there are plenty of options. Each of the hotel rooms and one- or two-bedroom suites has one king or two double beds per bedroom, a living room with queen size sofa bed (in the suites only), AC, TV, fridge, coffee machine, telephone and safe. In addition, the two villas have fully equipped kitchens. Duppies restaurant and bar look out over the swimming pool, and beyond to the sea – though the beach is iron shore. The hotel has its own boat dock and diving is offered at an on-site shop. The shore diving and snorkeling from here are excellent, yet the clientele remains mixed, with about a third of the guests as non-divers.
Caribbean Islands by Lonely Planet
On the northwest shore of Boatswains Bay a few miles north of Seven Mile Beach, this diving resort successfully combines a mellow island vibe with luxurious Caribbean elegance. On site is a decent restaurant and bar, Duppies, a 120ft dock and an on-site dive center.
Caribbean by Fodors
This small hotel is perfect for divers who want a sparkling, spacious, stylish room or suite right on the iron shore, far, far from the madding crowds. The management pays attention to the details and has succeeded in producing a wonderful place to get away and just dive. Duppies restaurant is surprisingly good for such a small hotel. As the gracious, gregarious Dutch-born owner, Arie Barendrecht says, "The whole idea is to complement the dive experience." Add great shore diving and this is a no-brainer.
Diving and Snorkeling by Lonely Planet
The dive hotels closest to the night-life are right on the western shoreline at the famous Seven Mile Beach. There are also many other options, including seaside hotels like Boatswain's Bay's Cobalt Coast . . . which have their own charm set away from the main drag.
Frommer's Portable Cayman Islands - 4th Edition
Fans of this resort liken it to a contemporary B&B where most clients are deeply involed with diving. It's one of the best resorts for divers on Grand Cayman, with an on-site, full service dive operation and a deep droff-off (the North Wall), a short distance off-shore, that is loaded with marine life. You have to drive through Hell to get there, though. Don't expect a sandy beach: The coastline on this part of the island is infamously composed of jagged rocks, and swimmers use a series of ladders and metal steps to lower themslves into the surf. Even the diving boats have to moor at the end of an extensive pier to avoid damage. Rooms include oceanfront suites and standard rooms, which are all spacious, modern, cozy and soothing. On-site restaurant Duppies serves well-prepared light fare, including platters of local food and sandwiches.