Jul 152012
 

I just returned from my first trip to Sunset House in Grand Cayman.  Sunset House is a true diver’s resort, located on one of the best dive and snorkel islands in the Caribbean.

This is a no-frills resort, yet it is comfortable, clean, convenient and friendly.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sunset House to divers or snorkelers, but beach-goers looking for pampering and amenities should probably look elsewhere (Sunset House has no beach).

Sunset House from the Water

Sunset House Deck, Seaharvest Restaurant

Sunset House Grounds

There are two pools on the grounds – a natural sea pool and a standard swimming pool.  The sea pool is often used as a shore diving entry point.

Sunset House Sea Pool

Pool with Waterfall

Sunset House has an enclosed restaurant, Seaharvest, as well as an open-air bar.  Complimentary breakfast was included with our stay.

Seaharvest Restaurant

Seaharvest has an extensive menu, with many American, Mexican and Indian offerings.  My favorites were the veggie tacos and the Tofu Vegetable Curry.

SeaHarvest Restaurant Menu

For shore dive and snorkel enthusiasts, the resort has it’s own house reef, complete with a wreck and a mermaid statue, both sitting in about 50 FSW.  Between both diving and snorkeling, I think I spent about four hours each day in the water (and I didn’t regret a minute of it).

Amphitrite – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

The dive operation, Sunset Divers, makes tanks available 24/7 for shore diving.  They also offer daily 2-tank boat dives as part of their dive package, complimentary lockers for your gear and unlimited shore diving.  In addition to the two boat dives per day, they offer special trips to Stingray City and the Kittiwake wreck 2-3 times per week.

 

I was impressed with their operation.  They were safety-conscious, professional, helpful and friendly.

One of the main reasons we chose to stay at Sunset House is that it’s the home base of Cathy Church, one of the most respected underwater photographers in the world.  Cathy has built an underwater photography mecca here at Sunset House (I’ll share more about her operation in a subsequent post, so stay tuned).  This was my first time in the water with my Canon G12 and Fisheye Fix Underwater Housing.

 

And I suppose it isn’t ironic that you find gorgeous sunsets at Sunset House.

Keep reading (or subscribe to new posts via email), because I’m going to show you what we found on the house reef in an upcoming post.

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