Compass Point & Ocean Frontiers | Cayman Islands | Scuba Travel

Compass Point & Ocean Frontiers | Cayman Islands - Caribbean

  • Around 100
  • 28 self catering, self contained condominiums sleeping up to 8 people
  • Eat at the in-house Eagle Ray's Restaurant, dine in your condo or try one of the many local eateries
  • A delicious range of international dishes and BBQ, including the famous Lionfish Tacos
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, car rental, land tours and BBQ areas
  • Land based, liveaboard-style diving. Roll out of bed into your dive boat
  • PADI courses available, day trips, full 'Dive Valet' service
  • 29 access points located throughout the property giving you 100% coverage

Compass Point & Ocean Frontiers | Cayman Islands

Hidden in the sleepy village of East End, Grand Cayman, you will find the dedicated dive resort Compass Point and Ocean Frontiers. Together this indomitable duo offer a relaxing ambience with the convenience of your own private jetty, dive centre and access to world class Caribbean reefs. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of the larger Caymans resorts and discover a tranquil private beach and diving that will astound far from the crowds.

Compass Point is made up of 28 apartments with pool or ocean views. There are 1 bed or 2 bed apartments, all with en suite, a fully equipped kitchen, entertainment system in the living area and a jacuzzi jet bath. All rooms are non smoking. The decor matches the laid back Caribbean style of the whole resort. As a self catering option, you have total freedom. Try out the BBQ pits. But no fear if you don't fancy cooking every night! A short walk or drive and you can pick from a huge range of wonderful eateries - try Miss Vivines Kitchen for a taste of the local cuisine or a local fave Lighthouse at Breakers which is as famed for its grill as much as extensive wine list. We can arrange car rental as part of your trip.

The Compass Point is really focused on divers but if you are taking a day off or non diver, while away the hours in the sun on the secluded beach. When the temperature soars a hammock awaits in a shady spot. Feeling more active? Grab a bike or kayak to go exploring. Or why not try your hand at kite surfing. The school can show you how with lessons available (paid locally). There is never a dull moment. Kick back and enjoy the tranquil setting where adventure is on your doorstep.

One Bedroom Oceanfront Condominium

Full one bedroom condo with private bedroom with Queen size bed, full bathroom, living room and fully equipped kitchen. In the living room area there is a large entertainment centre, which stows 2 full size twin beds that can pull down out of the unit, therefore having the flexibility to sleep either 2 or 4 people. Also has a private balcony or patio.

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Two Bedroom Oceanfront Condominium

Full two-bedroom condo, each bedroom with Queen size bed, two bathrooms, living room and fully equipped kitchen. In the living room area there is a large entertainment centre, which stows 2 full size twin beds that can pull down out of the unit, therefore having the flexibility to sleep either 4 or 6 people. Also has a private balcony or patio.

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One Bedroom Deluxe Poolside Condominium

Full one bedroom deluxe condo with private bedroom with King size bed, full bathroom + 3/4 bathroom, living room and fully equipped kitchen. In the living room area there is a large entertainment centre, which stows 2 full size twin beds that can pull down out of the unit, therefore having the flexibility to sleep either 2 or 4 people. Also has a private balcony or patio.

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Three Bedroom Poolside Penthouse Condominium

Full three-bedroom condo, each bedroom with King size bed or two twin beds, three bathrooms, living room and fully equipped kitchen. In the living room area there is a large entertainment center, which stows 1 full size twin bed that can pull down out of the unit, therefore having the flexibility to sleep either 6-7 people.

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Our one bedroom ocanfront condos are all equipped with a kitchenette, containing: 4-ring cook top with oven, microwave oven, blender and all the pots, pans and utensils to cook a full meal. Also has a compact fidge with separate freezer. Our two bedroom oceanfront condos and our one bedroom deluxe poolside condos are all equipped with a full size kitchen: full size stove with 4-ring cook top with oven, microwave, blender and utensils to cook a full meal. Also has a full size fridge with freezer.

Covid Information for Compass Point & Ocean Frontier

Covid-19 update coming soon: once this destination reopens, we will update you with the in resort requirements

Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

On 18 February 2022 the Cayman Islands moved to Phase 5 of its border re-opening plan. All incoming travellers aged 5 years and over must provide a negative result from a PCR or certified antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic test (LFT), taken no earlier than the day before departure. However they are no longer required to undertake lateral flow tests on day 2, 5 and 10. All travel-related testing is at the cost of the traveller.

All travellers must apply to travel using the Travel Cayman Portal.

The Cayman Islands will accept the UKs proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.

Inter-Island flights continue without COVID-19 testing being required, provided passengers are not showing any symptoms

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 13APR 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Caymans is around 480 miles south of Miami. The main island, Grand Cayman is a vibrant mix of modern living at island pace. Relax during the day on one of the beaches or enjoying the diving and snorkelling before you head out into the town to try the islands many bars and restaurants. Divers and non divers alike will find plenty to do here!

Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

On 18 February 2022 the Cayman Islands moved to Phase 5 of its border re-opening plan. All incoming travellers aged 5 years and over must provide a negative result from a PCR or certified antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic test (LFT), taken no earlier than the day before departure. However they are no longer required to undertake lateral flow tests on day 2, 5 and 10. All travel-related testing is at the cost of the traveller.

All travellers must apply to travel using the Travel Cayman Portal.

The Cayman Islands will accept the UKs proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.

Inter-Island flights continue without COVID-19 testing being required, provided passengers are not showing any symptoms

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 13APR 2022

Weather and Climate

Summer is mid-May to October and is a hot, rainy season. Our winter months (Nov-Apr) are dry and mild. Air temps peak at around 30C in August, dropping to around 25C in Jan and Feb. August water temps can be as high as 30C, but is between 27-28 for most of the year.

Travel

Flight options

On certain dates BA operate a direct flight from London to the Grand Cayman. This takes around 12 hours. f you are not able to travel direct, then flights typically route through the USA. You may require an overnight en route depending on flight times. All passengers transiting through the USA must have a valid ESTA before travel. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Grand Cayman, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

If you are transiting through the States, you can enjoy a stop over. This would usually be in Miami.

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

UK passport holderss are able to obtain a 90 day visa on entry to the Caymans. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will either be a rep to meet you with further instructions or you will have full details of your car hire in your travel documents. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Local regulations mean that we are not able to include transfers in the cost of your holiday. Where possible, they will be co-ordinated for you on arrival, to pay locally. Certain resorts offer car hire as part of your package. Full instructions will be in your travel documentation.

Departures

You will be advised locally of your transfer times/ final arrangements at the end of your holiday. The departure tax is around $30.

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Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

USD are widely accepted in the Caymans, along with Cayman Island dollar. Mastercard and visa are accepted, but please be aware you may be charge a local surcharge on card payments

Phone coverage

Phone coverage is generally good, but please remember to check with your phone provider about any charges. 3G signal is also fairly reliable

Plugs and electricity

Flat 2 pin US style plugs are normal, with 110V

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

A full range of PADI courses can be prebooked or arranged in resort

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is available for a local charge

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to the Caymans is £500-£800 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class)

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. We do not take AMEX. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Your holiday includes direct flights to Grand Cayman
7 nights in an ocean front room on a self catering basis
A complimentary car rental for entire stay can be arranged.
We recommend the 6 day diving package

Excluded

Any additional services in resort (spa, land tours, additional dives, kit hire, private guides and special trips) are paid for in resort. Alcohol and some soft drinks are an extra charge. Local park fees can only be paid locally.

meals are available at the resort restaurant and will be added to your in resort bill

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.




With crystal clear water, calm seas and bountiful marine life, who could resist the lure of the sea in Grand Cayman? Ocean Frontiers dive the East End District of Grand Cayman, North East, East and South East, a total of 55 dive sites. The East End of Grand Cayman is something of a diving mecca to boot as the reefs are in fabulous condition and the walls drop away to dizzying depths.

  • PADI 5 star dive centre
  • Private dock
  • Complete "dive valet" service
  • 1, 2 or 3 tank days available
  • GUE tek training facility

Ocean Frontiers pride themselves on being a thoroughly modern dive centre with a generous helping of old fashioned Caymanian hospitality. The service here is described as a "dive valet" - you hardly need lift a finger during your stay. Just let this 5* PADI team sort all your gear (they will even wash it for you!) while you get down to enjoying the diving. Dive groups are kept small and all diving is from the custom built dive boats that departs from the jetty right in front of the hotel. The boats depart on 1, 2 or even 3 tank dive days

The warm water and incredible viz make this, combined with Ocean Frontier's flexible approach, an ideal choice for anyone wanting to learn to dive. This is an award winning team that will get you through from your first breaths underwater right through to PADI instructor. The onsite pool is the deepest freshwater pool on the island - perfect for honing those skills before you jump to boat diving.

Old Man Bay (7 dive sites)

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 35

This dive zone runs along the North coast of Grand Cayman from the edge of the town 'Old Man Bay' through 'Little Bluff Bay'. This zone is approximately a 30 minute boat ride from Ocean Frontiers dive shop and is frequented most in the summer months when the South East winds prevail and often create flat calm seas in this area. The wall dives in this area are characterized by their shallow starting depths of 40 ft and the vertical sheer drop offs. The shallow dives in this area are dominated by rolling meadows of coral finders and are known for their variety of fish and coral life. Julie's Wall
Babylon
McCurley's Wall
Northern Lights
Top Secret
Omega Reef
Little Bluff Reef

Queen's Highway (12 dive sites)

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 30

This dive zone runs parallel to the Queen's Highway and covers 3 miles of Cayman's reefs and walls, boasting some of our favourite sites. This zone is approximately a 20 minute boat ride from Ocean Frontiers dive shop. In this area the visibility can reach up to 150 ft, offering some of the clearest waters you will find in the world. The wall dives typically start at 60 ft and with large outcroppings on the edge of the drop off, attracting lots of marine life. The shallow reefs offer wide open expanses of coral fingers covered in healthy coral colonies, sponges and small fish life. Anchor Point
Old #12
Kathleen's Reef
Delwin's Delight
Split Rock
Fish Tank
Black Rock Reef
Black Rock Drop Off
Valley of the Dolls
Barrel Sponge Wall
Roger's Reef
Turtle Pass

Colliers Bay (6 dive sites)

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 30

The topography in this dive zone is unique to the East End of Grand Cayman. The zone is dominated by shallow reef cavern structures resembling giant swiss cheese. This area can be more exposed to the elements, but normally accessible most weeks for a shallow dive that can be the icing on your whole dive trip. The shallow reefs and caverns are full of marine life and always deliver an exhilarating dive. We always can tell by the look on a divers face after their first dive in the Colliers Bay Zone, and the first words out of their mouth as soon as they take the regulator out is can we come back here tomorrow? Chub Hole
Cinderella's Castle
Snapper Hole
Dragon's Lair
Lost Wall
Old Wreck Head

High Rock (9 dive sites)

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 30

Named after the pronounced rocky shoreline that is also known for the famous 'Blowholes', is home to a list of iconic Cayman Islands dive sites. The special traits of the wall dives in this zone are the pinnacles. These majestic coral towers defy gravity itself and spire upwards from the depths of the Cayman Trench at the very edge of the drop off. Scuba divers are able to cruise along the wall and then out in to the blue to circle around these massive coral skyscrapers. The shallow dives in this area prove to be one of the best locations for spotting lobsters and nurse sharks. The Lodge Anchor
The Arch
Tarpon Terrace
Dumbo's Lookout
Three Sisters
Lost Valley
Kangaroo Gorge
High Rock Drop Off
River of Sand

Frank Sound (11 dive sites)

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30

This zone provides a staple diet of must see sites for even the most discerning diver's log book. The wall dives in this area are some of our most recently discovered and have only been opened up to dive boats in 2010. The shallow dives in this zone include many of our signature dives that have appeared in many scuba diving magazines and are sites that are always sought after whenever we have visiting journalists and photographers. The shallow dives have a similar topography to those in the Colliers Bay area. The sites are approximately a 30 minute boat ride from Ocean Frontiers dive shop. Ironshore Gardens
Maggie's Maze
Kelly's Caverns
Crusher's Wall
Little House on the Prairie
The Big House
Fantasea Land
Elmo's Wall
Frand Sound Gardens
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, 'Mo'
Breakers Cut Back

Snorkel Boat Trips in the Cayman Islands

Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 5 | Max Depth: 5

Take a 3-stop snorkel safari boat excursion on the East End of Grand Cayman. On this 2.5-hour trip you will visit the best, untouched snorkeling reefs in the Cayman Islands with your small group. Enjoy the tranquil waters full of colorful fish and corals.

The Corner (10 dive sites)

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 35

This zone is the melting pot of Cayman dive sites offering the best of everything all in one place- great wall dives and great reef dives, all within a 10 minute boat ride from Ocean Frontiers dive shop and dock. The wall dives in this area start at approximately 60ft and feature many canyon-ways and chutes that lead out on to the drop-off. This part of the wall is best known for seeing Caribbean Reef sharks and large groupers. The shallow dive sites in this zone offer a coral ledge or mini-wall with many canyons and archways that have cut in to the reef structure over the millennium. The shallow dives provide for a haven for countless tropical reef fish.
Sunset Reef
Gigglin' Marlin Legacy
Grouper Grotto
Old Isaacs
Scuba Bowl
Pat's Wall
Jack McKenney's Canyon
The Maze
Lighthouse Wall
The Playing Field

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For guests at Compass Point Dive Resort you are spoilt for choice. Guests often take avantage of having a full kitchen in their condominium for some meals and do it yourself and turn up the heat on our commercial grade outdoor BBQ grills. Eagle Ray's Bar & Grill is on-site and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also several restaurants nearby, a different one for everyday of your trip.

Eagle Ray's bar and grill

Eagle Ray's Bar & Grill is on-site and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with 180 degree panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea. a delicious Menu of International light fare and a full bar menu offering all of your favorite tropical drinks and local beers. Caribbean Pirate's Buffet - Not to be missed, every Monday. Oceanfront and Poolside all at the same time. Take a dip in the pool to cool off.

Communal BBQ pit

As each condo is equipped with a kitchen, most guests cater some of their own meals We have two propane gas powered grills by the pool cabana and hot tub. Grill barefoot poolside under the stars. The commercial grade propane gas grills are located by the poolside building and offer a shaded cabana and area for food preparation. This area can easily accommodate families or small groups.

In room dining

When you want to eat in your PJ's or just veg out in the comfort of your own space, the full Eagle Ray's menu can be delivered direct to your room door for lunch or dinner.