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At Colbalt Coast, March 2007

Cobalt Coast Resort, on the northwest coast of Grand Cayman, is a compact resort with rooms centered around the fresh water pool and hot tub. One and two bedroom suites are available, which can also be split into separate self-contained bedrooms. Cobalt Coast is 10-15 minutes from 7 Mile Beach; we did not rent cars, but local transportation was easily accessible for $2.50 each way. We decided to eat all our meals on site, which turned out to be a great decision-the food was excellent and there was no hassle of deciding where to eat. Plus we got a discount on the food package, which actually made it economical compared to eating in town. The meals are served open air style when the weather cooperates, but there is also a more protected area available. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

TechDive has a dive shop on the premises and also near the Turtle Farm; unlimited shore diving is available at both locations, weather permitting, and courtesy transportation can be arranged by the staff to the Turtle Farm. Each morning we hopped into one of the vans and were transported to one of two locations, depending on the weather. We were able to dive the North wall a couple days and the west side the rest of the time. We saw sharks, barracudas, lobsters, and the usual local fish and critters. On the North wall we dove tunnels and chutes. Of course we visited Stingray City and had a blast playing with the stingrays and the very friendly green moray eel. And Tarpon Alley definitely lived up to its name.

Although Grand Cayman is overrun with tourists and the coral has seen better days, we had a great time, a large part of that due to the ambiance of Cobalt Coast Resort and Dive Center staff. We would have no problem going back.