Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop in the Cayman Islands
Specializing in Scuba diving Grand Cayman’s East End with small personal groups, the Cayman Island’s friendliest staff and the finest dive boats in the Caribbean. We’re a modern Scuba diving operation and dive shop with old style Caymanian hospitality. You’ll find our dive shop very flexible; whenever you want to dive Cayman’s East End, we’d love to take you.
Enjoy the dive sites of pristine coral reefs and breathtaking wall dives that the East End of Grand Cayman is renowned for with a service style that will surpass your expectations. Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop offers diver freedom, diver safety and diver adventure in every sense of the word. Full “Dive Valet” services are also offered making scuba gear handling, storing, rinsing and set up hassle-free.
For experienced Scuba divers, we offer unguided computer diving, Nitrox diving and Technical diving. Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop is also a PADI *5 Star* IDC School. Our dive staff, just love to go diving on the East End! We keep our trips exciting, but you will also find our style and pace to be relaxing and caring. We pride ourselves on being a small dive company that listens to the needs of our diving customers.
We call it the “Green Short Service”
Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop is located at Compass Point Dive Resort on the East End of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands offering scuba diving boat trips, diver certification classes and introduction beginner dive classes. Ocean Frontiers also offers dive vacation packages with accommodations, diving and a car rental.
Why choose Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop in the Cayman Islands
We are Environmentally Friendly too
Coral reefs are without doubt one of the most important natural treasures of our planet. They are home to the world’s most diverse marine communities and most beautiful seascapes. They protect islands from being washed away by waves and provide millions of people with food and employment. As scuba divers and snorkellers, we are privileged to be on more intimate terms with the reef and its inhabitants than the average Joe. It is our responsibility to repay this trust by doing our utmost not to damage reef.
Corals don’t do much, spending most of their time performing a believable impersonation of a rock, but we must never be fooled into thinking that they are not living animals. Just look at a picture of one of Cayman’s corals spawning to see how alive they can be. Corals are colonies of tiny delicate polyps that are easily injured or killed by excessive contact. Branching species are easily broken by careless fin kicks or if they are grabbed.
Our environmental respect should extend well beyond the corals. We should not harass or handle any of the marine creatures we encounter. This is one of the reasons why gloves are not permitted when diving in the Cayman Islands. There is an old saying in the diving world that if a creature moves slowly enough for us to touch it – then don’t – there is probably a good reason for its confidence. If you don’t know what something is, then you should be very careful before extending a finger!
Environmental awareness should not finish when we get out of the water. Please try not to waste water or electricity while in the island. Do not leave litter on the beach or in the ocean. We should also think carefully about what seafood we eat. Some species, such as some groupers, have been fished close to extinction on Grand Cayman and no longer aggregate at their traditional spawning grounds to reproduce and start the next generation of their species. We should also consider our carbon footprint – as coral reefs are one of the ecosystems most critically threatened by global warming.
Most of Grand Cayman’s dive sites are unsurprisingly found in zones of Cayman’s Marine Parks, and are thus protected under the Marine Conservation Legislation. In brief these laws prohibit us from damaging the coral, taking any marine life alive or dead and disturbing turtles in any way. It is our privilege to visit their home and we must always put the marine environment first in our diving. More details on the marine park rules can be found in our downloads section.
The Ocean Frontiers dive shop story began back in 1996, opening on Valentines day, with one boat, only 3 staff, 2 of which were the owners- Steve & Mo, and only a single scuba diving customer with the boat all to herself! The core of why Ocean Frontiers ever began was rooted in the pure quality of Cayman’s East End diving, without the firm knowledge that the dive sites in the East End district were the best in the Cayman Islands- the Ocean Frontiers dive shop would never have happened. We always knew that if the diving is as good as we say it is, the divers will find us and they will come.
Some of the adventures over the years include exploring the shipwrecks of the East End with Dr Peggy Leshikar-Denton, tagging and satellite tracking Green Sea Turtles, research dives for the Shark Awareness Program with Dr Guy Harvey and his team, sunrise Stingray snorkeling, underwater yoga with Steve Schultz, diving the barge wreck on 12 Mile Bank, underwater weddings and mass coral spawning night dives with Dr Alex Mustard…. to name a few. Our dedication to the diving industry and our natural resources has won Ocean Frontiers the PADI Project Aware Environmental Achievement Award.
If you are like us, we can’t wait for our next East End dives, whether they are some special adventure or the Cayman classic East End 1-2 of The Maze and Grouper Grotto.The Cayman Islands dive industry has done it again and brought home top honors is the 2012 Annual Top 100 and Gold List by Scuba Diving Magazine. The awards are divided in to the Overall Destination Awards alongside the individual company awards. Individual dive shops and dive resorts were recognized in the Gold List with Grand Cayman’s Ocean Frontiers rated as the best dive shop in the Cayman Islands. Cayman’s Dive Resorts also made the list with Compass Point Dive Resort taking the top spots as best dive resorts in the Cayman Islands. Other Cayman accolades on the Gold List include Best Wreck dive with the Capt Keith Tibbetts in Cayman Brac, Best Animal Encounter with Stingray City, Best Family Destination, Best Beaches, Best Night Life and Best Wall Diving were all credited to the Cayman Islands. For the prestigious Destination Awards, Caribbean Region, Cayman ranked in 8 of the 12 categories and took the top spot (tied with Bonaire) for Best Destination Overall. Cayman also took top honors for Best Photography destination, which comes as no surprise with thecrystal clear waters and friendly marine life willing to pose for that perfect picture. – Best Destination Overall = Cayman Islands #1 (Tie with Bonaire)- Best Advanced Diving = Cayman Islands #2- Best Photography = Cayman Islands #1- Best Shore Diving = Cayman Islands #5- Best Marine Environment = Cayman Islands #3- Best Marine Life = Cayman Islands #4- Best Wall Diving = Cayman Islands #2- Best Destination for Diving = Cayman Islands #4 Since 1994, Scuba Diving Magazine has turned to their readers to rate dozens of destinations to determine Scuba Diving’s exclusive Top 100 Readers’ Choice Awards and Gold List. Thousands of their readers and subscribers took trips to their favorite destinations to reveal what they think is the best the dive world has to offer today. For the last 19 years that these awards have existed, the Cayman Islands has placed at or near the top in several of the categories. These awards demonstrate the value and quality of the overall experience the destination provides.
The East End of Grand Cayman offers world class scuba diving, being renowned for pristine coral reefs and breathtaking wall diving, coupled with custom built dive boats awaiting at the end of the dive dock and award winning dive staff we offer the perfect combination for your Cayman Islands scuba diving vacation.
Offering diver freedom, diver safety and diver adventure with full “Dive Valet” service, making scuba gear handling, storing, rinsing and set up hassle free. Enjoy a dive service style you have never experienced before….”The Green short service.”
The East End of Grand Cayman is known for where the locals dive and Ocean Frontiers is their Grand Cayman dive shop. East End is where Divemasters from other dive shops come to dive on their day off. If this is your first vist to the Cayman Islands, you have travelled far enough to deserve the best possible diving experience – come and explore the East End with Ocean Frontiers Diving Adventures. After your first dive trip with Ocean Frontiers and after logging your first East End dives, you will realize why we have more repeat customers than any other dive shop in the Cayman Islands.
Not only is it all about the dive sites, it is all about our dive staff and dive team. You will notice the little things that make a difference; always full 3000 psi tanks (not 2800 psi), always 80 cu ft dive tanks (not 72 cu ft), always diver freedom with more bottom time (no table square profiles), always the little extra touches- dry towels, refreshments on board, digital photo services and our ‘Dive Valet’ service where you never have to set up your dive gear ever again 🙂 Whether you want to learn to scuba dive in the Cayman Islands or are a seasoned diver, you will be happy that you choose Ocean Frontiers as your dive shop.