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Steve Broadbelt and his team at Ocean Frontiers have culled 10,000 Lionfish from East End reefs; Chef Ron Hargrave has purchased a total of 6000 pounds of the predators to cook up in delectable local dishes “Lionfish are beautiful, resilient and strong – a cool fish - but they are deadly to our reefs and if we don’t stop them something bad is going to happen,” says Matt Russell a dive instructor at Ocean Frontiers who has watched the invasion with deep concern for the marine environment. Russell is a dedicated, educated and skilled warrior in the fight against the Lionfish, consistently culling large numbers on dives – a record 56 Lionfish during a 2-tank dive.  He's also a member of the very exclusive "30 Club" whose members have removed 30 or more Lionfish on a single dive.  Matt also teaches customers how to safely and humanely remove the invasive species...
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Recognized for its stellar diving with dramatic underwater scenery and big marine life, Cayman is also home to tiny and photogenic marine critters – but you must look closely Under the calm, clear and shallow water of the Cayman Islands, virtually undiscovered, is a thriving world of tiny sea creatures that are no larger than a grain of rice – a wondrous variety of nudibranchs (soft seagoing slugs), indigenous worms, rare shrimp and critters yet to be found. This curious realm has mostly been overshadowed by Cayman’s large-scale dive experiences − dramatic drop-offs, striking wrecks, friendly stingrays – all prime photo subjects that continuously draw underwater photographers from all over the world. Were it not for avid diver underwater sleuth and photographer Everett Turner, a part-time resident of Grand Cayman, this vibrant “super macro” kingdom of underwater life might still be unknown. In 2012 Turner, his wife Essi Evans and friend...
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Ocean Frontiers, dive operator at the Compass Point Resort on Grand Cayman’s remote East End, was rated one of the world’s Best Dive Operations, and tops in Cayman, by Scuba Diving readers in the 2014 Top 100 Gold List Awards. The Cayman Islands were rated No. 1 for Best Overall Destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic. The magazine polls its readers every year and asks thousands of subscribers to rate their dive experiences in a variety of categories. “We’re excited and honored by this recognition because it comes from experienced divers who know first-hand the excellent diving we offer,” says co-owner Steve Broadbelt. “They are telling us that we do a good job – this makes me very proud of our dive staff because they work very hard.” Broadbelt shared the good news during a staff meeting in early January, and it added extra cheer to the morning dive boats. Dive...
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During the coming winter full moon, in late January and early February, the normally solitary and territorial Nassau grouper will travel a long way to gather at spawning sites. Watching the activity carefully (as they have been doing for more than a decade) will be marine scientists and researchers of the Grouper Moon Project, a collaboration of the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE) and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). The Grouper Moon Project had its beginnings in 2002 after an estimated 2000 fish were taken from the unprotected Little Cayman site. To reduce fishing pressure and allow the Department of Environment to monitor the site, Cayman’s Marine Conservation Board implemented an alternate-year fishing strategy. In 2003 based on Nassau grouper population numbers, the decision was made to impose an 8-year ban on fishing the aggregations. The ban was extended in late 2011 and is set to expire in 2019....
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Nesting season highlights the need to protect sea turtles now and focuses the community’s attention on what needs to be done for the future. An encounter with a sea turtle is always high on the wish list of every visiting diver to the Cayman Islands, and they are very rarely disappointed. The sea creature recognized as the national symbol of the Cayman Islands almost always makes an appearance during a dive, sometimes more than once, fulfilling expectations of any dive enthusiast. Cayman waters have a relatively healthy population of hawksbill and the green turtles, and local divemasters say they can count on spotting at least one sea turtle per dive to keep guests happy. Sometimes, as many as four turtles swim by to check out the excited divers. “Close encounters with turtles big or small always put a smile on our diver’s faces,” says Ocean Frontiers Divemaster 'The Hobbit'. “As divemasters we urge our divers to enjoy their...
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Reef corals spend most of the year pretending to be underwater rocks, but for a few special minutes each September, late at night, they explode into effervescent life in an effort to reproduce. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - During a limited window of time, late at night in September each year, many of the corals in Cayman’s reefs spawn simultaneously, releasing eggs and sperm together to cross-fertilize and scatter in the current. “One of the great lures of diving is that feeling of discovery - the thrill from seeing something that few others have,” says British marine biologist and underwater photographer Alex Mustard, explaining the lure of the annual coral spawning. “But as more and more people dive, rare treats are getting harder and harder to find.” “We think that it’s tied to certain events or conditions, such as water temperature, the moon phase, and the ocean currents,” says Dr. Ellen...
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East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - “It’s the social heart of the Compass Point Dive Resort and Ocean Frontiers with a killer view of the lagoon,” says Steve Broadbelt of the newly opened Eagle Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill on Grand Cayman's East End, which served its first guests on July 26, 2013. Located dockside up on the main pool deck steps away from the shoreline with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, the open-air restaurant accommodates up to 49 people in a colorful, laid-back island atmosphere that features a thatched roof, yellow picnic tables and a modern and spacious kitchen. Broadbelt, co-founder and partner of Compass Point, says the name came naturally to Chef Ron. “Dozens of spotted eagle rays live in the lagoon and we see them often in the shallow water in front of the resort.” Chef Ron Hargrave, owner of nearby Tukka Restaurant, has partnered with Broadbelt...
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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – During the Summer when the coastal waters warm up, swarms of Atlantic Silversides, small schooling fish, pack Grand Cayman’s meandering reef caves, caverns and swim-throughs lit up by beams of streaming sunlight. It’s a seasonal migration that creates a unique dive experience eagerly anticipated by local divers, photographers and dive companies. The arrival time of the silversides, length of stay and the multitude of fish vary from year to year, but typically the schools are enormous. At peak times silversides completely fill the caverns and gullies of specific dive sites like Grouper Grotto and Snapper Hole, delighting divers who swim through the silver masses. “It is an amazing experience to dive in the silversides,” says prominent underwater photographer and marine biologist Dr. Alex Mustard. “I love it and when there are huge schools filling the caverns and canyons on the reefs I will spend my entire...
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For all you map geeks, this day could not come soon enough.  For the last 7 years we've had 2006 image data on Google Maps and Google Earth.  This image data is an extremely helpful resource for finding new dive sites and most recently, helping us track and log all of our Lionfish culling results.  The new base map also includes Compass Point Phase 2 and the new Hospital site in the Cottage village.  The Morritt's boat dock is also shown as complete and everything else just looks more up to date and greener.   Take some time and nose around on your virtual helicopter tour.  Some of the images are so clear, you can even pick out the mooring balls on the dive sites.  Let us know if you find anything interesting......
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  Silversides have come to East End.  If you haven't had the opportunity to fin through a living cloud of tiny fish, you cannot imagine the sensation. Grouper Grotto is wondrous without a silversides bloom. With them, it's positively other-worldly. Hat tip to dive instructor and up and coming snapper Brittainy Slade for the photo....
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The people who make Ocean Frontiers:

To help you get to know us a little better before you arrive, please enjoy the staff profiles below - honestly, you couldn't make some of this stuff up, even if you tried! World Disco Champion, Tool Bounty Hunter, Fish Whisperer..... just to name a few. A large part of why divers love diving with Ocean Frontiers is down to the unique individuals that love diving and sharing the beauty of our coral reefs and care deeply about your safety and enjoyment. 


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Green Short Service 

Royalty expects the White Glove Service and Divers at Ocean Frontiers receive the Scuba Diving Valet equivalent, we call it our "Green Short Service".  This royal treatment leaves a lasting impression with all of our divers, which many have not experienced before, but are left wondering how they could ever go diving without it and in part, kick themselves for missing out until now. 


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Two time recipient of the Project Aware Environmental Achievement Award and a PADI Green Star Certified Dive Center 2012.


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