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Dive Review of Brac Reef Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Donald and Marilee Hughes, MN, USA
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Report Number 6016
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Florida, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet/50 minutes first dive, 60 feet/60 minutes second dive.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Cameras are handled with care, though the small, but dedicated camera table
gets crowded easily.  The bottom level of the table was  used mostly for
lotions, books, etc...  At the end of dives, staff take your camera as you
get to the dive deck, then rinse it off with water hose before setting it
on the camera table.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Large, covered dive boats are well maintained, clean, and have heads. 
Between dive snacks and water are supplied.  Dives are available morning
and afternoon with two night dives per week.  
You set your gear outside your door the first morning in gear bags supplied
by the dive shop.  They gather the bags and take them to the boat where you
set up your gear the first time, then it's done by staff each day
thereafter.  Your bc and regs stay on the boat during the week, with staff
hosing them off each day.  You suit up, then carry your flippers to the
back of the boat where you have a seat.  The staff then carry your
tank/bc/regs to you and assist you gearing up.  Same procedure is followed
at the end of dives, "valet diving."  One large rinse tank for
wetsuits and one for camera rinse are at the dive shop.  You have choice of
leaving your suit hang outside or inside to dry.  Suits dry fairly fast in
the well ventilated drying room.  There's a hose available on the boats for
a quick rinse off after dives.  Large deck towels are supplied.  Nitrox is
available, costing $10/tank or $100 for the week.  Fills are consistent at
32%.  You check your percentage with their gauge, then mark the tank with
your name.  I'd suggest the Brac reefs aren't quite the level as Little
Cayman, but are good Caribbean diving.  First dive of the day is 50
minutes/110 feet.  Second dives of the day are 60 minutes/60 feet.

The resort has been completely rebuilt since Hurricane Paloma leveled the
resort in 2008.  Everything is new.  They've done a great job of
rebuilding!  Rooms are well furnished.  We stayed in a suite which included
a refrigerator, coffee and tea, room safe, LCD TV with  dozen or more
channels,  instant hot water, air conditioning, ceiling fan.  Clean towels
were always in good supply.  Lighting in our room could have been better. 
Bulbs in the 3-way lamps were only 10watt...  All rooms have a small patio
or balcony with chairs.  Pool was always kept clean as were the grounds. 
Meals are buffet style included in some packages or made to order at an
additional expense in an adjoining dining area which we didn't partake in,
so I can't comment on that option.  However, the buffet food was quite
excellent.  Food can also be ordered and eaten at the outside bar, our
option for lunches which we really enjoyed.  Food prices were very
reasonable at the bar with quite fast service.  There is a coin washer and
dryer available with outside drying lines available, a very nice  touch.  I
believe service is available to have your clothes washed as well.  The
resort is quiet and peaceful, sitting beachfront with shaded hammocks and
chairs always available even though the resort was nearly full during our
week there.  I'd give all staff from the front desk at check-in to the dive
staff highest ratings.  All were friendly and seemed happy to be working at
the resort. 

In contrast to the small puddle jumper that's required to access Little
Cayman from Grand Cayman, there's a large jet departing each Saturday from
Grand to Brac and back. With this flight there's none of the hassle being
charged for more than one bag of luggage and potentially being required to
check your carry-on bag, a substantial bonus when traveling to Brac.  The
front desk will arrange a rental car or van for you.  The small rental
office is located just down the road.  Prices are reasonable.  Island tours
are also available and arranged at the front desk also.  The guides will go
with you in your vehicle, tailoring the tour for what you want to see,
caves, shopping, beach walking, etc.  Bicycles are available to use free,
though it was a bit warm for riding bikes during the afternoons, so we
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