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

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Blaine and Marian Browne, FL, USA
Report Number 3100
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 ft limit, downtime limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
There is a trade-off in Carbbean diving in November: while temperatures are
more moderate, one runs the risk of less-than-perfect dive conditions. Such
was the case for this trip to Cayman Brac, during which winds and clouds
were the rule. However, as the island is situated on a generally west-east
axis, one could dive on the lee side with only minor annoyance from the
northerly wind. Brac Reef Resort is one of the most accomodating places
that we have stayed at. Super-friendly staff, clean, spacious rooms and
well-kept grounds. The food was superb, approaching gourmet level, lots of
it and much variety. The dive operation was likewise user-friendly.
Spacious, well-maintained boats and the crew does everything but put you in
the water. Diving the Tibbetts wreck on the windy north side, we faced one
of the most challenging entry-exits we've encountered, with huge swells
that wildly tossed the 46 ft boat. Ron and BJ provided careful briefings
about reboarding, reassured the anxious, and got all back on board with no
problems. The Tibbetts wreck was one of the best dives, with great
visibility and some larger fish on the wreck. Currents caused some hatch
doors to swing back and forth, emitting eerie, audible creaking noises.
Wilderness Wall was arguably the most spectacular dive, with many
swim-throughs and beautiful corals and sponges. We saw no turtles or
sharks, but others reported sightings. Because of the wind, dive sites were
limited during our stay, but those that we saw generally ranked up there
with most in the region. One can also explore the island by foot, bike or
car. We opted for the latter (drive on the left!), hiking various trails,
exploring the bluffs on the east end, and investigating several caves,
which are home to numerous bats. The island is more developed than Little
Cayman, with a suprisingly large airport. Cayman Airways will charge you
for excess weight, so pack accordingly. Brac Reef Resort seems to be the
only major operation on the island now, as Divi Tiara shut down
unexpectedly in October and is boarded up.  We much enjoyed our stay here,
encountering no significant problems.
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