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Dive Review of Brac Reef/Cayman Breakers in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Toren Smith, CA, United States
Report Number 764
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Mexico, Belize, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
I'd dived Cayman Brac many times, but always stayed in the resorts, usually
the Divi Tiara.  After some discussions with the locals on my last trip,
this time I booked into a new condo development on the East End (farthest
from the airport) called the Cayman Breakers, and set out to do some
serious shore diving.
I did a few boat dives with Brac Reef, and those are rated above.  Not
exceptional, but I'd need to do more diving with them to have a firm
The Breakers were a real find.  Yes, you'll need to rent a car to get out
there, but that's not a problem and not expensive compared to some places. 
Being out on the far East End was nice and private, and the condos
themselves are brand-new, immaculately clean, and of superb construction. 
Robert and Nina Banks built and operate the Breakers and are wonderful
folks.  Both have been diving for a dog's years and have been on the Brac
for more than ten.  Nina is a gold mine of info about local shore sites,
and each unit has a list of locations to get you started.  I liked the
Breakers so much I have placed my name on the waiting list to purchase a
unit!  In the meantime, you can book a rental through [ link] and read all about the units there.  They
are VERY diver friendly.  The "3" rating above for food is due to
my own inadequate cooking.  Aunt Sha's is just ten minutes down the road
and has great seafood.
Despite the weather being very stormy while I was there, opportunities to
shore dive were plentiful.  In fact, if you have experience in surf
entries, there is a reef and wall site right off the Breakers that I loved.
 It is rarely dived and the critters (including lots of turtles and a
way-too-friendly nurse shark) seemed to regard me with astonishment.  The
reef is pristine as the site is not moored and Nina figures it's only dived
a few times a year.  This held true for all the shore dives I did
here--pristine and untouched.  You can borrow a "diver down"
float from the Breakers.
Most of the moored dive sites, such as the Tibbets destroyer, are easily
accessible from shore with a reasonable swim (even some of the walls)
should you wish to "join the crowd." 
I dived new sites every day the whole time I was there and barely scratched
the surface of what is available.  I'm coming back with a GPS unit and a
notebook!  A dive kayak would really open up some opportunities.
Note that the Breakers is on the windward side of the island (good
points--no mosquitoes, and a nice cooling breeze) and so sites along the
main road west from there are surf entries.  While the surf is generally
nothing to get excited about (at least to this Monterey diver!) the entries
can be over jagged ironshore, which makes hardsole booties and great care
necessary.  Shore dives on the leeward side lack the surf but the ironshore
still needs to be respected. Just in case, I wore a pair of gloves with
kevlar palms for the shore entries and exits, and will probably bring a 1mm
full-body suit next time.  However, there are several sites with easy sand
or pier entries.  I really enjoyed the freedom shore diving gave me and I
doubt I'll make any boat trips on my next visit...except to scoot over the
Little Cayman. 
Stay at the Breakers and shore dive your brains out--you won't regret it!
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