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Dive Review of Conch Club Divers/Conch Club Condominiums in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Andrew Dingeldein, NC, United States
Report Number 1760
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Belize, Hawaii, Bonaire, Grand Turk, Grand Bahamas, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 foot max, back with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Boat is dive friendly. The rinse the cameras with fresh water hose and have
a nice sized table for cameras on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our fourth trip as a family to Little Cayman diving with Conch
Club Divers. They are my favorite of many great dive ops in the Caribbean.
Bill Christoffers (owner), Tim Jackson, and Ann Walther work together well
and OBVIOUSLY still enjoy diving and it shows. They are funny, informative
and helpful. Please do not try to outwit Tim especially, because you wont
win. That doesnt mean I didnt try, nevertheless. 

We dived 3 dives a day for 8 days with great weather, very good visibility
and saw a ton of stuff. They pick up your gear when you arrive, take it to
the boat and change the gear for you between dives. They have a wonderful
42 Newton dive boat with a good sized camera table. You take your fins and
mask to the back of boat, sit down on some benches and they slip your bc
on. Up you stand and giant stride away. 

Bill likes the big stuff in the ocean better and Tim and Ann like the
little stuff better so it is great to go with all of them on different
sites. Tim is the expert Pike blenny finder and headshield sea slugs
(moving dots of dirt) and both Tim and Ann find pipefish Id simply pass
over as sea trash if I wasnt with them.

We saw the usual Caribbean stuff, but so many little things that I dove
mostly with a macro 60mm lens.  We saw an octopus out in the open feeding
which allowed me to get some great photos, manta rays, southern sting rays.
There seems, to my eye, to have been a decline in the number of Green
Morays in the Caymans over time but saw a few spotted morays. Turtles are
plentiful as are nurse sharks and we saw one reef shark.

We got to tour the island with Linton Tibbets whose son Dan own the Little
Cayman Beach Resort. We stayed at the Conch Club Condos which are still in
good shape though the unit we stayed in is due a paint job and new carpet.
They still provide bikes to ride back and forth between Conch Club and the
LC Beach resort but now you have to lock your bike. That is good as I
actually had a bike in good working order with gears that actually worked.
Bill, Tim and Ann were great about carting me and my 19 pound camera back
and forth as I needed. The food at Bird of Paradise restaurant is still
quite good. There was a new chef that has introduced some more variation to
their food. The last 2 years the burgers at the Hungry Iguana have been
quite good and worth it for a change of scene.

I cant say enough good things about Conch Club Divers. If you want great
diving with a great dive op on a wonderful old Caribbean island with good
food and good service head to Little Cayman. I have stayed at the Little
Cayman Beach Resort, The Club and Conch Club Condos. All are great. 
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