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Dive Review of Conch Club Divers/Paradise Villas in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Blue McRight/Warren Wagner, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 2435
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, N.A. and Catalina Island, CA, USA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 180    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth 100' on all dives.  500 psi required at end of dive.  Usually 50
minutes bottom time with optional 10 extra minutes if extra minutes were at
safety stop depth.  45 minute min. SIT.  Roll call taken before leaving
dock and after every dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Paradise Villas is a lovely and immaculate group of five duplex bungalows
located steps from the sea.  The peace and tranquility of the location is
amazing.  Near the tiny airport but not a problem at all.  Marc and Sabine,
our hosts, made us feel very welcome.   Bikes provided to all guests for
island exploration which includes world-class birdwatching. There is wi-fi
for checking email, etc.   Tasty lunches and dinners served at the on-site
restaurant, the Hungry Iguana.  Friday night bbq at Southern Cross Club is
fun and a good deal.  We made breakfast and lunch for ourselves, buying
groceries at a small store within easy walking distance of the Villas.  US$
accepted.  To our amazement there is no crime on the island.  Paradise
Villas lost their dive boat in the last storm so all guests dive with Conch
Club Divers.  Transportation to their dock is provided - easy and fast. 
Dive boat is a beautiful Newton 42' Dive Special, the "Sea-Esta".
 Completely equipped with high quality safety and communication gear,
shade, marine head, and snacks.  20 divers max. but we never had that many;
our max. was 14 and plenty of room for all.  A.M. 2-tank dives with
optional afternoon dive.  We did every afternoon dive - like having a
private charter with only 4-6 divers!  Divemasters were excellent -
professional and thorough with a great sense of humor, very knowledgeable
about dive sites, fish, and coral.  They set up and assist you with your
scuba unity and rinse it at the end of each day, with a room provided for
overnight wetsuit storage.  Excellent illustrated briefings made navigating
the phenomenal underwater topography easy.  In 8 days of diving we dove the
spectacular north sites (Bloody Bay Wall/Jackson Wall) all but 2 days (due
to wind and currents).  Some damage to reefs due to heavy use, especially
at swim-throughs.  Less visited southern sites were also great.  Saw reef
sharks, spotted eagle rays, southern and yellow stingrays, shortfin
pipefish, juvenile queen triggerfish, goliath grouper, many turtles and
spiny lobsters, indigo and shy hamlets, peppermint basslets, diamond and
sailfin blennies, southern sennet, batwing coral crab, purple crowned sea
goddes, green, yellowtail, and spotted moray eels, many barracuda, and lots
of other things.  We would definitely go back and would stay and dive with
the same folks!
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