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

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Rhonda VanSpeybroeck, IL, USA
Report Number 2563
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Jamaica, Saba, St. John, British Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Australia,
Belieze, Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, Bahama live aboard, Fiji, Grenada,
St. Thomas, Dominica, St. Lucia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
First dive to 100 feet for no longer than one hour. Second dive to no more
than 60 feet for one hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table but no holding tank for between dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
     This was our fifth trip to Little Cayman, but the first time we
visited in the summer months.  We arrived on June 9th and the weather had
been bad for several days due to the first tropical depression of the
season.  The wind was so strong on  the 10th that the dive boat did not go
out, so we started diving with Conch Club Divers on the 11th and continued
to dive every day for eight days. The weather continually improved and was
very nice for all but the first couple of days.
     Conch Club Divers is a very professional and well run operation with a
small but very knowledgeable and friendly staff.  They picked ss up
promptly each morning from Paradise Villas for the short 2-3 minute ride to
the dock and the dive boat.  They had a very nice boat that would
accommodate up to 16 divers, but usually had less than that.  There was a
camera table , but no camera holding bucket.
     Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Bay on the island's North side hold most
of the island's dive sites.  As most all of the accommodations are on the
South side there is a short (15 min.) boat ride around the island each
morning.  The first dive of the day is profiled for up to 100 ft.  Divers
are allowed to do their own profile within this depth and a 60 minute
maximum time.  There is a 45 minute surface interval and then a second dive
with a 60 ft max. depth and another 60 minute max. time. The boat is back
to the dock by noon so divers can get lunch and head out for an afternoon
dive around 1:30pm. Conch Club Divers requires a minimum of 4 divers to do
the afternoon dive. They do not do any night diving, but can help you
arrange this with other operations on the island.
     Little Cayman is our favorite dive destination and the only one to
which we have returned. The number and variety of fish is remarkable and
the architecture and life on the wall is superb.  There are always numerous
turtles and an occasional eagle ray, nurse shark and reef shark to be seen
during our trip. Sometimes there is a seahorse or two, but these are rare. 
It is also easy diving.  There is rarely a current and the wall makes
navigation easy. Visibility is usually 100 ft or better.  There are
numerous swim thrus.
     We had stayed at Paradise Villas on each and every trip to Little
Cayman.  There are 12 villas, each with a bedroom, bathroom and small
living area and kitchenette.  These are very nice, but it is the porch that
keeps us coming back.  Each villa has a porch overlooking the ocean.  We
sit on the porch every morning for breakfast and again for lunch, enjoying
the serenity and beauty.
     The Hungry Iguana restaurant is located on the grounds and is a great
place for dinner.  They serve lunch also, but we prefer to fix our own
lunch and eat on the porch.  Dinner reservations can be made at some of the
othr resorts, but the Hungry Iguana is the only open seating restaurant on
the island.
     When we want to tour the island, we jump on the bicycles provided for
each villa and take off on our journey.  Rarely would it be necessary to
rent a vehicle on this small 10 mile by 1 mile island.  Point of Sand is a
very nice beach on the east end of the island and is a great snorkeling
location.  It is a little too far for the bicycles, but transportation can
be arranged through Marc or Sabine, the resort managers. There is also a
bird sanctuary to visit and many large iguanas to see along most roads.
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