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

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Rizzo, TX, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 4250
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Galapagos, Red Sea, Cozumel, Belize, Bay Islands, Flower Gardens,
Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft ... no time limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table on boat, great service from Tim and Ann getting cameras in and
out of the water.  Photo shop at dock.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was our third visit to Little Cayman using Conch Club Divers.  Our
group has five families with a total of 8 kids, 7 of whom are certified

I've dove for over 30 years.  Tim and Ann with Conch Club Divers run the
best land-based dive operation I've ever used.  Bar none.  Our group
charters their boat, the Sea Esta, for the entire week.  The diving on
Bloody Bay is the best in the Caribbean (and Ive dived virtually every
Caribbean destination).  The healthy reef, vertical wall, flat warm water
and 100+ foot visibility is the perfect combination for both experienced
and young divers.  Eagle rays, nurse sharks, eels, lobster, upside down
jelly fish, puppy-dog-friendly groupers, southern sting rays, squid, octopi
and the occasional reef shark and seahorse are just a few of the things
youre likely to see. 

Each family rents a condo at Conch Club Condos.  They are large, well
appointed and in reasonably good shape.  Each is right on the beach with
gorgeous views from the living room and master.  A dock jutting out 50 feet
from shore with hammocks is the perfect evening gathering place to chat,
smoke Cuban cigars and marvel at the Milky Way.
We bring much of own food (especially frozen meat and cheese in coolers)
and wine (dining on the island is limited and groceries are 3X to 5X US
prices). We leverage the kitchens in the condos for BBQ's on the beach,

Conch Club Condos are managed by the Little Cayman Beach Resort; a meal
plan is available there.  However it is expensive and not very memorable
(Im being kind).  The one true restaurant on the island, The Hungry
Iguana, is run by Marc Pothier and his lovely wife, Sabine.  Island fare
and burgers there are excellent.

Little Cayman is an absolutely awesome destination for families to dive and
safely explore the sparsely populated island.  There are no cheesy t-shirt
shops and thankfully, not a single souvenir shop on the island.  The kids
are safe roaming the entire island on their own and will often swim / walk
/ kayak over to Owen Island during the afternoon.  Bicycles are the
preferred mode of transportation.

The only real challenge on this trip is getting from Grand Cayman to Little
Cayman on Cayman Express.  Little Cayman has no landing lights and most
flights from the US arrive in Grand Cayman mid to late afternoon.  With
only a small time window to get passengers, dive gear, food coolers, etc.
to Little Cayman on their Twin Otter service before dark, Cayman Express
has its challenges (and plenty of opportunities for improvement).  Expect
only about half of your bags to arrive that first evening, with the
remainder trickling in during the next day.  Pack essentials in a carry on
for that first night.  Tim and Ann graciously hold the boat until
everyones gear arrives that first diving day (or secure rental gear) so
that no one loses a day of diving because of Cayman Express.

The return is not an issue because Cayman Express has all day to get your
bags to Grand Cayman before your flight home.  Theyll often start ferrying
your bags back the afternoon before your departure day.

That said, there is no possible better family vacation for those who want
great diving for the adults, easy diving for the kids and a true "get
away from the rat race" destination without hoards of people and the
typical island tourist trappings.

Ann and Tim at Conch Club Divers are the center point of this great annual
trek for our group.  I highly recommend their operation.
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