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

Conch Club Divers/Paradise VIllas, Mar, 2010,

by John , CA, US ( 1 report). Report 5426.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Ambergris Caye, Turneffe Reef, Lighthouse Reef, Bonaire, Tobago, Roitan, Puget Sound, Monterey Bay, Ireland, Lake Michigan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Keep within No-Deco limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We go on a diving excursion every year with an informal group of ten or so family and friends -- most very experienced divers with advanced certifications -- and have been all around the Caribbean. We have to say that this year's two-week trip to Little Cayman, the Paradise Villas and Conch Club Divers was absolutely fantastic. The pace is relaxed, and the diving, service, and accommodations were superb. We will return.

The diving: some of the best we have encountered. We dove with Conch Club Divers on the good ship Sea-Esta. The crew -- Bill (who owns the CCD operation), Ann and Tim -- were expert, knowledgeable, efficiently helpful, accommodating and a delight to dive with. Bill is a skillful boat handler and all are outstanding dive masters/guides. Ann delights in finding the smallest of interesting critters among the coral and sponges, and Tim in his pre-dive briefings regaled us with (apocryphal) tales of Blackbeard the Pirate and the Cuban Navy. (Yes, he somehow managed to connect the two.) We were free to follow them under water or explore on our own, sticking to the agreed-upon dive profile. The diving itself was excellent, with the Bloody Bay wall, wonderful sponges and coral formations teeming with colorful small reef fish, lots of arches and swim-throughs, and abundant sea life, especially turtles (lots), cow fish, hogfish, file fish, trigger fish, angels, hordes of smaller reef fish, lobsters, crabs, and the rarer nurse and reef sharks, moray eels, and eagle rays.

The Paradise Villas was an ideal place for us to stay. The villas are right on the water, and are charming with what we call Caribbean Rustic Elegance". The staff -- Marc, Sabine, and Michelle -- are wonderful people and took very good care of us without being all over us. The service from Patrick and Emma at the Hungry Iguana restaurant was great and the food is not fancy but quite good; the curry lovers among us said that the curry served on "Curry Night" is among the best they have ever had.

This is not a place to go if you want to rub elbows with hordes of tourists, shop till you drop, and boogie until dawn. But if like us you want a relaxed and gracious experience with wonderful people right on top of fabulous dive sites, we highly recommend the Paradise Villas and Conch Club Divers.
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