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

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by John , CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5426
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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

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Keep within No-Deco limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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