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

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Sandra K Falen, KS, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5628
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Tonga, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and all over the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Behave like an adult, and you'll be fine... these folks are easy-going.
Dives were generally around an hour, sometimes longer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Roomy camera table on boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
For Caribbean diving, it's hard to top Little Cayman. It had been nine
years since my previous visit, and I shouldn't have waited that long to

Paradise Villas (PV) is flat out terrific, and a great value.  Every
cottage is beachfront, with spacious verandas front and back, and compact
bedroom, living, and dining areas. The kitchen facilities made it easy to
do breakfast on our own, as well as a post-dive Happy Hour while reviewing
that day's photos over a cold beer or rum punch (we stocked up at the
nearby grocery and liquor store). Lunch and dinners at the Hungry Iguana,
on site, were decent and reasonably priced (don't miss the mango sorbet).
PV is well-managed by a friendly staff, the property is clean and inviting,
and I was even able to check email from my room, with the free WiFi.

The staff at Conch Club Divers (CCD) is experienced, safety-conscious, and
a lot of fun, and I give them a 5-star rating. They know the territory,
care deeply about the island and its waters, and they run an efficient
operation. They picked us at PV at around 7:30am for the short ride to the
Little Cayman Beach Resort, where CCD's boat is docked. If you're a Nitrox
diver, you'll analyze and label your tanks at the shop here each day. There
are roomy rinse tanks, a large gear storage area, and a camera rinse tank.
Morning dives consist of a 2-tank trip, with surface interval spent on the
boat. After returning to the dock, the CCD staff cheerfully motored us back
to PV in time for lunch. My friends and I also opted for a single-tank
afternoon dive, and the CCD van usually picked us up at around 1:30.

Diving on LC provides for outstanding photographic opportunities, with the
sheer and stunning Bloody Bay Wall as a backdrop. I was pleased to see that
the corals are still pretty healthy, and so, too, is the fish population.
We saw an amazing number of large lobsters and groupers, and there were
turtles sighted on nearly every dive. Other sightings included seahorses,
flounders, burrfish, scrawled filefish, barracuda, stingrays, nursesharks,
and an amazing array of juvenile fish -- I lost count of the canary yellow,
baby blue tangs and the tiny, schooling baby surgeon fish darting about the
reef. Oddly, I didn't see a single eagle ray -- although they were spotted
by other divers on the boat that week. The turtles and groupers are clearly
accustomed to divers, which allows for some amazing, close-up "Kodak
moments". I had a porcupinefish pose lazily right in front of my
camera, and a dazzling reef squid mating display which made for some
spectacular video.

As for the dreaded and unwelcome lionfish - yes, they are in Cayman waters.
I was happy to find that the dive crew has taken a simple approach to
dealing with them:  trap and kill whenever possible.  We probably sighted
(and subsequently dispatched) at least two on every dive. After seeing how
lionfish can decimate the tropical reef fish population in the Bahamas, I'm
convinced that killing them is necessary, and it appears that this approach
is helping to keep them in check in LC.

While Little Cayman diving may be the priciest in the Caribbean, it's also
arguably the best.  I won't wait nine years to return.

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