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Dive Review of Dive Divi Tiara/Divi Tiara Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac, Little Cayman

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jerre B. Sadler, Florida, USA
Report Number 1754
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Yap & Palau, Fiji, Cozumel, Bahamas, Roatan, Cay Sal, Dry
Tortugas, Florida, Fla. Keys, North Carolina, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft. w/out computers, 110 ft. w/computers, common sense safety stops, no
gloves/no reef contact, 500 psi back on boat, shallow dives on last dive
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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  
5 stars  
No dedicated camera area on board boats, camera rinse tank on board, crew
very attentive with cameras, excellent facilities for film processing at
resort and Barbie(photo pro) always available to help and to produce very
good dive videos and stills. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 3d year in a row staying at Divi Tiara Beach Resort on Cayman
Brac and diving with their dive operation, and as before it was a pleasure
to be at a really well-run dive resort. They are almost recovered from
Hurricane Ivan's visit last year, having only to finish the check in area
and fill station at the end of the dock. This area will also include the
gear drying rooms and storage area. A shortage of dependable construction
personnel on the Brac has caused the rebuilding process to take longer than
it should have but everything should be up and running by the end of July
'05. Managers Max and Liz's customer service ethic is first and foremost at
Divi Tiara and is reflected throughout the staff at the resort from
housekeeping to maintenance to the restaurant and to the dive operation.
Their "can do" attitude is refreshing and reassuring. Our
accomodations were clean and kept clean throughout our stay. The air
conditioning was more than adequate to keep up with the Brac's humidity and
the beds were comfortable but a bit lumpy. You only handle your dive gear
upon arrival and departure. You use a provided mesh bag to store your gear
on the boat or to carry it with you on shore dives. Everything is
coordinated with your dive crew. We were assigned to the big boat(Brac
Fever)which was clean, well-maintained, stable, and fast over the water.
Liz and Scott were our dive crew and they happily provided as much
assistance as you needed. Every dive was preceeded by an in depth(oops!)
site briefing covering where to go, what to do, what to watch for and watch
out for, depth and time limitations, and when to be back. Your gear has
been set up for you and is brought to you at the stern prior to your dive
and taken from you upon your return to be set up for the next dive.  One or
the other of our dive crew was always in the water with us pointing out
highlights and helping where needed. Our group(Neptune's Underwater Tours}
enjoyed 4 three tank dive days, with 2 two tank days, that included 3
Little Cayman trips and 3 Brac days. Night dives are available as are tanks
for shore diving. Both diving and camera instruction are available during
your stay. Cars can be had to tour the Brac which I recommend, as are bikes
for the athletically inclined. Kayaks are available also, and fishing
charters can be arranged through the resort. The food and dining facilities
are excellent for breakfast,lunch, and dinner. Chef Cliff and Karen will
keep you fed and entertained in the morning for breakfast and lunch, and
Patricia and the remainder of the staff take care of you for dinner. You
will not lose weight during your stay, unless you want to. Manager Max does
a very nice welcome party to let everyone know what to expect from the
resort during your stay. He also does one slide show mid- week and another
one later with slides shot by guests and by Barbie, of guests. The outside
bar is available for post-dive and later libations, and the karaoke can be
loud and late. This was my wife's third visit to Cayman Brac and my 9th
visit to the Caymans overall. Divi Tiara Beach Resort is an affordable,
comfortable, friendly, and professionally run operation that I highly
recommend to anyone wanting to visit the Brac. Cayman Air did far better
this time meeting schedules and getting all the luggage here. The next time
my wife and I return to the Brac it will be to stay at Divi Tiara Beach
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