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Dive Review of Dive 'N Stuff/Victoria House in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Dive 'N Stuff/Victoria House, Jul, 2003,

by Steve Dingeldein, NC, USA . Report 607.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Little Cayman, Belize, Grand Turk, Bonaire, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Key Largo, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Guidelines were given 100 feet for deep dives 50 feet for shallow dives, but not strictly enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room on the westside pontoon boat to set up if need be. Paul puts out a separate rinse bucket for each person with a camera so all the cameras are not piled on top of each other in a single bucket.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our third trip to Grand Cayman, our second stay at Victoria House and our first experience with Dive 'N Stuff. We have dived twice before with the sister operation to Dive 'N Stuff in Little Cayman, Conch Club Divers and loved the personal service given by that operation. We assumed, rightly it turns out, that the operation in Grand Cayman would be very good. There were a few reviews each year in the Chapbook. Each review was good and Undercurrent had given Dive 'N Stuff a good review several years back.

In short, Paul Deegan was as good as a divemaster could be. He was very laid back but paid attention to each diver's skills. He is readily available via his cell phone while you are there and extremely flexible. Most of the divers on the boat (excepting us) were repeat customers of Dive 'N Stuff over several years, which speaks for itself. We met Paul each morning at the public beach at 7:40 AM. Other divers he picked up before us at the beach of their condos and others after us. We were ALWAYS the first boat out on the west side and thus had the pick of dive sites each day. He was more than willing to set up the tanks himself, and was remarkably effecient getting everyone ready. He then led the deeper dives after giving excellent dive briefings. He didn't go in on the shallower dives unless he had a resort diver, but that was just fine with all the divers on the boat. We dived 2 tank dives in the mornings, one tank most afternoons (he would do two if we asked) and did one night dive on the Oro Verde. We didn't dive the North shore because visibility had been pretty poor there the weeks before our arrival. Paul took us out to Stingray City at our request and got us there during the lunch hour when there was NO ONE else there. By the time we left 3 or 4 boats had arrived with more on its way. It was nice to be at Stingray City without it looking like Grand Central Station.

Paul has a great sense of humor and gave us our best tips on restaurants on the island. We particularly enjoyed Neptune (my wife said it was nice to be treated special as we were there even though we were not special) and Calypso Grill at the Northeast Tip of the Seven Mile Beach end of the Island. At each restaurant I had one of the best meals I've ever eaten. We enjoyed the Wharf, too.

I really like Victoria House, as did the two other families who had not been there before. The rooms were nice, and the ladies who cleaned them each day did a great job. The beach is fantastic with the large Casuarina trees and hammocks. The location is far enough up Seven Mile Beach so as to be past the worst traffic. Many days we felt like we had the beach to ourselves there.

Dive 'N Stuff is one of the best dive operations I have been with and I give Paul Deegan my unqualified recommendation.
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