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Dive Review of Dive Tiara/Divi Tiara in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Czapski, MI, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 1509
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Malaysia, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji, Australia & most Caribbean dive
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Cayman Islands restrictions of 130'; back on the boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Cameras were well-handled on the boats; camera rinse tank available on the
boats and on the dock.  No specific camera storage facilities available in
the dive deck area; they needed to be carried to/from the rooms and
charging was done in the rooms.  E-6 processing on site; computer access
available to digital photographers to burn their photos to CD if they
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  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Unfortunately, Mother Nature wasn't too cooperative as far as the diving
weather was concerned.  Our first dive was on the North Side of Cayman Brac
and everyone enjoyed the 79 degree water and 100' visibility and then the
wind kicked up and so did the seas.  The remainder of our week was spent
trying to find the calmest water on the South Side we could.  Our dive
guys, Gary & Gavin, worked their tails off trying to find dive sites
suitable for our mostly experienced divers and a few newbies so they
weren't blown off the dive sites!  Visibility remained good all week but
currents were strong along the walls on the South and the shallower dive
sites were surgey.  There was no hope of getting over to Bloody Bay Wall on
Little Cayman or even over to the North Side until later in the week.  On
Thursday we finally made it over to the "Wreck" and had excellent
visibility and a good dive, but getting back on the boat in 5-8 foot seas
taxed our poor guys terribly.

Dive Tiara's protocol is to have each diver sit at the back of the boat and
help them on with their BCD, check their gauges and assist them off the
dive platform.  At the end of each dive, fins are handed up to the dive
guys and after climbing up the ladder, to sit back down while your BCD is
removed and tanks are swapped out for the next dive.  One afternoon the
Resort cancelled the afternoon boats because of safety concerns.  A good
call on their part as the winds seemed to pick up significantly as the day
progressed.  The staff was impressive with their cheerful, helpful
attitudes but overall concerns about diver safety.  We had a fun group and
a fun crew and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely in spite of Mother

The Resort is looking better every time I take a group there.  The new bar
is larger with a much greater seating capacity.  The Sunday Night Managers
Cocktail Party is held between the bar and the dining room with a slide
show featuring the best of the Brac both above and below the water.  The
Week in Review show was held on Thursday night this week because of the
planned New Year's Eve festivities scheduled for Friday evening.  All of
the divers from the week were featured both above and below the water.  One
group diving on Christmas Day had a Santa under water with them and photos
were taken of all the rest of the divers sitting on his lap with beautiful
corals, turtles and sponges as background!  Only one E-6 entry was
submitted for the Weekly Photo Contest so it claimed First Place
automatically.  It seems the underwater photo world has joined the digital
revolution and there were lots of qualified entries into the digital
category.  The winner of each category is awarded either a T-shirt or a hat
as a prize and also entered into the Yearly Photo Contest which will reward
the winner with a week's stay back at Divi Tiara.
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