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

Dive Tiara/Divi Tiara Beach Resort, May, 2005,

by Kevin Robertson, TN, USA . Report 1726.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, St Croix, Curacao, Little Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 110 ft. depth. Back on board with 500+ PSI. No Divemaster in the water.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We stayed at Divi Tiara. Divi picks you up and takes you to the airport no charge. Very friendly staff. The resort buildings and guest rooms are a little antiquated despite recent updates. Guest rooms are basic but clean. Our air conditioner quit working and maintenance was quick to respond and solved the problem. A/C went out again our last night and didnt bother to have it fixed. On a 1-10 I rate the room a 5-. Try to request a room in the furthest east two buildings for best beach access and ocean view. The resort sits on a large beautiful sandy beach loaded with palm trees. Plenty of lounge chairs. You will want a meal plan. A couple restaurants on the island are to far to walk. The food at Divi is only above average. Great breakfast with french toast, pancakes, eggs cooked to order any style, fruit etc. The bar outside is fun and interesting with a great view of the ocean. It's a divers hang out. We took a short walk to Brac Reef Resort. We didnt see inside the rooms, but it's appearance is nicer than Divi. Their dining room is much nicer. However, the Divi beach is much nicer. For the money I'll take the Divi. Besides I was there for the diving and my wife got her nice beach.
The diving was very good as expected. Dive Tiara is an excellent dive operation. Very organized with experienced staff. They operate with one 46ft and three 38ft boats. They are clean and roomy even with sixteen divers. Tables and rinse tanks for cameras. Most dive sites are approx a twenty minute ride. Fruit and cheese crackers at surface interval. Loose diving restrictions. 110 ft depth and 500+ PSI back on boat. No time restrictions. No divemaster in the water. You basicly are on your own with a buddy. Very good dive briefings. All the dive staff members I delt with were very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Dive Tiara couldnt be much better. One day they take you to Little Cayman for a couple dives at Bloody Bay wall. OUTSTANDING dives. I spent a week at Little Cayman last year and that diving is hard to beat. The dive sites at Brac are typical Cayman. Beautiful walls, swim throughs and sandy bottom areas. Lots of turtles, nurse sharks, stingrays and hudge groupers. Plenty of macro life. Of course, lots of the small reef fishes. The seas and currents were unusually strong all week. Vis was 60-70 feet. Typically you can expect 80-100 feet vis. Your dive gear stays on the boats through your stay. They rinse your gear and return it to your room on day of departure. Unfortunatly your gear remains in the sun while being stowed on the boats. Dive shop doesnt stock much so purchase what you need before you leave home. They have a good photo shop. I'm not a camera type diver so e-mail them for details.
We flew Cayman Airways from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac. The small plane (approx 25 seats) was full. Some passengers including me had some luggage left in Grand Cayman due to space issues. The missing pieces were brought to our room that evening via Cayman Air jet. You don't find out you are without luggage until you are claiming your luggage at the airport. I heard Island Air, an alternative airline does this more often. We had no problems on our return.
My wife and I plan to return to Brac and we stay at Divi and definatly dive with Dive Tiara. It was a great trip.
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