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

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin Robertson, TN, USA
Report Number 1726
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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

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 ft. depth. Back on board with 500+ PSI. No Divemaster in the water.  
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
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  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
  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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