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Dive Review of Dive Tiara/Divi Tiara in
Cayman Islands

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin Robertson, TN, USA
Report Number 1749
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cuuracao, Bonaire, St Croix, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
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  
110ft depth. Back on boat with 500PSI. Dive with buddie. No time limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Appears to have nice photo shop. Im not a photo diver, so I going by my
very little experince I have and what other divers told me.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Divi picks you up and takes you to airport no charge. Very friendly staff.
The reort buildings and guest rooms are a little antiquated despite recent
updating. 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 we didnt bother to have it fixed. 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 because
restaurants for the most part are not in decent walking distance. The food
at Divi is only above average. Great breakfast bar with cooked to order
french toast, pancakes, eggs cooked any style, fruit etc. 

We took a short walk to Brac Reef Resort. We didnt see inside the rooms,
but its appearance is nicer than Divi. Their dining room is much nicer.
however, the Divi beach is 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. Well organized with experienced staff. They operate with one
46ft and three 38ft boats. Boats are very clean and roomy. Table and rinse
tank for cameras. Most dive sites are approx ten minute trip. Fruit and
cheese crackers served during surface interval. Loose diving restrictions.
They casually watch computers for decompression settings.  No divemaster in
water. You basicly are on your own with a buddy. Good dive briefings. All
the dive staff members i delt with were very professional, knowledgeable
and friendly. Dive Tiara couldnt be much better. 

We went to Little Cayman one day to dive Bloody Bay Wall. Two sites there
were excellent and the best of the trip. The sites at Brac are typical
Cayman. Beautiful walls and reefs with swim throughs and sandy bottoms.
Lots of turtles, nurse sharks, stingrays and hudge groupers.  Plenty of
macro life on the reefs. The seas and currents were unusually strong all
week. Vis was 60ft-70ft. Typically you can expect 80-100ft. vis. 

your dive gear stays on the boats during 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. I'm not a big camera
type diver, but it appears they have a good photo shop. 

We flew Cayman Airways from Grand Cayman to the Brac. The small plane
(approx 25 seats) was full. Some passengers including me had some luggage
left in Grand Cayman due to weight and space issues with the plane. The
missing peices were brought to our room that evening via Cayman Airways
jet. 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 Cayman Brac and we will stay at Divi and
dive with Dive Tiara. We had a great trip.  
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