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Dive Review of Dive 'n Stuff/Lacovia in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Renee Smith, CT, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3805
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, St. John, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We have taken an annual January dive trip to the Caymans since 1994 and
have dived with Dive 'n Stuff since 2002.  Paul Deegan runs a great, small
operation with a flat top boat (max 12) and a small V-hull.  We see many of
the same divers year after year.  Experienced divers are allowed more
freedom to dive their own profiles, but they are equally accommodating to
new divers who need or prefer a guided experience.  Safety always come
first in either case.

New Cayman divers should know that in January you are most likely to dive
the West Wall. Dive n' Stuff will do beach pick-ups in good weather along
most of Seven Mile Beach -- a huge convenience.  Cold fronts are common in
winter, which can bring a stiff wind, so pack a fleece top, windbreaker and
beanie for the surface interval if you have a tendency to get cold like I
do.  The North Wall is not to be missed for it's dramatic underwater
structures and chance of seeing more large pelagics -- although we
sometimes get there in the winter, other times of year are better for the
North Wall.  Many people also like to dive the East End (Ocean Frontiers is
a great East End operation).

This year my 10 year old daughter and 13 year old son completed their Jr.
Open Water Diver certification.  I was very impressed with Paul's
instruction.  He was patient, very thorough, and treated them as people at
all times.  My children had a fabulous experience with Dive n' Stuff.

As far as what the diving brings:  we saw nurse sharks, green, spotted and
golden moray eels, eagle ray, sting ray, yellow ray, turtles, crabs,
lobster, small critters like flamingo tongues and a huge array of fish --
there is no lack of interesting life.

Lacovia is a great luxury condo development on Seven Mile Beach with 1, 2
and 3 bedroom units.  We have also enjoyed staying at Silver Sands, and of
the big hotels, we prefer the Westin, as they have the best section of
beach.  Dive n' Stuff will do beach pick-ups at all these locations (and
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