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

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jerre Sadler, Florida, USA
Report Number 1121
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea(Sinai), Palau, Yap, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman,
Cozumel, Roatan, Bahamas, Dry Tortugas, Florida + Keys, N. Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Common sense restrictions for computer and non-computer divers. 100' 1st
dive-60' 2d dive, no deco dives, safety stops after every dive, computers
are recommended, no gloves(stay clear of reefs), skins or 1mm suit
recommended, no deep dives on last dive day  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Boat crew sensitive to photogs needs, very helpful with cameras, etc.,
dedicated rinse tank on board, no real work area on board, film supplies
and processing on site, instruction and rentals available, videos and
slides available for purchase, slide and video shows during week in
evening, and the delightful photo pro Barbie is always available on site. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
My 7th visit to the Cayman Islands(5th to the Brac), my 2d time at Divi
Tiara Beach Resort, and one of my most favorite diving destinations. But
for Cayman Air this would be diving heaven. Their ineptitude,
insensitivity, unprofessionalism, and unfamiliarity with customer service
is all but unrivaled, even considering TACA & ALM. To fly with Cayman
Air is to appreciate an American run airline. The Divi Tiara Beach Resort
and it's staff were better than our last visit in 6/03(hard to believe).
Everyone is geared to providing the best possible vacation for their diving
and non-diving guests. From the outset, Max(manager-par excellence)kept the
restaurant open for us(nice touch) after Cayman Air fouled up our flights
causing us to arrive at midnight. All of the resort staff are both
courteous and friendly and helpful to a fault. The meals presented were
excellent in both quality and quantity from breakfast through lunch to
supper. You will experience no "turista" here. Chef Phil's
breakfasts start your day and his lunch is there upon your return from the
morning's dives. You will not lose weight during your stay. Excellent
dinners await you after your afternoon shore dive or island excursion or
hammock dive. Slide and video shows are held after dinner just outside the
restaurant with the Caribbean at your back. Bugs are not a problem unless
the wind is down at dusk. We were assigned to the resort's fast new dive
boat "Cayman Fever" for our week's diving that included 3 trips
to Little Cayman to dive the legendary Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson's Bight.
Our boat crew for the week again was Canadian captain Ken and Brit dive
master Rich who made it their mission to ensure that our Central Florida
dive group(Neptune's Underwater Tours) dove in the best conditions on the
best sites available. Max started the week off with an orientation
gathering at the dive shop outlining common sense dive restrictions and his
expectations that we should enjoy ourselves. Your boat crew handles all of
your dive gear for the week, bringing it to the boat to be set up for you
and rinsing it and storing it for the night. You are provided a numbered
mesh bag for your gear that is used also for shore diving, etc., after
coordinating that with your crew. You have unlimited tanks for shore
dives/night shore dives. Your crew will provide a thorough dive briefing of
each site you dive and one of them will dive with you to help you find the
little or big things you miss. On board you get as much help with your gear
as you need, a fresh water rinse is provided along with a water cooler and
ice chest for snacks between dives. Captain Ken's pre-dive artwork of the
site is choice along with the very animated British site description
provided by Rich who was wounded for our week, having stepped on a nail a
few days prior to our arrival. Ken had to do all of the diving(poor
guy)while Rich stayed on board tending his injury. Cousteau has been proved
right many times over about the quality of Cayman Brac/Little Cayman diving
and it doesn't take forever to get there. That is, unless you fly Cayman
Air. Car rentals are available close by and island tours are highly
recommended to see the Bluff(Brac) at the high end of the island along with
the many caves used by islanders during hurricane visits. The Brac museum
and the "Mall" should be seen, as well as long beach walks on
both sides of the Bluff end of the island to see the blowholes and
driftwood and the flotsam and jetsam that arrives from the Caribbean. Going
back to the Brac is always a pleasure for the diving, the cordial locals,
the scenery, the relaxation, and the Divi Tiara Beach Resort. Diving the
"Big Blue" on the walls, great visibility, light currents,
normally stable weather, beautiful corals and psychedelic tropicals,
numerous turtle and shark sightings, healthy grouper and snapper
populations have made me a repeat visitor for 16 years and the wife and I
will be back. If power shopping is your bag, do it on Grand Cayman as you
transit through. Thankfully the Brac has escaped what Grand Cayman has
become with it's traffic and modern day hustle and bustle. The rooms are
all air conditioned, are clean and well appointed, have comfortable beds
and plenty of room to store/hang up your things. They have a phone for wake
up calls, a TV to keep up with CNN, and a balcony/porch to hang up skins
and other wet things to dry. There is 110v current on the island, so no
converters are needed. Bring your batteries, film, and other personal
supplies as things are expensive on the Brac. See you on the Brac.  
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