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

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Grant, Ontario, Canada
Report Number 2303
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, Provo, Florida, St. Marten, Aruba,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The recommended depth was 110'.  The enforced depth was 130' but there
wasn't much in the way of checking.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
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  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
If you're planning a trip to "The Brac" make sure to book your
diving with your accommodations.  I've dove with both Tiara Divers and Brac
Reef Divers.  They are both excellent "valet" style diving
operators, so you can't go wrong.  On our first trip I assumed that I would
be able to purchase a dive package upon my arrival.  This is not the case
at Reef Divers so on our second trip I pre-booked my diving with Tiara
Divers and it was considerable less expensive.  One difference between the
two operations is that Reef Divers boats are equipped with a head and
Tiara Divers boats are not.

If you get a chance, do go to Little Cayman.  Its rated one of the top 10
wall dives in the world for a good reason.  Not all parts of Bloody Bay
Wall are created equal however. The first time we went it was simply
amazing.  The wall is so vertical that its disorienting.  On the second
trip we went to a different area which, although it was still good diving,
the visibility was low and the wall was really no better than the walls on
Brac.  Dont be discouraged by my comments  its still well worth taking
the trip.  It only adds about an hour to your diving day.

If you want to see turtles, Brac is definitely the place to dive.  We saw
turtles on at least every other dive.  If youre not having much luck
finding eagle rays, southern rays or nurse sharks, the place to find them
is in the lagoon in front of the hotel.  We snorkeled the shallow lagoon in
front of the Divi and saw all of the above plus an octopus.  The lagoon is
only about 7 deep in most places.  Be sure to snorkel from south to north
with the current for an easier time.  When we stayed at the Brac Reef, we
also saw lots of interesting creatures when we kayaked in front of the

We stayed in an Ocean View room and the accommodations at the Divi Tiara
were alright (nothing fancy but adequate).  The breakfasts were good but
for the most part the suppers were pretty basic.  We ate lunch at the bar
every day.  The bar menu was good and the bartenders Annie and Jen always
had a smile and a cold drink for us.

  The food at the Brac Reef was far superior.  We ate there the majority of
the time.  Also, the dining room closes at the Divi when all of the people
on the meal plan are fed even though the sign says that they are open until
9:30 pm.  We found this out the hard way.  The cook refused to feed us when
we arrived at 8:50 pm for supper.  One of the servers took pity on us and
made us a couple of sandwiches.  

Theres not a ton of things to do topside on The Brac.  I would recommend
touring the island by rental car or scooter (if youre brave).  The driving
is on the left (aka British style) but the traffic is very light so its
not too hazardous.  The caves are interesting but I would recommend
skipping the light house as it is nothing spectacular (picture a channel
marker that is on a cliff).  

All-in-all the Brac is a fantastic place to go if youre a diver or you
can get into some intense relaxation on a beautiful island.
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