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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Bergen, CA, USA
Report Number 1532
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Bay Islands, Monterey, Belize, Channel Islands, Bahamas,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be on board with 500 PSI (per person, not per buddy team)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No camera table on the boat, but there was a dedicated camera tank.  Great
photo shop with experts to ask questions of.
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The Cayman Islands are located between Cuba and Jamaica. The largest is
Grand Cayman (where Cayman Air has their hub) with the nightlife and
above-water attractions, and the two sister islands located 90 miles east
are Little Cayman and Cayman Brac (brac is Gaelic for bluff), known for
their diving. Grand Cayman was devastated by Hurricane Ivan, so most of the
tourism was detoured to the other two islands. We were diving in Cayman
Brac (okay, off the Brac technically), so we ended up meeting many more
people in our resort than we would have otherwise but the dive boats were
not overly full.

The resort had big clean rooms, clean running water, Jacuzzi (which we
ended up using as a gear rinse tank) in the bathroom, lots of good food,
and great grounds crew. And a well-stocked bar. Divi Tiara is a fabulous
place to go for diving. We both highly recommend it.

On the 24th we met the dive crew. Hands down the best crew either of us
have ever met. They not only knew the water, the boats, and all the dive
sites, but took care of all their passengers so well that we all felt quite
spoiled. The crew changed over our tanks between dives, made sure we all
stayed hydrated, and even rinsed our gear in fresh water at the end of each
day. Wow! What service! And all smiling. One guy, Christian, summed it up
when there were strong winds one day. What worries? I work in the
Carribean. Another guy, Scott, was the best boat captain ever. His boat
was in fine shape, checked over each night, and ran like a dream even in
rough water. The general manager, Max, made sure we all had enough
supplies, even when one whole planes gear didnt arrive for several days.
And Liz, the Dive Operations manager, kept everyone straight on every boat
on every dive. Mics wetsuit had gotten blown off of the dock during one
particularly windy night, and was found 2 weeks after we got home. Liz sent
an email to tell us it was found, and is sending it to us. Thats just
great customer service.

Scott gave a great dive briefing. He said, When youre down to 1000 psi,
you should figure out where the boat is. Do your safety stop and ascend to
the surface if youre not sure where it is, because you should find the
boat on the surface. Thats where we keep it. I said, What a nice change
from our last dive trip. Scott gave me a funny look and Mic explained.
Scott then said, Okay, a 99% chance of the boat being on top of the water,
and 1% that it will be on shore.

On Christmas day, we went out in perfect weather. There was a family that
traveled from D.C. consisting of 2 parents, their 3 teenage kids, and one
kids fiancé. They came with 2 instructors to do their open water
dives. They were certified on Christmas, and their dive master went down
wearing a santa suit along with all his gear. They have photos of each
person sitting on Santas lap at the bottom of the mooring line, most
wearing another santa cap. Cute, especially since the pompoms floated!

We got over to Little Cayman to dive Bloody Bay Wall  an incredible wall
covered with tons of corals and sponges. It was like looking at the entire
book of caribbean sponges and corals in one dive! And we got to dive it

One dive had rather strong current, and we surfaced at an empty mooring
ball between 2 boats. Our boat was upcurrent, so Mic and another buddy
hooked onto the mooring line and waited for the boat while Beth swam
downstream to the next boat to let them know about the current. Good thing
we had those bright orange safety sausages so that we were easily visible.
Several other divers said that they would purchase them after getting home
because theyre so handy.

We had 6 days of diving, 4-1/2 in near-perfect conditions, then a strong
current picked up with 25 knot winds and 10 foot swells. Beth called it a
day but Mic went out anyway. Visibility was shot but he had a good time
anyway. Both felt they had made the right decision.

The only dive we didnt get to do because of local conditions was a Russian
destroyer, the Tibbits. Of course, the boats went there on our last day
when we were out of the water. Guess well have to go back for another
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