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Dive Review of In Depth Watersports/Three Palms (private house rental) in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac & Little Cayman

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jonathan A. Scott, NH, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4777
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii & Florida & lakes/ponds in New England
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
70   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    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):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No rinse buckets but freshwater rinse avail on boat. shaded dry storage for
equip but no dedicated photo equip table. crew careful and accommodating
and good at finding subjects if asked.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was our first trip following hurricanes Gustav and Paloma (Nov 2008)
which devastated the Brac, topside. Stayed a week for 5 days of diving,
plus some snorkeling. In-Depth Watersports was the only operator in service
(Reef Divers closed, pending repair/restoration of Brac Reef resort). Cost
more than Reef Divers but you also get more, and well worth it: for the
high speed boat, willingness to visit requested sites, do drift dives and
all-around approach to diving adventure not possible with a larger
operation. We lucked into the first calm week following literally months of
wind and waves. Reefs were surprisingly unaffected by Paloma, perhaps due
in part to depth of the wall crest at Cayman Brac. A 2-tank trip to Little
Cayman's Bloody Bay showed marked contrast in terms of obvious diver impact
(at Bloody Bay wall) vs reefs and walls that had been virtually undived
since November 2008(Cayman Brac). Particularly enjoyed Tibbets wreck as
both day and night dive (including a rare sighting of mating slipper
lobsters)on the same day. Lots of great barracuda. Saw first lionfish, on
two different dives, without really looking. Only a couple of nurse sharks
and no larger pelagics despite some diligent looking out into the blue on
most dives. Quite a few turtles and stingrays, but no eagle rays were seen
on this trip. Storms and waves appear to have displaced some fish and
brought in new ones (saw several rainbow reef runners in shallow). Enjoyed
some great snorkeling off the beach at our rental house on the south side
(including the shallow-water wreck of the Prince Frederick). Corals and
sponges were healthy and thriving. Got up close and personal with "Ben
& Jerry," resident semi-tame Nassau Groupers at Marilyn's Cut site
(Bloody Bay). Some very fishy sites with great clouds of grunts, parrot
fish and angels, and impressive tarpon hanging out where they were supposed
to be (on Tarpon Reef). In Depth's boat deserves special mention: a
semi-inflatable high-speed comfortable powerhouse that can go 40 knots.
This allows for huge flexibility; only 20 minutes to Little Cayman and
to/from any site on the Brac in about 20 minutes or less. There is no head
but the quickness means requests for trips to on-shore facilities are
easily accommodated.The boat has complete safety equipment, entry by giant
stride from stern and easy return via comfortable stern ladder. Crew will
set up and assist with gear or you can do it yourself. Consistently good
fills. Captain Craig and his crew know all the moored sites and regularly
visit new locations not accessed by Reef Divers. DMs are in the water and
lead a guided tour for those interested but divers may dive own profiles
and extended bottom times were the norm. Being able to do several dives as
drifts was a huge plus. Owner/Captain Craig also did yeoman's duty one
evening assisting with a delicate electronics repair for a broken strobe.
Diving the Brac has never been this good. Even though the island is still
recovering, if you can get there, go now, while you can have the entire
place to yourself. The local residents are busy with rebuilding but remain
friendly and will welcome your presence and your business. 2 restaurants
are the best: the bar at Brac Reef (they have their reconstruction
priorities straight, although that may explain why it's taking so long with
the rest of the repairs)and Barry Morgan's Golden Jerk stand (near the
airport) which has amazing chicken and pork and should not be missed.
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