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Dive Review of Little Cayman Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Little Cayman Beach Resort, Oct, 2008,

by S.E. Titus, VA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 5037.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All Caribbean; Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time and depth were given for each dive. Not a lot of flexibility on extra time at dive ends.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments There were some strong positive and negatives for us with this trip.

The positives: We were diving at Little Cayman! Always a wonderful place to dive. We managed to place our trip between Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Paloma - so we had some clouds and rain but no show-stoppers for weather. The reefs were a little impacted with silt and breakage from Gustav, but the fish were still around. We did see several reef sharks, a turtle on almost every dive, and the largest eagle ray we've ever encountered in years of diving. On the other end of the spectrum, we saw lots of wonderful tiny critters in the nudibranch and pipefish groups.

The food at Little Cayman Beach Resort was a great surprise in quality, variety and flavor. Much, much better than we expected from other reviews. The open bar was always lively with both guests and staff of the reosrt. Our condo at the Conch Club (two story, two bedroom) was very clean, comfortable, quiet and well-outfitted with a great balcony and deck. Although it required a short bike ride to go eat and dive, it was well worth the little trip.

The dive staff at LCBR were pleasant and social - however the 'joy' of diving seemed to be lacking with a few exceptions. Briefings were well-done; time and depth limits were enforced. Not being able to extend time at the end of the dives if you had air and an open profile, except for rare occasions, was a bit disappointing. The boats were well maintained - although we were 'full' there was enough space to manage gear and move around.

The negatives: The trip was booked through a reservation center that serves both Little Cayman Beach Resort and Conch Club Condominiums. Since the Conch Club website states that Conch Club Divers is associated with the condos where we requested to stay, it appeared we would dive with this smaller operation. This was also our intent, from reading dive reviews. Upon check-in we were given instructions on when to be at the dock for diving with Little Cayman Beach Resort. We said were diving with Conch Club - but this was not the case. Unless you know to specifically ask to be assigned to CC Divers when you book a CC condo through the center, you are assigned by default to LCBR for diving. When we asked to change over to Conch Club, we were told that the dives could not be transfered once they were booked. (Conch Club requires a minimum of 4 divers, as an FYI). So - after the initial confusion, we accepted that we had to take a little pedal each morning to the LCBR dock and dive with a few larger groups.

The second disappointment was learning that the other divers on our boat had a package with free Nitrox. We asked the dive staff about including Nitrox for us and were told that it was 'a limited time offer for trips booked before August' - yet it was still listed on the LCBR website as a current special during our stay and afterwards. Another diver told us they had booked late in September and still received the special. The staff declined to give us Nitrox without an added fee per tank - and we were told that the special was not included when we booked because 'we didn't ask for it' (since we thought we were diving with a different operator). So - if you don't specifically ask for an openly advertised special it will not be automatically included in your package, nor added even on-site if it is still viable.

All in all, it was a pleasant trip; but I would choose Conch Club or Pirates Point for any return visits. The service and ambience at these two operations are in another realm of hospitality and customer service.

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