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

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by S.E. Titus, VA, USA
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Report Number 5037
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All Caribbean; Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and depth were given for each dive.  Not a lot of flexibility on extra
time at dive ends.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
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

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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