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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Don, Florida, 32003 (1 report)
Report Number 5294
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Florida Keys, Bonaire, Hawaii, Maui 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usual limits were 110 feet for 50 minutes for the first dive and 60 feet
for 60 minutes for the second dive.  Surface interval 45 minutes or more.  
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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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  
Camera table available on the 42 foot Newton dive boat.  Dive crew rinsed
camera after dives and placed on the table.  There was a separate dunk tank
for cameras once ashore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
This was our 11th trip to the Caymans and 6th trip to Little Cayman Beach
Resort.  The resort had undergone renovations in late 2008.  We chose an
upgraded water view room, which turned out to be on the second floor (Room
215) of the rooms that generally surround the pool and bar.  We had our own
balcony and chaise lounge chairs.  The clothes line area behind this
building also received a significant upgrade with more room and wooden
deck.  The room had king size bed, flat screen TV, new air conditioner,
small refrigerator, and coffee pot for amenities.  The bathroom received
new tub, toilet, and tile.  All in all, a nice change from former Motel 6
grade rooms.  What hasn't changed is the amount of noise from the bar
and/or pool and/or next door neighbor that seeps through your walls.  With
A/C running neighbor cranked up the TV sound so loudly, I thought they were
in our room.  We had one power outage in our 6 day stay for 1.5 hours
around dinner time.
Quality of buffet served food is very good, particularly any fish dishes
and the desserts.  Spa services were unavailable as that employee left
suddenly and no ready replacement was available.

Diving ops still good - you can take the guided tour or go on your own and
I'm fine with their limits.  We averaged 16 divers on each boat trip,
departing around 8:15 each morning and 20 - 30 minutes to dive site and
water entry.  Seemed like lots of new faces with the dive staff, but Ron
and Dottie still anchor the group.  Water temps in the low 80's made diving
comfortable in dive vest and hood for me and 3 mil shortie for my dive
buddy.  Different dive sites still provide a nice range of critters -
permit, barracuda, tarpon, nurse shark, parrotfish, angel fish, queen
triggerfish, southern and yellow rays, scrawled filefish and many others. 
The groupers seem to have made a nice recovery and were abundant - Leroy, a
very friendly grouper meets divers at the Marilyn's Cut site.  Several
lionfish were spotted and a few captured - looks like they have made a
foothold around Little Cayman.  Corals in good shape, although some sites
show more wear and tear than in past year's.  Most days were smooth trips,
but one very choppy ride and one day required use of a tag line to recover
divers - this also precipitated a "rescue" of one diver from
Southern Cross Divers who was separated from his buddy and dive group.  No
night dives available as the lighted markers for the cut are not working,
and have been that way for more than a month - apparently not a priority
for the Cayman government to repair.

Travel to and from Little Cayman is still via the twin Otter aircraft flown
by Cayman Airways - and the schedule remains much an "island
time" event.  Our 4:45 departure time on the way to LCBR wound up an
hour late.  The pilot barely got back off the ground in Little Cayman
before sunset - no lights on the runway make night flights a no-no.  Return
trip to Grand Cayman also island time late - plan your flights out of Grand
Cayman with care and lots of cushion.

The concierge style diving is still a big draw for this operation and I
would recommend a visit to Little Cayman Beach Resort.  

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