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

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Glen Schostak, NJ, US (1 report)
Report Number 6504
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Honduras, Virgin Islands, Palau, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Saint
Martin, Puerto Rico, Kauai, Saint Lucia, Cancun, Grand Cayman, and other
locations in the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Reef Divers was fairly specific about the profile they wanted you to dive,
but I found that during the course of the week they were letting me dive as
I wanted due to experience level.  That being said, I was shooting video
and not going below 80ft.  
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
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  
The dive shop had large fresh water rinse tanks for cameras right outside
the shop.  The boats all had camera tables with two levels but no fresh
water rinse tanks. Camera's where handed to you after you entered the water
by dive master.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I was looking for a new location in the Caribbean to dive and had always
heard of the Bloody Bay Wall. Had been to Grand Cayman four times over the
last 20 years and it was getting a bit worn and tired so one more plane
ride to Little Cayman was probably a good investment in time.  I couldn't
have been more right.  First, the Little Cayman Beach Resort was much
better than I anticiapted.  Clean, nicely laid out, great service attitude
by all the staff, really nice rooms for a dive resort and the food was some
of the best I have had on any dive trip around the world!  The professional
dive staff was friendly, accomodating and personal.  

I signed up for three dives a day with Nitrox. Two morning dives and one
afternoon dive.  The boat(s) leave the dock at 8am from the South side
where the resort is (the dock,boats and dive shop are right at the
resort)to head to the North side where Bloody Bay & Jackson Reef marine
parks are located. You come back to the resort after the second dive for
lunch before going back out at 1:50pm. 

The first dive confirmed what I had hoped.....healthy reefs with lots of
marine life.  Each subsequent dive confirmed the quality of the reefs and
walls.  Even though the walls in some locations drop to 6000 ft. you really
don't need to go below 80ft as there is very little going on below that.
The range of diving was enough for any die hard to enjoy for a week.  Shear
walls, great reefs in 40 to 20 feet of water, little current, many tunnels
and swim throughs, lots of fish and turtles, very friendly groupers (some
would let you touch them....they were like puppy dogs following you around
and swimming close and brushing up against you). A couple of times we
didn't dive at some sites due to current, but it didn't look like more than
2 to 3 knots so for expereinced divers not an issue. The boat captain was
always looking for the least current to suit all levels of divers. The dive
plan was fairly rigid regarding depth and bottom time......but I found they
were pretty flexible for me.  First one in and last one out but always
within 60 minuites so no issues.

The dive staff on the boat brings your your equipment while you are seated
on the aft of the boat moored at the dive site. When you return, they take
your equipment off of you, put in in location where you started and change
the tank for you.  I wasn't used to this level of service and it took a few
days to get accustomed to it.

Every dive had something interesting and different. I saw the largest
turtle I have ever seen in the Caribbean (almost 5 ft in length) sitting on
a sandy bottom covered with sand.  As I approached very slowly (with my
video camera running) he slowly started accending with the sand drifting
off his shell in a trail of sand.  Great shot!

Some sites had nice schools of fish, always the friendly grouper and
although I didn't see them, half the dives had a shark or two in the area.

My buddy and I were a bit smitted on the first day of diving.  The entire
dive crew and captain were all very good looking women. What a nice surpise
;-)  Day two one of the women was replaced by a guy and by day three it was
just one woman with day four all guys. In reality it didn't matter as
everyone was friendly and helpful.  But a beautiful all girl crew is what
dreams are made of......

There are fresh water tanks for rinsing your wet suit, booties, etc right
outside of the drying room for your wet suits. No need to bring your wet
suit to your room.  Your BCD and regulator/computer stayed on board the
boat (no issues leaving equipment on board over night). Nitrox fills are
looged and labled the night before your dive, they bring the tanks to the
right boat and hook up your gear.  Everything was flawless.

The resort is well run, the bartenders are fun and personal.  They remember
who you are quickly and what you like to drink.  The dining room has a
screened in porch and inside seating in air conditioning.  All meals are
buffet style with lots of variety.  Breakfast includes an omlet station for
made to order omlets.  Lunch was a big spread and lots of deserts.  Dinner
was more so with even more desert.  The wine list had a good range of wine
and prices where reasonable.  I gained weight on this trip and usualyy I
loose a couple of pounds.  Spoke with the Chef a few times and talked about
his food delivery (Wednesdays by barge and one weekly air shipment of
vegetables). All the food was very good with great homemade soups for
dinner and lots of variety of meats, poultry and fish.  The sauces where
particularly good. 

Over all, this was one of the best dive resorts I have been to and to top
it off the value is extremely good. 

The rooms are evrything from beach front to pool side and bar side in a two
story configuration.  I had a room on the second floor (the dive staff will
pick up your equipment daily from the front of your room)over looking the
bar.  I'm not a late night person so I was a bit worried about the noise,
but the bar settled down every night by 10pm so no worries. 

There is a nice pool, hot tub, deck with lounge chairs and a sandy beach
with palm trees. No real swimming off the beach as it is rocky and has sea

My only request would have been for the resort to offer two afternoon boat
dives instead of one.....but I survived on three dives a day.  There are
night dives two days a week after dinner based on interest by the divers.

There is not much to do on this island. It was fine with me as I was
editing videos at night......but for those that want a diversity of
restaurants and bars this is not the place to go. 

I plan on returning as it was a great experience from a resort and dive
trip standpoint.
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