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

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Fred Turoff, PA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5012
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
BVI, USVI, Saba, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Costa
Rica, Coco Island, Revillagigedos, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap, Red Sea,
Sipadan, PNG, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Since I was diving with family and have taken many UW photos in this area
previously, I didn't concentrate on the facilities or bring my regular
photo gear, so I wasn't keenly observing the ease with which photos were
taken or presented.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I had previously visited Little Cayman twice, once during late spring and
once during mid-summer. Visiting in December made me realize that in winter
the sun doesnt strike the north wall directly as it does in spring and
summer, so the colors of that marvelous area dont come out as well then.
However, there was plenty to see and lots of healthy coral growth. Winter
weather can be rough in that the seas arent as calm as the summer. We had
two days of high waves on the north side, with the resort on the south
side, so diving was not as easy as it might be. One day we had to abort our
trip to the north side due to wave action, so we dove the south wall, which
still gave us nice views that would have been sunlit had the clouds not
blocked the sun. After those two days, we regularly made our trips to the
north-side sites as the waves subsided.

Large groupers, both Nassau and Black, inhabit some of those north dive
sites. These fish are friendly and hang around divers easily. I saw a green
moray hunting with a black grouper shadowing it.  We saw several turtles
during the week, one nurse shark, numerous rays, shrimp in anemones and the
largest spiny lobster Ive seen in 23 years of diving. Vis was generally 60
feet or more, with water temp around 79 F.

The resort is nicely laid out, with 2-story units of rooms on either side
of the bar and pool area behind the front building. The restaurant is in
the front building, and was perhaps 50 feet from our room. Meals were
served family style, with a nice variety of dishes for each meal. Tables
were available for indoor or outdoor (screened-in porch) eating. We chose
outdoor usually to enjoy the nice temperature. The well-equipped dive shop
was within 75 of our room, heading the opposite way from the front
building. Beyond that was the dive dock, with nice sized dive boats that
usually had 6-8 divers each. Each boat had a covered area to avoid the sun.
The longest boat trip to a dive site was maybe 15 minutes. Dive masters
were friendly and helpful. My son got certified there by Dottie, a
personable and lively instructor.

For other recreation, you can use one of the resorts bicycles to take a
ride on the island. Since Little Cayman is only 10 miles long and one mile
wide, you can see the whole island in a few rides. Iguanas roam freely and
have the right-of-way. There is a lagoon where one can go bird watching at
the Booby Pond Reserve, explore mangrove forests or enjoy the views of the
sea. LC is only 40 feet high at its highest, so there are no hills to
climb. The pool area has plenty of chairs and lounges for reading or just
hanging out. You can also hang in a hammock by the beach.

With an all-inclusive package, there is no need to find restaurants for
meals or to worry about space on a dive boat. Drinks or food at the bar is
extra, but having a non-alcohol family made this almost a non-issue for me.
Getting there involves flying to Grand Cayman, then a short hop on Cayman
Airways to LC.
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