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

Little Cyman Beach Resort, Dec, 2008,

by Fred Turoff, PA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 5012.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limit
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 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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