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Dive Review of Paradise Divers/Paradise Villas in
Cayman Islands/Little CAYMAN

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Zagachin, MA, USA
Report Number 405
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Thailand, Bali, Bonaire, Grand Turk
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet, Cayman standard Limits and 60 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
After 10 years of diving around the world the last 4 years of diving my
wife and I spent in this divers paradise with Paradise Divers. I am still
wondering why anyone would go anywhere else.  In MY OPINION the word
"perfect" applies to everything for this destination in general
and this dive operation in particular.

Accomodations: super comfortable, super clean, super quiet, the best view.
Hammocks and a book are an afternoon attraction. Two free bikes per unit
are your mode of transportation.
Operation: One of the best, if not absolutely the best, I have ever
experienced. Very unimposing, helpfull and a joy to be around Vincent, Rod,
Marc and, missed very much this year, Ann made us feel at home on the boat
and underwater year after year. They will watch you carefully on the first
couple of dives, and then you are left to your own devices, if they are
convinced you know what you are doing.  Usually we prefer to dive with them
since they have incredible eye for things we would never find.  When their
new (the fastest on the island)boat is "crowded" with 8-10 divers
(in four years we've never had more) we would go by ourselves, just letting
the divemaster know. Briefings are so good, there is no need to dive, they
told you everything already.  My best dive: last year when I was the only
customer one day and they took the boat out anyway.  Two best divemasters
and one client. Well it wasn't client but friends diving together.  First
dive with Ann, second with Vinny-it just does not get any better.

Diving: There isn't much to add to what has been said already about Little
Cayman diving.  It is increadible. This year we observed tubular sponge
spawning, incredible site. Green morays, turtles, big, really big lobsters,
huge crabs are regulars on every dive. Coral and tropical fish are in such
abandance, that you start taking it for granted. Last year grey shark was
almost on every dive, but only twice this year and both times on safety
stop in 15 feet of water.

Food: Dinners are very good either at the on-site restaurant or at adjacent
resorts within a short walk or bike ride.  Ever helpful Sabine will make
reservation for you. Dinner usually cost about $30-40 US per person, plus
drinks. We usually made our own breakfast and lunch. When lazy, go for a
good lunch at the restaurant.
Negatives: None for both of us, except 60 min dive time limit for me
personnaly. Not that I need much more, but I just do not like
Looking for night life or shopping - go elsewhere, this place is about
peace and quiet.  In four years we have never heard anyone complaining
about anything.

Cost: Cayman Islands aren't cheap in general, especially food.  Six pack of
beer on Little Cayman is $17.50 US in one and only store. 
On the other hand the cost of Paradise Villas' superb efficiency
accomodations is about the same or less than a bare motel room on Cape
Code. Repeat customers get discount at Paradise. They do not
nickel-and-dime you to death, like other places. We were willing to  go
diving this year to some other place and researched Undercurrent
extensively.  The result - Little Cayman Paradise Divers for the fourth
time.  Small wonder about 40% of their clients are repeats.
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