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

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin Robertson, TN, USA
Report Number 1251
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Restrictions are loose. 110 feet max depth. 45 minutes return to boat. They
let you continue diving the reefs near the boat. On deck with 500psi or
more. Most of my dives were 60-65 minutes.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
  There are six villas with two units per villa. The units are clean with
very basic furnishings and decor. Don't expect to do a lot of cooking in
the kitchenettes. Small refrigerator (5-7 cu ft). Small microwave oven and
two slice toaster. Breakfast cereal and sandwiches best describe the
cooking facilities. Very very firm king size bed. Limited storage for
clothes. All units share a spacious porch with the neighboring unit. Great
ocean views that are absolutely beautiful.There are hammocks in front of
each villa. They are strung in the trees by the beach for peaceful naps and
book reading.The beach shallows are mostly sea grass and not conducive for
snorkeling.The beach is mostly large rocks and boulders.A good place to
snorkel is Preston Bay were we lucked out in seeing a Manta! We visited the
other resorts on the island and decided Paradise Villas appeals to us
best.This is a very quiet island that offers little if any night life. 
  There is only ONE small, well stocked, mini market type grocery and
liquor store on the island. Occasionally they run out of items and you
might have to wait a couple days for the shipment from Grand Cayman. We had
to wait a couple days for milk. They are a five min walk from the Villas.
  The Hungry Iguana restaurant and bar is located at Paradise Villas.  They
are not open for breakfast. We ate there six nights and the meals were
delicious. Typical Cayman prices, hamburgers $9.00 and dinner entrees are
$16-$25. Nice cozy island atmosphere.
 I did two tank dives for five days with these folks. Paradise Divers does
not have a dive shop to speak of.Buy whatever you might need before your
trip. The dive boat is a 35ft roomy and very clean boat. Its has twin 225HP
outboards. The deck is fully covered by a canvas roof. There is a camera
rinse tank.They rinse your gear and store it overnight. Each diver is
furnished with a large plastic storage bin with lid for dry storage of
personal items. Dive locations are Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Bay. Diving
here reminded me of why I learned to dive. Favorite dive site was
"Meadows", Jackson Bay. Part of the dive is a long swim through
at 80ft. As you begin to end this long swim through you start to see in the
distance a most beautiful surreal blue shade of water. When exiting the
swim through at 103ft the beauty is indescribable. You swim into a huge
canyon with walls all around you. I saw a large yellow sponge spawning. It
looked like a yellow smoke stack with yellow smoke coming out of it. There
were majestic sea fans, soft and hard coral everywhere.I saw giant crabs
tucked into deep holes in the walls. Lots of horse-eye jacks and grouper.
Color everywhere. Ask dive masters about Jerry the Grouper at "Donnas
Delight", Bloody Bay. This huge grouper plays tag with squirrelfish
and divers! A diver points to a squirrelfish and Jerry chases it into
hiding in the reef. He does this over and over. Jerry is very friendly and
he will even let divers pet him. When we were being told this in our
pre-dive briefing, I thought they were pulling  something. It's true and
you have to see it for yourself.  Other dive sites offer fantastic healthy
reefs with soft and hard corals, large sea fans and schools of beautiful
small fish. I saw a large loggerhead turtle resting on a ledge of a wall.We
saw one reef shark, sea lettuce slugs, lots of cleaner shrimp, spotted and
green morays, queen triggers, queen angels, yellow stingrays, trunkfish and
up close to schools of squid showing off there translucent color. The dive
masters, Vince and Rod are very professional and extremely knowledgeable.
They made the diving an adventure. Rod is great at finding interesting
little critters.  I learned a lot about reef life from these two guys.  
  The diving at Little Cayman is hard to beat. I liked diving here better
than Bonaire. I highly recommend Paradise Divers and Paradise Villas.  
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