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Dive Review of Reef DIvers/Brac Reef Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones MD, South Carolina, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Bahamas, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Cozumel,Roatan, St. Kitts, St.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet; CIWOA guidelines  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Overall, very good.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center of Columbia, S.C., brought 17 divers for
a week (July 22-29, 2006). Brac Reef is the "sister" resort of
Little Cayman Beach Resort on Little Cayman. The resort is nice, with a
pool and the food was excellent, even on a buffett line. Service at the
resort is good and overall Brac Reef is fine. The dive operation, Reef
Divers, is excellent. Our boat was a Newton 42 and was well equipped and
the staff was superb. Our divemasters for the week, Donnie and Vickie, were
about as good as any pair we have had during the past 15 years. The
"valet" diving is hard to beat and they took extra time with new
divers and everyone. Sharks were scarce, only seeing about 2 nurse sharks
for the week. Small critters and the fishlife was superb and, by and large,
the reefs and walls were in good shape. I have no real complaints at all
about the service of the resort or the dive operation. Reef Divers is hard
to beat. The Russian frigate, #356, renamed the "Tibbetts" is
still a fun dive, even though it's been torn up pretty good by hurricanes.
   Cayman Airways is still less than optimal. Getting luggage to the Brac
from Grand Cayman is an adventure. Most of our luggage arrived the night we
got to the Brac, but it's a hassle. Going back, Cayman Airways jerked
around our dive leader and really didn't seem to care about whether our
luggage got back to Grand Cayman or not. Our dive shop leader had to leave
on the 6:30 AM flight with about 12-13 dive bags so all of our luggage
would be at the USAirways counter so we could make the Charlotte flight.
The rest of the group came over on a later flight. We all made it, but only
by our leader,having to fight with Cayman Airways. The terminal in Grand
Cayman is needing a renovation to enlarge since the number of flights and
passengers is increasingly hard to accomodate.

   I hope that inter-island flights by Cayman Airways will improve,
otherwise it will hurt all of the resorts on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
since divers will be eventually fed up with inefficiency, especially if we
were to miss dives because of this.
   We look forward to returning again. It's worth the hassle.
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