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Dive Review of Reef Divers II/Brac Reef Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Levine, PA, USA
Report Number 3397
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
St Vincent, Saba, Bonaire, Tortola, Bahamas, FL Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110/45 first dive, 60/50 next two dives/day  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
My fifth trip back to Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, and it's
like coming home to family! Our family group of 6 were warmly greeted at
the resort, accomodations were clean (and appeared to be freshly painted),
staff was their usual friendly self.  Being greeted by name is always a
positive in my book! Three non-divers in our group had the pool, beach and
docks/hammocks at their disposal as well as bikes to roam the island. The
three divers had superb diving with BJ (born & raised on the Brac) and
Donnie (Scottish), both of whom gave complete and amusing dive briefings.
Reef Divers II valet diving is marvelous. After initial equipment setup the
DMs make certain that a full tank of air is on your back at each dive site.
Entries and exits are easy off the dive platform of the Newton 42 or 46
boats. Optional guided underwater tours with a DM in the water, or dive
your own dive.

Corals and sponges looked very healthy and abundant this year. Very little
bleaching was noticable, and the small critters in the sands were
bountiful. Saw quite a few southern and spotted eagle rays and turtles,
though no sharks at all this year.  Schooling fish were noticably more
prominent but blennies and similar were in shorter supply. Viz was easily
100+ feet at most site, somewhat less on Little Cayman.  Three boats went
out 4 of the 5 days that we were on the Brac and yet we didn't feel crowded
nor rushed.

Food, as always, was good albeit still too spicy at lunch for those of us
contemplating afternoon dives. There was a "GI Bug" affecting
half of the resort during the time we were there, hospitalizing some of the
staff but none of the guests.

Ed Beatty's dive shots and video were masterful as ever. Why bother taking
my own camera when Ed will do the work and get better shots anyway???

Cayman Airways Express was timely and all of our bags made it to and from
the Brac.  Other than the more frequent international delays with USAirways
(and more missed connections because of that), this was a wonderful week,
and we'll be going back in September.
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