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

Reef Divers II/Brac Reef Beach Resort, Jun, 2007,

by Charles Levine, PA, USA . Report 3397.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110/45 first dive, 60/50 next two dives/day
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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