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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Walton's Mango manor in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bill and Donna Goodwin, AL, USA
Report Number 2800
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Stuart Cove's Bahamas, Roatan, St Lucia, Bequia, St
Vincent, California Channel Islands, Socorro Is, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz,
Costa Rica, Galapagos, Maui, Gulf of Aquaba, Saudi Arabian Red Sea Coast
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
none - we only shore dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 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  
Pretty much on your own to set things up in the generous space of this
classic bed and breakfast. We took over the top of a dresser and made the
kitchen ours for maintenance, charging, downloading, etc our digital movie
and still cameras. Reef Divers has excellent photo services, and when my
computer system let me down Ed Beaty downloaded our chips and burned them
to DVDs for us.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was our third trip to Walton's Mango Manor, and the quietness,
convenience (short walk through their sumptuous tropical gardens to the
iron shore where there is a perfect cut leading to a fine spur and groove
reef that's not even in the books - the resident Goliath Grouper would
greet us like a dog after the first few dives there. The rental car (a
clean station wagon) would take us over the empty road to the Brac Reef
Resort where we had arrangements to pick up and drop off tanks for our
three-four dives a day shore-diving habit.

Breakfast is great, generous and when you want it, and the kitchen is yours
the rest of the time. Nearby stores are well stocked and we could have
cooked for ourselves if we desired, but we usually ate dinner at Brac Reef
or Aunt Sha's (reef sharks swimming in two feet of water, fins and backs
exposed in the lights from the restaurant, while we ate).

The shore diving is excellent - we swam out to the warship (Capt Tibbetts)
several times, dove Atlantis (we were skeptical but it's really quite cool,
and big rays like it), Greenhouse Reef (great structure), Groupertown
(fabulous tame groupers, 4 species of them, location a semi-secret),
several sites on the south side (only when it's calm - that's the windward
side most of the time), Police Cut, and several other sites on the leeward
side (although the wind can reverse and mess up that side too).

Spoiled Bonaire-style shore divers that we are, we have kind of carved out
a shore-diving world on Cayman Brac and been rewarded with fabulous,
uncrowded (just us most of the time), fish-thick diving, tranquil days and
nights, unlocked doors, wonderful people (the Brac folks are the cultural
and historical heart of the Caymans).

Lynne and George Walton, your hosts, are great people - he's a retired USAF
officer (and a Brac native) and she's a retired nurse from NYC. Their son
Robert is a DM at Reef Divers and, perhaps for that reason, divers at Mango
Manor get a 10% discount there.

Three Ds has rented us the car each time - they meet us at the tiny
airport, and ask us to just leave the keys under the mat when we fly out.
And one time we were buying some wine at a little store and were 5 dollars
short - the owner said take the wine, bring the money later - and when we
returned they were closed so we left the money stuck in the door. Went back
later to be sure she got it - she had. That's the kind of place it is.

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