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

Reef Divers/Brac Reef Beach Resort, Jan, 2007,

by Gary Malinowski, WI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3176.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving All 3 Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, USVI, BVI, Florida keys.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Restrictions not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Brac Beach Reef Resort is a great value, but flights getting to Cayman Brac from Grand Cayman can be limited. Most flights are small commuter planes, so make sure your checked luggage is not overweight.

The rooms at the resort are basic, but clean and roomy. The grounds are very nice, with a pool, hot-tub, tennis courts, large beach area with many hammocks, and a large dock. It's very easy to find a quiet spot on the beach to be alone. The food at the resort is excellent. Even though it's buffett style, the food was fresh, hot and different selections each day.

The dive operation was fantastic. Valet style diving, with the divemasters catering to you. They setup your gear on day one and you don't have to touch it again until the last day. You leave your BC and reg on the boat and the divemasters rinse it each day. The divemasters were very friendly, outgoing, and helpful. Great dive site descriptions. They are the last ones into the the water and the first ones out, so they can help the divers in and out. You can dive your own profile, or have the divemasters guide you. However, they are only in the water for about 25 mins. When they head to the boat, you and your buddy can continue diving.

The diving was very nice, but the fish life seems to be down a bit. The coral looked heathly, but you can see some damage from Hurricane Ivan. On our last day we saw a large Hammerhead shark, which is rare in the Caymans. Lobsters were abundant and we saw several turtles and moral eels. The water temp was warm for January, around 80 - 81. The weather was very nice, mostly sunny days with only a little rain in the morning of one or two days. Highs in the mid 80's and low in the mid 70's. Most dive sites are close to the resort, only about a 10-15 minute boat ride.

Overall I think the Brac Beach Reef Resort is a great value. Staying on Grand Cayman can be more expensive and I think diving is better on the sister islands. The staff of both the resort and the dive operation were fantastic. For an all-inlusive, I was very impressed with the food. I would definetly go back, hopefully soon!

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