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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Stayed at private residence in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

Reef Divers/Stayed at private residence, Apr, 2007,

by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 3288.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Florida Keys, Nassau, Walker's Cay, San Salvadore, Exuma Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, French Polynesia, Grenada, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Niagara River.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet for 50 minutes on first morning dive. 60 feet for 55 to 60 minutes on second dive. Everybody had computers.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Reef Divers has large two shelf camera tables on Newton 46 dive boats. Fresh water hose is used for rinsing cameras when you get out of the water and large fresh water rinse tank is provided on dock. Photography shop on premise which rents cameras and will shoot personal pictures or video.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Coral was in good health, but there were visible signs of hurricane damage( sand blown on coral, etc.). Newton dive boats were in excellent condition and crew( Barbie and Chris) were experienced, helpful and very enthusiastic. For an inexperienced diver( guide in water on every dive and "valet service") as well as the diver with 400 dives( excellent three dimensional maps of dive sites with accurate dive briefings and being allowed to do your own thing); Reef Divers does a good job of pleasing everybody. Divers were allowed input on choice of dive sites and it appeared weather( wind and/or choppy water) was the only thing that prevented divers from getting their choice of dive site. Crew was very safety conscious and took roll call seriously before departure and after each dive. Boat had all safety equipment and even a new emergency underwater recall device which I had never seen before on a dayboat. Beautiful walls, good visibility, and a wide, plentiful variety of fish( including nurse sharks, many turtles, spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays, tarpon, eels) and coral made diving Cayman Brac very enjoyable. For those looking for topside activities the Brac provides hiking trails, rock climbing( bring your own equipment) and is a major bird sanctuary. Also it would seem that bicycle enthusiasts would enjoy pedaling around the island. However, be aware that nightlife and evening entertainment is sorely lacking. This is not Grand Cayman so bring a good book if you plan to stay up after 10:00 PM.
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