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

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Johnson, CA, USA
Report Number 3318
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
lots of cool places
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
I've been to the Cayman Islands half a dozen times or so but never stayed
on Cayman Brac so decided to give it a try this year.  I was not
disappointed.  Brac Reef Beach resort is a very attractive, all-inclusive
dive destination.  Rooms are comfortable and quiet except on Wednesday
nights for the weekly karaoke (apparently everyone on the island, except
me, attends).  It was the only night we had to put on the air conditioner. 
At about 40 or so rooms, nothing was ever crowded. The resort staff was
always helpful and  the rooms were  kept clean,  but the best part of this
place was the fabulous food.  All meals are serve-yourself, buffet style
but the quality of each meal was better than in many sitdown restaurants.
Breakfasts were particularly outstanding. The bar was fun and well-stocked
but understanding what was and was not covered on the "three drinks a
day" plan was a bit confusing early on. Most nights there is some
outside after-supper activity including the aforementioned karaoke and
movie night but the best of these, to my mind, were the photo presentations
of the local photo pros.  The resort has an attached spa and I indulged in
several massages, just the thing after a day of diving and before the bar
and dinner activities. 

The diving was solid Caribbean style fare.  Lots of turtles, occasional
nurse sharks, plenty of barracuda, spotted eagle rays, stingrays and
tarpon. The walls and corals remain fairly healthy and with a few
exceptions ( e.g.Staghorn Forest) did not appear to have been substantially
damaged by recent hurricane activity. As far as the tropicals were
concerned, all the usual suspects were in attendance, jawfish, tilefish,
angels, filefish, squirrel fish, parrotfish, spotted drums, chromis,
anthias, etc. The first week I was there, the seas were considerably
rougher at 5 to 8 feet than I'd ever before experienced in the Caribbean.
Lots of mal de mer. The 46 foot Newton dive boats were seaworthy,
comfortable and since they were rarely full, spacious almost all the time.
Reef divers ran a good operation in spite of the less than ideal
conditions.  The best dives of the week were the ones we did after the
short trip across to Little Cayman. (But then its always hard to beat Blood
Bay Wall.) Visibility was good despite the sea conditions and on some of
the walls was in excess of 100 feet.  Donnie and Chris ran a great show. 
Diver safety was their first priority but enjoyment was a close second.  We
dove our computers, and although depths and times were recommended,
computers were not checked by the dive staff.  Good check in and check out
procedures were observed on all dives. The night dive was a disappoinment
and cost an additional $60.  Nitrox easily available at $12 per tank. 
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