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

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by James A. Heimer, TX, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 4098
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii, Mexico (both coasts), California,
Texas, Norway, Bahamas, Caymans, Aruba, Bonaire, BVI, USVI.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth of 110 feet and max dive time specified but dive duration
only loosely enforced.  Buddy diving only.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera rinse tank on shore, boat had camera table but no rinse tank -
fresh water hose available.  Dive staff passed cameras to divers in the
water and picked them up at the end of each dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Cayman Brac Beach Resort

The trip to Cayman Brac is by either a twice daily 737 on Cayman Airways or
a 14-passenger twin engine turboprop on Cayman Express.  Baggage capacity
is limited on the turbo prop, so either book the 737 or plan on your dive
or photography gear (or your clothes) to arrive on a later flight.  Since
this happens frequently, the resort is equipped to collect it for you, when
it arrives.  Cayman Air has recently changed their baggage limitations 
everything is weighed and you will pay for excess bags or weight.

The Cayman Brac Beach Resort is nearly a twin of the Little Cayman Beach
Resort  both having Reef Divers as the dive operation running 46 boats to
the dive sites.  The difference between the two resorts comes down to the
diving, and Little Caymans Bloody Bay Wall wins in all respects, except
for the Tibbetts wreck on Cayman Brac.  Both resorts, weather permitting,
will make one trip to the other island for a two dive morning.

Accommodations at Cayman Brac are large rooms with double beds facing the
pool with a small patio or deck attached.  There is a table for setting up
cameras, but bring a power strip to augment the electrical outlets, if you
have a lot of batteries to charge.  Rooms are serviced daily, and we had no
problems with pests.  In fact, we did not notice any mosquitos, no-seeums,
or any other bugs the entire week.

The resort packages include either two or three meals per day.  We had the
two meal package and saved a little by buying lunch at the bar each day. 
The meals served in the restaurant are first rate, with at least three
entrées for dinner as well as plentiful salads and vegetables.  The
dessert table was an insult to dieters everywhere  cakes, pies,
cheesecakes, mousses, and ice cream.  You can also get an all you can
drink package, but those who had it were hard pressed to get their quota
of three in each day, but you could resort to stockpiling canned soft
drinks for the boat the next day.

When you arrive, you put your BC, regulator, and fins in a mesh bag
provided in your room.  They will be delivered to your assigned boat and
rigged up for you, when you report in the morning after checking in and
signing the usual waivers in the dive shop.  You carry your wet suit and
mask to the boat, then remove them and hang them in a dry room or rack next
to the dive shop between boat trips.  The boats go out at 8:30 am each
morning for a two-tanker, returning about noon for lunch, then go out again
between 2 and 3 pm for a one tank afternoon dive.  The first morning dive
is usually deep (limit 110 max) on the wall; the rest of the dives are
usually shallow at 60 feet or so.  Night dives are offered for $60 per
person on Tuesday and Thursday with a minimum of six divers required.  The
Tuesday dive was so uninspiring that no one volunteered for Thursday.

The dive staff is great (thanks Barbie and Ian!!!) and work hard to rig up
gear and handle the tanks.  Entry is from the rear of the boats, and the
dive staff brings your BC and tank to you, so that all you need to do is
stand up and step off.  One dive master is in the water with the group, but
you can dive your own plan with your buddy  no solo diving.

The dive sites varied in interest.  The reef on top of the wall was
generally more interesting than the wall itself.  During the week we saw
turtles on nearly every dive, morays, eagle rays (usually feeding in the
sandy shallows in the afternoon), stingrays, and the usual tropicals.  My
wife and I found a lot of small things to photograph or video  jaw fish
with eggs, blennies, red stripe, Pedersen, and snapping shrimp, lobster,
etc.  Other than the wreck of the Tibbets, which we dove once, the best
dives were those we did on Bloody Bay Wall at Little Cayman on our one day
field trip to that island.  The other best dives at Cayman Brac were the
Preachers Barge, Patch Reef, and Snapper Reef  even though the rumored
seahorse failed to materialize.

At present, Cayman Brac Beach Resort is the only resort on the island, so
if you want to dive the Brac, this is the place.  We could go back, given a
special deal, but would probably go back to Little Cayman first for the
better diving. 
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