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

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Reeder, MO, USA
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Report Number 4188
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat, Palau, Zamami Japan, Bonaire, Cozumel, Curacao, Roatan, Turks
& Caicos, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Belize, Akumal
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very good about letting us dive our own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
My dive bag did not arrive with me that afternoon, but came by 8 pm.   The
reception desk staff found me in the dining room to let me know; our
wonderful waiter Omar heard the good news too, and passed it  along to me. 

Cayman Brac diving was not as good as Cozumel or  Bonaire, but  very good. 
Fish were plentiful and the coral was healthy and colorful.  No sharks;
lots of big barracuda.   It was very windy while we were there and the last
day the seas were high which made getting back onto the boat a real
challenge.   Conditions were too rough to go to the famous Bloody Bay Wall
off Little Cayman, a 2 hour boat ride.  

Most of the diving was between long 'fingers' formed by towering coral
reefs, ranging in height from 8 to 25 feet.  Some of these chutes were as
wide as 10-15', others got so narrow it made swimming through on the bottom
a bit tricky.  I love swim thru's, but found only two, entering at 75 ft,
exiting on the wall at 111.  We had to dive north island because of the
rougher seas instead of south island where there are caves.  

Amazingly, there was no remotely decent snorkeling on Brac.  Sea grass off
the beach prevented most from even trying.  Kayaking was available for
free, but so shallow and rocky unless you went through the 6' breakers, or
were in the boat lane, not worth it.   Bikes were old and rusty, but did
the trick for close-by trips to the market or liquor store.

The resort was utilitarian, clean, neat, with lots of hot water --  perfect
for dedicated divers.  Hammocks  (huge-for-two)  were strewn about the
white powdery sand -- one had to choose carefully as to not get under a
loaded coconut palm.  I made good use of them as well as the porch swings
in the dock area.

Food was outstanding, a divers dream.   Salads and veggie dishes were
prepared with a light hand, very refreshing.  Fresh fruit was abundant --
papayas, pineapple, orange and grapefruit slices, strawberries, grapes and
cherries.    Flavors were spicy, but not over the top:  perfect for my
taste!  There were three main dishes, one always shrimp creatively
prepared.   Their jerk chicken was delicious.  In addition at dinner, there
was also one main 'meat' such as Prime Rib with chef ready to slice-to-fit
your taste. (also a magnificent glazed ham and a tender pork roast)  The
pastry chef was amazing; at dinner there were 3 or 4 cakes (chocolate,
spice, carrot, etc) or pie (apple, chocolate, cherry, etc), homemade ice
cream (chocolate or strawberry) with toppings.    At lunch he had several
kinds of cookies and brownies.  The chocolate cream pie he made was truly
one of the most delicious I have ever had.

Breakfast offered the usual choices of sausage, bacon, cheesy scrambled
eggs, often pancakes & french toast, and a ton of fresh fruit.  And the
cook was there to individually prepare omelets of our choice.

All food was buffet.  Wait staff remembered your beverage order and were

Alcoholic beverages were expensive:  $4 for a beer and wine for $5.  Gin on
ice was $7.
Rented a car one afternoon   very reasonably priced) and went to the
cliffs, which were spectacular, but I think one had to be a true climber to
appreciate them.   The limestone/coral was the sharpest 'rock' I have ever
encountered; a fall would have resulted in major damage.   

Brac Reef Resort and on-site dive shop Reef Divers run an excellent
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