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

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by James Sackett, VT, US
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Report Number 6539
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Utila, Saba, Little Cayman, Bermuda
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table on boat, rinse tank on the dock
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was our third trip to the Brac and our second time staying at Brac
Reef Resort.  We were there in 2011 and loved it, so we decided to make a
return trip this year.  

The facilities, food, service and attitude at Brac Reef are exemplary.   As
others have noted, the resort was severely damaged by Hurricane Paloma, a
category 5 storm, in November of 2008, but it was completely rebuilt, so it
looks and feels like a brand new facility.  Many of the staff members are
survivors of the storm and were actively involved in the rebuilding effort.
  You get the sense that Paloma was a life changing experience for many of
them and that it may have given them a greater appreciation for their jobs,
their co-workers, the resort and their customers.  Every staff member,
without exception, displayed a cheerful, positive attitude throughout our
stay.  I travel extensively, both for business and pleasure, and the staff
at Brac Reef is second to none.   The food is excellent, with many choices
at each meal.

Reef Divers, the house dive operator, is first rate .  When you arrive,
you're assigned to one of their three 46 foot dive boats, each of which is
staffed by two dive masters. The boats are comfortable and well equipped,
with a head, dry storage area and camera table.  There is plenty of shade
for those who prefer to avoid excessive sun exposure.  There were typically
about 12 divers on the boat, though there is room for more.  On our boat,
everyone seemed to be at roughly the same level of experience - around 100
dives - so everything ran quite smoothly.  When you're ready to dive, you
sit at the stern and your gear is brought to you and when you return, your
gear is removed, so there are no divers walking around on the deck with
tanks on their backs. Entry is by giant stride at the stern with two
ladders to board the boat at the end of your dive.   The seas were choppy
on  most of the days that we dove, so a tag line and single ladder was used
for boarding in those conditions.  Our dive masters, Barbie and Menne, have
been with Reef Divers for many years and know the dive sites very well. 
They gave very thorough briefings before each dive (along with a steady
diet of great jokes and other banter).  One of them would then lead a
"guided tour" of the site, but we always had the option to
explore on our own if we preferred.

The prevailing winds on Cayman Brac are out of the south, so most of the
diving is done at the sites on the north side of the island.  During our
stay, however, the winds were out of the north and east, so we did most of
our dives on the south side.  This turned out to be a fantastic opportunity
to see sharks, since the south side has a very healthy population of
Caribbean Reef Sharks as well as a few Black Tips and Hammerheads.  We saw
sharks on every dive on the south side, including a few very close
encounters.  On one dive, Menne speared a lionfish (the lionfish population
seems to be under control) and fed it to a grouper.  Within two or three
minutes, a group of 5 or 6 rather large reef sharks arrived, clearly turned
on by the scent trail of the lionfish.  They swam with us, through us, and
around us for five minutes or so, until they seemingly figured out that the
lionfish wasn't available.  It was, to say the least, an adrenaline pumping

The reefs around Cayman Brac are in excellent shape and support a wide
variety of large and small fish.   As I mentioned, there are lionfish, but
there seem to be fewer than there were last year and they don't seem to
have impacted the fish populations to any significant degree.   The diving
is generally pretty easy, since there are few currents to deal with and the
boat rides to the dive sites are short.  It was pretty choppy on a few of
the days, so entry and exit was a little challenging, but manageable.  

Our experiences with Brac Reef and Reef Divers were excellent and we plan
to return there soon.   

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