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

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by William and Frances Ungerman, California, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 712
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean and Pacific locations
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 170    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet, fifty minutes, less if not diving computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No rinse buckets for camera gear on board the boats, althoug spce provided
for equipment on table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The resort is well-sited amongst a palm tree shrouded beach.  It's an easy
walk to any of the resort facilities.  Request a room with a patio or
balcony for drying your suits or whatever.  The dive personnel pick up your
equipment the first day and you never have to worry about it again.  They
rinse (perfunctorily for some people's taste) your equipment and change
tanks between dives for you.  The divemasters are attentive but not
overbearing.  Craig was a standout, contrary to the opinion of a Chapbook
past-issue contributor.  The diving was surprising mediocre with the
exception of the Russian Frigate which is now broken in two.  None the
less, it's an impressive dive.  Visibility on this dive was so good,from
above you could see both ends of the 333 foot long ship.  The two dives at
Little Cayman were also very good, reminiscent of Cozumel's Palancar and
Colombia walls.  Overall, the diving was somewhat midrange on a Caribbean
scale, surprising inasmuch as we expected better from Cayman Brac. 
However, visibility and water temperature was outstanding.  Watch out for
the sea wasps on night dive.  Our twelve year old daughter got severely
stung making her night dive debut.  That said, the dive crew was
professional and the staff was cordial.  We dove Nitrox at $10.00 a tank
extra; steep but well worth it for the way you feel after a day of diving. 
Three dives a day offered with the package we opted for with night dives
extra at $40.00 (US) a whack.  Tip pressure was minimal.  The dive boats
are 46 foot Newtons and are made for diving.  A wetsuit drying area is

Now, what was exceptional was the food.  You definitely want to invest in
the FAP.  The cuisine - and that's it exactly - was superb.  We have never
experiened the quality and variety of food as served up here.  The deserts
were varied and amazing.  This by far an away was the most outstanding an
memorable culinary experience ever.  No cruise line or five star hotel ever
offeed more.

The resort itself is showing a little wear but seems to be bearing up
better than Divi down the road.  The tropics take a toll on these places. 
There is a nice pool and bar, but watch the splinters and nails from the
boardwalk.  One of the downsides of the Cayman Islands of course is the
negative monetary exchange rate, i.e., .80 Cayman to $1.00 US.  That

There is not much to see or do if not diving although an island tour is
available as well as a well-recieved Karaoke night.  Bicycles and kayaks
are availble for your use without charge.  There is even a nice tennis

We booked the trip through Caradonna and they were courteous and helpful. 
However, make sure you get everything in writing.  The dive shop tried to
charge us extra our one daughter's snorkeling when we had already arranged
for that in advance.  If youare coming to Cayman Brac, we recommend this
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