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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman Island

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Alan and Krista Binnie, AZ, USA
Report Number 2581
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Dominica, Belize, Honduras, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Suggested profiles of 110' for 50 min first dive, 60' for 60 minutes second
two dives, but divers were at free to use their own judgement.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
This was our first trip to Little Cayman, and it was very enjoyable.  For
the week we were there, the weather was mostly sunny and breezy with some
afternoon thundershowers, seas were never more than 2-3 feet.  We dove
three times a day every day but the day before we left.  The weekly Tuesday
night dive was cancelled due to surge.

All of our dives were in the Bloody Bay area, and all were at great sites. 
Boats moor on a ball, typically over sand or hard pan in 20 to 50 feet of
water near the wall.  If there is much current, divemasters relocated to
find calmer waters.  The spectacular wall usually starts at 40 to 60 feet
and falls more or less straight down (to 6000 feet, they say), with lots of
swim throughs, canyons, and small caves to play around in.  Lots of small
turtles.  2-3 foot fish are common, including some groupers that enjoy
being stroked, as fishing is restricted, but not many fish much bigger with
the exception of some reef and nurse sharks.  Lots of small schooling fish.
 Soft corals and sea fans are in great shape, and the topography is the
best we've ever seen.  The only disappointment was that almost all of the
hard corals are dead and there is quite a bit of algae-type overgrowth on

The hotel is bigger than we are used to, with about 80 guests, almost all
divers.  All meals are served buffet style, and the food is good and
plentiful.  We prepaid for breakfast and dinner;  lunch runs $20 each,
drinks $4-$8USD at the resort bar.  While not fancy or unique, the rooms
are nice and clean and come equipped with hairdryers and coffee makers. 
Bikes are available to borrow for free.  

The dive operation is very efficient, and ran flawlessly while serving lots
of divers. Divemasters are very experienced and courteous, offer
illustrated briefings before each dive, and do a headcount before leaving
each site even though the shore is very nearby.  Equipment is handled for
you- you just sit on the stern and they put it on you, then they take it
off and swap out tanks when you exit the water.  Boats are custom made for
diving, and are easy to exit and enter.  No water tank for cameras on the
boat, but a dedicated shelf is provided and the trip back to dock is only
about 30 minutes. A soaking tank is available back at the dock.  There were
up to 18 divers per boat, but this did not pose a problem because almost
all were very experienced, all were allowed to go their separate ways, and
all the dive sites offer plenty of prime space to spread out over.  

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