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

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Yarnik, Illinois, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2000
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Boanire, Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, Anguilla,
Aruba, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100' depth maximum and 45:00 for the first morning dive; 60' and 50:00 for
the second morning dive. A third 60' dive starts at 2:00 p.m.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Excellent full-service photo shop; boats well-equipped for UWPs; secure,
padded table for storage, rinse water, etc. Staff very helpful.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Cayman Airways previous schedule of twice-weekly flights direct to
Georgetown from O'Hare has been reduced to one flight per week(departs on
Sunday, returns on Saturday), which we took to Little Cayman and the Little
Cayman Beach Resort. The LCBR is small, all-inclusive, and entirely
dive-oriented. Non-divers will not find much to do at the resort or on the
island in general(resident iguanas and booby birds both outnumber humans).
However, for the dedicated diver, I'm not sure a better resort and dive
operation exists in the Caribbean region. Rooms are well-appointed,
air-conditioned, and have views of either the pool or beach/ocean. What
really sets this place apart, though, is the kitchen. Guests are served
three all-you-can-eat meals of terrific food each day. Fresh produce, local
seafood, home-baked goods, and wonderful daily ethnic offerings and
island-fare provide a wealth of culinary options for even the most finicky
eater. There was so much food that my wife and I could only bring ourselves
to eat 2 of the 3 meals each day. The dive operation, like the rest of the
resort, is top-notch. Reef Divers are very professional, highly
experienced, and very knowledgeable about the local dive sites in Bloody
Bay Wall Marine Park, which is as healthy an undersea environment as can be
found in the Caribbean. Your dive package includes 2 morning dives plus a
third after lunch. Night dives are scheduled once or twice per week as per
demand. Shore diving is only available outside the resort as the shallow
house lagoon is thick with turtle/eel grass. Three 40+' Newton diveboats
comfortably support all dive guests, who remain on the same boat with the
same 2 or 3-person crew each day during the week. Divemasters(esp. Nicky,
Elisa and Christophe) are knowledgeable, extremely hard-working(this is
total boutique diving--after you set up your scuba unit the first day, you
never have to do so again during your entire stay), personable, and
approachable. An open-air, roofed drying room is located next to the gear
rinse tanks so that guests can hang and dry their wetsuits and other gear
and not have it clutter up your room. Reef Divers staff will rinse, store,
and set up your BC and reg each day. Nitrox and rental gear are available.
Dive site briefings are detailed and supplemented with colored-marker
sketches of the site. Depth limits are enforced at 100' for the first
morning dive and computer divers are allowed to dive their own profiles and
strike out on their own if they so choose. Bloody Bay Wall was lush and
healthy, with teeming reef species, both fish and invertebrates. Out in the
deep blue along the wall were pelagics like eagle rays, sharks, and
turtles, and some or all could usually be spotted on at least one dive each
day. Downtime is usually spent hanging out at the bar or lounging by the
pool with a good book and trading "fish stories" with other
guests. All in all, LCBR is as good as it gets for dedicated, land-based
Caribbean diving and amenities.            
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