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

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort, Aug, 2005,

by Greg Yarnik, Illinois, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2000.

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

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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