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

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort, Apr, 2007,

by Curt Andrus, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3315.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Baja, Bonnaire, BVIs, Cozumel, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Fiji, Palau, Indonesia, Seychelles, PNG
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions DM was in the water for all dives, but it was not mandatory to follow. Depth & time were pretty flexible.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Reef Divers is a very well-run operation. You set up your gear once and that's the last time you generally have to touch it. They bring it to you and cart it away at the beginning/end of each dive. This would be a very big plus for someone with limited mobility or trouble lifting things. For the rest of us, it's a nice accommodation. Dive briefings were thorough and included underwater landmarks and a suggested route. DMs led divers along the stated profile but you were free to follow your own. Although DMs were in the water with each dive, they were fairly hands off as far as showing things to divers. Boats were well-maintained and spacious. Camera tables were available. Fresh-water rinse hose, towels, water, fruit, and snacks were all on-board. Boats returned to shore for lunch. Rooms were average. Water ran out one day but was promptly restored. Room was not cleaned twice during a week-long stay. Food was good and abundant. Everything was served buffet-style. Bikes were available to explore the island. Pool & hot tub were both clean and in good shape. Resort grounds were well maintained.
The diving was very good by Caribbean standards. A number of large groupers (Nassau, Yellow-fin, and Goliath) point to a healthy reef. Hard & soft corals were abundant. Sponges galore. Some damage from previous hurricane/storm surge but nothing devastating. The usual assembly of reef fish, eels, crabs, lobsters, and turtles everywhere. Barracudas, jacks, permit, and the occasional tarpon. The only sharks we saw were nurse sharks.
The biggest drawback to getting there is Cayman Airways. They have a monopoly on flights among the Cayman Islands and are not concerned with helping passengers. Our departure from Little Cayman was moved up 7 hours just 3 weeks before the trip and they did nothing to help minimize the layover in Miami (which they caused). 2 emails to Cayman Air before the trip produced nothing - not even an auto-reply. Until something is done about Cayman Air I will not be returning.
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