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

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by James A. Heimer, TX, United States
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Report Number 3356
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, N&S Calif, E&W Coasts Mexico, Norway, Tahiti, Bahamas,
Belize Honduras, USVI, Malaysia, Indonesia, Malaysia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max recommended depth of 110 feet; time and max depth specified for each
dive, but divers allowed to dive their computers within the time allowed;
divers required to enter, dive with, and exit water with their buddies.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Group consisted of 17 members of Houston Underwater Photographic Society,
all with large underwater housings and strobes; two tier camera table in
front of cabin supplemented by storage on forward shelf was adequate, but
left no room to work on gear.  No camera rinse tank on board; large
dedicated camera rinse tank at dive shop on pier available at end of dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
First the bad.  The connecting flight from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman
limits checked luggage to 55 lbs and one carry-on of 15 lbs and all gear is
weighed.  Overweight is allowed, but charged at $.50 per pound.  If there
is a lot of luggage (each of our group had one dive bag, one bag of
clothes, and one or two carry-ons for cameras and housings), some will be
left behind for delivery the next day.  As a result, about half of the
group either had to rent dive gear for the morning dives the first day or
were unable to take photos until their gear arrived.  Nothing got lost or
damaged in shipment, and the Little Cayman Beach Resort handled getting all
the luggage from and to the local airport.  On the way home, as much
luggage as possible had to be shipped out at 3 pm the day before departure
to make sure it was in Grand Cayman for connecting flights to the US. 
Inconvenient, but it worked.

Everything else was great.  The dive operation (Reef Divers) was
exceptionally well run with a boat captain dive master and second dive
master on board.  Kudos to Ron and Sunny and Alex, who all worked our boat.
 Boat was large enough for our group of 17 to comfortably get to the dive
sites (20 minutes to the farthest Bloody Bay wall (which is the North side
of Little Cayman) dive sites, and even the trip to Cayman Brac to dive the
Tibbets (Soviet warship) was not unbearable.  Divers take a seat at the
stern with weights, fins and mask, then dive staff brings BC & tank and
helps the diver strap in.  Cameras are handed over after entry.  The
procedure is reversed for exiting.

The dive briefings were thorough, and one of the dive masters was in the
water to conduct tours or spot the good stuff.  We had rain for an hour or
two everyday, but that didn't affect the diving.  Night dives were
cancelled due to rough water (only at night), so our routine was two
morning dives, lunch, and one afternoon dive every day (morning only on
last full day).

Corals were in good shape, especially the soft corals.  There was an
abundance of the usual tropical fish, though large fish were scarce.  This
did not apply to the three "domesticated" groupers that followed
the divers around on a couple of sites.  Turtles were abundant - we had
four in sight at once at the end of one dive.  Sailfin blennies, jawfish
with eggs, sting rays, and lobster, seen on most dives.  Saw one eagle ray
while diving the tibbets and one nurse shark (one black tip also reported)
on BB wall.  Thousands of photos were taken by our group.

The accommodations were motel grade, very clean, but lacked some light. 
Maid service daily.  Wireless available for $25 per week.  The food was
outstanding.  Did I say outstanding?  The chef must be in the witness
protection program after a mob hit at a popular NY restaurant.  Massive
breakfast, lunch of soup, sandwiches or a choice of hot entrées, and
dinner with at least two meat dishes, one fish dish, potato or pasta, salad
bar and dessert bar.  Did I mention the dessert bar?  Wine, beer, and
cocktails available for purchase from the bar, and there is a nice pool and
very nice hot tub.

Except for the (minor) hassle of getting there - great experience!!!!
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