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

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 4187
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Bali, Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Sipadan, Layang Layang, Utlia, Cozumel,
Turks & Cacos, VI, Lembeh Straits, Galapagos, Truk and a few others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
They had a camera room next to the dive shop and and dive table on the
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    

Finally arriving to Little Cayman from Los Angeles on two late flights from
American Airlines, I was hoping to get an early afternoon flight to Little
Cayman and maybe a dive in. That is if I could have made my connections!
Unfortunately, I did not. In addition, the return was as bad to LA. 

The Resort: Little Cayman is a nice resort they are undergoing a remodel of
the rooms in August which they need to replace old bathroom fixtures etc.
The rooms are nice and the AC kept my room cool, in fact the weather was so
nice I turned off the AC at night. The air temperatures were 85 to 90
degrees. The meals are excellent with a large variety and the deserts that
are out of this world. The resort staff and dive staff were great. Overall,
Little Cayman is a very well run operation. 

The Diving:  Was done off 42 Newtons. Staffed by two people one boat
Captain/Dive guide and another dive guide. At the end of the boat there was
a sit down area where they brought you your tank and you did a giant
stride. There were between 12 to 20 divers on the boat and it never felt
crowded. The two dive guides/boat captain would take turns leading the dive
for about 30 minutes then they go back to the boat to help people getting
out of the water. Although their dive briefings were excellent I would of
liked a full time dive guide to show a few more of highlights underwater.
The time that Matt or Sunny spent in the water was helpful. They did make
sure everyone had a buddy. You were pretty much allowed to dive your own
profile up to 60 minutes. Seas were at times a bit choppy and a couple of
days some large swells but nothing that would make entrys and exits a
problem. I cancelled one afternoon dive due to seasickness. Water
temperatures were 83 to 84 degrees. Bloody Bay wall had some spectacular
contrasts with the sea fans, corals and the blue water when approaching the
wall.  There were many swim throughs or you could swim over depending upon
the dive site to reach the wall. I believe the highlight of the diving to
most people was view of the wall, I did have one of the DMs say this is
the best wall diving this side of Palau. I asked if they had ever been to
Palau? No. The only resemblance I saw to Palau was the majestic drop off
but not much of anything else in the way of Marine life, Corals etc. I saw
an occasional String ray, Reef shark, some Unicorn fish, Pufferfish, small
school of Jacks (at the Mixing Bowl), Drums, a Juvenile trumpet fish,
Squirrelfish, Triggerfish, a couple of Groupers that like to be petted and
assorted reef fish. Overall, there was not a lot of Marine life. The dive
sites I thought that were good dives were the Mixing Bowl, Cumbers caves,
Sarahs set, Coconut wall and hanging out in the sand on some various sites
watching the Jawfish. Two people who I dove with in Little Cayman were
there nine and ten years ago they said there was a significant drop off in
marine life. 

I have dove Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Grand
Cayman, Belize, and Utila. This diving was better than most and probably
equal to or better than Cozumel. 
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