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

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Don and Marilee Hughes, Mn, USA (3 reports)
Report Number 4588

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Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Solomon Islands, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Saba, Statia,
St.Kitts, Mexico.

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
First dive 110 feet/50 minutes. Second and third dives 60 feet/60 minutes.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Diving is done “valet style.”  The first morning of your diving you leave
your gear outside your door in a bag you’re given.  It’s picked up and
carried to the boat by dive staff.  You set up your gear only once.  It’s
done for you each day thereafter.  Dive staff set up your bcd and regs each
morning and change over between dives, then rinse them off at the end of
the day.  Your wetsuit, flippers, and mask are cared for by you.  There’s a
hose on board for a quick rinse along with towels. You clean your bcd and
regs after your last dive of your trip.  There’s two large rinse tanks at
the dive shop located at the end of the pier for rinsing your wetsuit and
gear.  Suits dry fast after they’re hanged in a drying room attached to the
dive shop.  Large covered dive boats are very clean, well kept and
maintained.  Oxygen, defribrillators, and toilets are on board.  Cold water
and snacks are provided.  You carry your flippers to the end of the boat
and sit down.  The dive staff carry your tank to you.  Same procedure after
dives.  Dedicated camera table.  Dive staff handled cameras carefully,
giving them a quick rinse from water hose after dives.  Consistent air
fills to 3000+ psi.  Consistent nitrox fills at 32% at a cost of $10/tank. 
You test your tanks with provided testers, then mark tanks with your name
and assigned boat.  Reef Dives fills all the nitrox tanks for the island. 
Three dives each day.  Two morning and one afternoon.  Dive limits on first
dives are 110 feet/50minutes, second two dives of the day are 60
feet/60minutes.  Buddy diving only.  A divemaster is in the water for the
first 30 minutes or so providing a tour if anyone is interested. He or she
then is back to the boat to assist the other dive staff get divers back
into the boat.  45-minute surface interval between dives.  I didn’t see
computers being checked.  Computer diving is required.   Sunnto wrist
computer provided if you didn’t have one.  Two night dives offered each
week, dependent on weather and adequate interest.  A trip to the Brac to
dive the wreck is offered once a week.  Dive staff are very competent and
quite safety conscious.  Very thorough dive briefings are given with map of
site drawn on dry erase board.  The daily routine is breakfast, two morning
dives, back for lunch, then out for the remaining afternoon dive. 
Depending on weather, dive staff will discuss which sites people want to
dive.  The dive shop is staffed full-time.  There isn’t dive equipment for
sale, but good selection of clothing, etc.  On site photo pro shoots a
video of  your dive boat group during your trip, then shows it at the bar. 
$40 for a copy.  Camera rentals are available.  Good Caribbean diving. 
Mostly smaller fish, the usual suspects.  Fair quantity of cleaning
stations.  Good coral growth.  Four to five friendly Groupers live on a
couple of the reefs. If interested, you’re given a detailed printout of
your dives for your trip.  The resort is undergoing its first remodel. 
They’re doing a fabulous job with this!  Two of the three buildings are
completed with a good pace ongoing to finish the third building.  All new
superior quality materials are being used from the new furniture and air
conditioners to the new LCD televisions.  All rooms have refrigerators, hot
water/coffee makers with coffee and tea packets.  There was no working
cable to the televisions and the wi-fi for laptops was spotty due to not
completely back 100% after Hurricane Palomo.  Daily maid service was good. 
With the exception of the dive staff, your package price includes staff
tips.  We tipped the maid and bar staff anyway.  Dive staff tip boxes with
their individual names are inside the dive shop.  All staff from the maids
to the resort manager are friendly, seem like they enjoy their jobs, and do
a good job.  There’s a good selection available in the on-site gift
shop/store.  Bicycles are provided free.  The store is a few minute ride
down the street, including a liquor store.  The bar is frequented by the
dive staff after the dive days.  Beer is $3.50 to $4.00 C.I.  Mixed drinks
approximately $6.00 C.I.  The food is served buffet style.  It’s excellent,
definitely the best I’ve encountered in a dive resort.  More than one
entrée are offered, same with the deserts.  Omlets to order
available for breakfast.  Wine at $6.00 C.I. per glass available for the
evening meal as well as a selection of wine bottles.  There’s only 150-200
people living on the island.  This includes the workers.  There’s no cruise
ships or people selling their wares.  It’s a very peaceful beach area and
grounds to relax.  Beach chairs and hammocks present.  Smaller, but very
clean pool located by the bar.  Cayman Airways is only service into Little
Cayman.  The small puddle jumpers fly daylight hours as the runway doesn’t
have lights.  Baggage is weighed and overweight bags are charged .50
cents/pound U.S.  Bags can be delayed in arriving, like arrive the
following day.  It’s requested you set out as much of your bags the day
before by 3:00 p.m. to facilitate Cayman Airlines getting the baggage to
Grand Cayman.                  
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