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

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by James A. Heimer, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 4797
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, California, Texas, Bahamas,
BWI, USVI, Aruba, Bonaire, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Each dive was specified as to max depth and duration, regardless of
computer use; e.g., first dive was usually 110' for 60 min and 60' for 60
min thereafter  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
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  
Boat had camera table but no rinse tank - could use fw shower after dives;
shore had large dedicated camera rinse tank, but no facilities other than
table in room for set-up; dive masters were good at getting cameras in and
out of the water
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was our second visit to LCBR and the first since the recent hurricane.
 The resort has been completely restored and the rooms upgraded with new
paint, furniture, and furnishings throughout, including the bathrooms.  We
had a single room near the bar and pool; oceanfront studios are also
available with partial kitchens.

Due to our previous experience with the shuttle flights from Grand Cayman
to the Sister Islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, we arrived a day
early on Grand Cayman to take advantage of an early morning connection the
next day to Little Cayman.  Due to the cargo limitations on these small
planes, there is a high probability that not all of your luggage will make
your flight.  Flying early in the morning, before a connecting flight of
divers from the US arrives, improves your chances that your gear will
travel with you, and it will also provide opportunities on subsequent
flights for Cayman Airways to get your gear to you.  The resort has a lot
of experience dealing with this problem, and your first day of diving  may
be scheduled around the arrival of the morning aircraft.

The facilities at LCBR are first rate  boats are large and spacious, even
with a full complement of 22 divers (we had 18 on our boat), there is
plenty of room to store gear and an adequate camera table.  Once you have
geared up and been briefed on the site, you proceed to the rear of the boat
and take a seat facing the stern.  The dive masters (ours were Sharon and
Alex) bring you your tank and BC, help you don it, check your air, and help
you overboard.  On the return, they take your tank and BC, swap the BC onto
a new tank, and you are ready for the next dive. By the second day, they
knew which BC (and camera) belonged to each diver.  Roll calls were done
before leaving the pier and before leaving each site.

Dive times and max depths were specified  usually 110 and 60 minutes on
the first dive and 60 and 60 minutes on subsequent dives that day.  This
was to maintain the schedule around breakfast, two morning dives, lunch,
one afternoon dive, and dinner, with adequate surface intervals between
dives.  At the end of the diving day, the BCs are left on board and other
gear can be rinsed and stored in a well ventilated room near the dock.

We had the same outstanding chef as two years ago, and the meals continued
to exceed expectations with generally three or four entrees, fresh salads
and homemade soups and desserts for lunch and dinner, and fresh fruit and a
full country breakfast in the morning.  You have the option of a full
3-meal a day plan, or a 2-meal plan, which allows you to buy lunch at the
bar, if desired.

All of the diving was on Bloody Bay Wall or the contiguous Jackson Bight,
the difference being that the latter is characterized by sand channels and
a less severely steep drop-off from 60 to 6000 feet.  The soft and hard
corals and sponges are in excellent shape, and the marine life  from macro
blennies, pipe-, and jaw fish to eagle rays, turtles, and large green
morays, along with the usual tropicals  is abundant.  One of the dive
masters provides an optional guided tour on each dive, and even less
experienced divers will feel comfortable on these reefs.
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