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

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Nesher, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4630
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, Monterey, Cali North Coast, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits were 110ft/60ft/50ft  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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 $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Well, let me first say this trip was orginally slated for Sep of 08.
However, due to Hurricane Gustav we (my wife and I) went to Grand Cayman
instead. (I dove w/Indigo Divers on GC)

Upon my return my LDS had scheduled a trip to the Little Cayman Beach
Resort. Already scheduled to take a dive trip in Jan 09 and not desirous of
going alone (AGAIN) I signed up for this land based resort. 

The first thing I must tell you is that if you live on the West Coast it
was an extremely long travel day. 

American from SFO (San Francisco) to MIA, MIA to GCM. Once you get to Grand
Cayman you have to take another airline to Little Cayman (Cayman Airlines)

Cayman Airways - the plane is extremely tiny; a Dehavilland 6 Twin Otter
Turboprop, which seats 12 - 15 passengers, pray it not full. 

There are some significant weight restrictions which will cost you both
money and (probably)leaving a bag on GCM to come over on a later flight on
another day. 

The airstrip on Little Cayman is nothing more than that. Finally after
twenty - five hours of travel time from start to finish I arrived. 

The resort was closed for a few months last year due to the hurricane and
the significant repairs to be done to the boats & dive dock.
Concurrently they were scheduled to renovate the rooms. 

The present accomodations are EXCELLENT, much more than what one would
expect from a dive resort. 

One exception - Little Cayman historically has been known to have paper
thin walls in their rooms. That HASN"T changed and if you don't want
to hear or be heard you need to consider this carefully. 

The management team that runs the place, Jason & his wife Vickie (both
from California), are OUTSTANDING. Any questions, concerns, desires, and/or
wishes that can be accomodated are w/no hesitations. Shout out to Jessica
(front desk) 

The food (Oh, my goodness!!!) the food. The pastry chef (Chubby from
Jamaica) is worth taking the trip whether you like pastries of not) He made
a chocolate pie w/toffee and pecans which was ABSOLUTELY too good to eat. 

Breakfast was the only meal that didn't wow me. The omelete guy needs to
improve his disposition and attitude towards ALL the guests. 

Both dinner and supper were above and beyond my expectations. Simply
Awesome!!!! Shout out to the Executive Chef, Donnette, Junior, mi amigos -
Alex y Kenny. Thanks for taking good care of me. 

Now on the the diving

I arrived one day earlier than my group to get a feel of the place w/o the
group since I travel alone most of the time. 

I wanted to know how I might be treated w/o the power of numbers and
influence of group leader. And to see if there were any changes in
attitudes and behavior. 

For some people that's not important, however, for me in this instance it
was critical. Day one, I went out with Ronnie and Alex on Holiday Divers.
What a joy it was to dive with what I considered to be two great dive

Ronnie's style is very attentive to his group. I watched him avert a major
incident by being extremly watchful of all divers in the water with him.
Alex, was the man for showing you the marine life. I didn't think it could
be better but it did. 

Next day, my group arrives and whether you are w/a group of not you're
assigned to a boat for the week. I had to vacate the Holiday Diver for the
Coral Sister.
Our group counted in at 20 but usually only 17 - 18 dove at any one time.
On the Coral Sister we met Capt Sunny, Dottie, and Sharon. 

First, they are a sheer joy to be around as people and even better as
divers. Dottie and Sharon are really cool, but, I really loved diving with

Sometimes is just a style thing nothing more, and I just really enjoyed my
time diving with her best. Sunny has these cool fins with "Follow
Me" written on the bottom that mde always think of the Adams Family. 

And NO, Sunny doesn't look like any of the characters on the Adams Family.
(Far from it) It was just too cool following her around. Our dive group
adopted Sunny as one of our own. BIG SHOUT OUT TO SUNNY. 

Some of the Dive Sites I dove are as follows: 
Sarah's Set, Great Wall West, Lea Lea's, Black Hole, Windsock, Grundy's
Reef, Dynamite, Gay's Reef, Richards Reef, Jackson Reef, Bus Stop, Joy's
Joy, the Tibbetts among others. 

Nothing major just the regular Caribbean Reef Critters. 

Ben (mgr) is a good guy who was there to answer and repond to any request
or questions. Benny (Instructor) from Manchester did a custom DVD for me
personally which was really excellent. 

Annabelle runs the shop and handles the administrative side of the
operation. She also maintains the products and merchandise. 

Okay, so what's my recommendation? 

This is a resort for divers but a great number of people were there who
didn't dive, nor did they ever want to dive. That spoke volumes to me
because they came just to read and relax. 

So go ahead and take your non-diving spouse and children. 

It's a bit of a hassel to get there, but it's worth the trip. It might,
however, be better to make that trip between Apr - Nov. The water was cold
at times. 

Would I do it again? 

I am a liveaboard guy and now I truly know why I am a liveaboard diver. 

I loved the three dives a day and the valet diving but if I had my choice
and if I am traveling alone my answer is no. 

If I am traveling with my liveaboard challenged dive friends? Oh Yeah!!
It's a wonderful resort and I have nothing but excellent things to say
about it. 

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