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Dive Review of Sam McCoys Dive Lodge in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John C. Lewis, DVM, FL, USA
Report Number 2077
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Provo, Florida, Aruba, Truk, Barbados, Cozumel, Texas Flower
Gardens, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No real restrictions outside of computer limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No photographers on trip
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Our group of 5 divers made our annual group dive trip.  Previous trips have
been to Texas Flower Gardens, Key West, Cat Island Bahamas, Nassau Bahamas,
Grand Cayman and Truk.  The walls in LC are fantastic and pristine- no
diver damaged and dead corals.  Swim thru tunnels are great.  Saw turtles
on every dive.  Had a 25 lb pet grouper that you can actually pet and
follows you around while diving.  Only place that closely rivals Bloody Bay
Wall is Cat Island, Bahamas- They look like Grand Cayman must have looked
30 yrs ago.  Boat was spacious and provided fruit snacks on surface
interval-we were there in Sept- the off season.  We were the only divers,
on the only dive boat operating the days we were there.  Acommodations at
McCoys lodge are a little rustic, but we will go back here next yr for our
trip.  Rooms were large, A/C excellent in 2 of 3 rooms and problems in the
3rd room cheerfully resolved by owners.  Food was excellent, but not fancy.
 Water pressure was a bit weak, but we generally had warm water for
showers.  This lodge has served divers since 1984- first dive lodge on the
Island, and they know what to do.  We opted to also do afternoon dive which
was a good choice- diving is cheaper than the bar, which does have out of
this world sunset views.  The whole staff was friendly, but not obtrusive-
we essentially did what we wanted, which was to dive, relax and renew old
friendships.  The island is small and safe- we didn't even get a key to the
room as they don't consider security an issue and most lodge employees are
family members.  There is 1 store, 1 church, 1 grass/gravel airstrip, 1
school, 115 people and some of the best diving in the world.  Easy travel
arrangements via Cayman Airways.  Other dive resorts on LC are a little
fancier, but are on the other side of Island from Bloody Bay Wall.  Our
package price of $ 496.50 pp included 3 nites lodging, 3 meals a day, 2
days of 2-tank AM boat dives, unlimited shore dives, taxes, etc.  We added
a PM boat dive for $ 50/dive.
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