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Dive Review of Sam McCoy's Lodge in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman Island

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Simpson, FL, USA
Report Number 762
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Ft. Lauderdale,\; Florida Keys; Walker's Cay, Chubb Cay, Cay Sal Banks
& Bimini all in the  Bahamas; Roaton, Hondurus; Belize; Saba; Grand
Turk, No. & West & So Caicos all in the Turks & Caicos Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
85   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit of 130 feet, but no seriously monitored for experienced divers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
This is a shore based operation. However there were no special rinse
facilities either on the boat or at the lodge for rinsing cameras or
housings.  No film developing capabilities at the lodge, although there may
have been some on available on the Island.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second visit to Little Cayman.  The first was on the Little
Cayman Diver live-aboard in 1997.  Bloody Bay Wall (BBW)is still as
spectacular and as awe inspiring as ever.  For sheer masiveness, there is
not another wall in the Caribbean that matches it.  The coral formations on
Jackson Wall are very impressive and definitely worth seeing.  However,
Hurricane Michele which pounded The Caymans for three days with 25 foot
waves about 2 or 3 years ago really scoured the tops of the wall and
stripped off many sponges.  The good news is that just the South Florida
reefs came back quickly after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, there are many new
corals, both hard and soft, which are re-generating.  Based upon our
observations of after Andrew, unless you specifically know what to look
for, you will not even know that Michele hit it so hard.

There are hoards of tropical fish and lots of small to medium size Nassau
Groupers populating the reefs.  We saw about 15 spiny lobsters all of which
were between 5 to 10 lbs.  No I wasn't narc-ed; those guys were BIG!  

We found the "Cascades" dive site to be one of our favorites.  It
is at the north end of Jackson Bay with enormous coral heads.  Some start
around 80 feet but they are huge & healthy with lots of interesting
formations. Let me include my dive buddy's description of them in a report
to a friend, "...THE CASCADES...ohmygod I thought I had dived and gone
to heaven....these huge glorious coral heads appeared out of the distance
standing on a pure white sand chute like an offering from the dive gods to
us!!  Maybe her description is a little melo-dramatic, but they are
definitely worth seeing.

Lowell is the dive master for McCoy's Lodge and one of the best we have
ever encountered at dive resorts.  After determining that we were
experienced capable divers, he let us dive with no our own and go where we
wanted to.

As we had a NE breeze most of the week we were there, the no-seeums didn't
bother us too bad.  One morning there was no breeze and the "flying
teeth" were out in force.

The food was American style cooking and satisfying, but nothing to get
overly excited about--but we didn't go for the food.

We will go back again and definitely will stay at McCoy's.
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