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

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jennifer Meriwether, ca, usa
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Report Number 455
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Curacao, Bonaire, Saba, Grand Turk, Monterey
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Standard recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We had a pretty bad time at McCoys and I would never go back but other
people don't seem to have had the same experience so who knows - buyer
beware. We had read that McCoys was "rustic" and we were prepared
for that. The room and grounds were not bad - no frills, but clean. That
wasn't the problem. The problem was the attitude of Maxine and Mam McCoy,
the owners/managers. When we checked in, Maxine told us we'd be diving with
the Southern Cross Club for the first two days. We had no idea why and no
idea what would happen after the first two days. She was completely
uncommunicative. Finally, after the first day, we found out that the reason
we were diving  with SCC was that the McCoys divemaster had left the island
over Xmas and still wasn't back (we arrived in the third week of January).
We had booked just one week before and they never bothered to tell us that
they had no divemaster. Two days into our stay, Croy McCoy, one of Mam's
sons came to the island from Grand Cayman to do an underwater survey on
grouper mating activities. He was promptly drafted into being our
divemaster. There were just two issues. First, since he was making three
dives per day to 100 ft to monitor the groupers, he had no desire to get in
the water with us. So, he would take us out to the dive sites, tell us
which way the wall was and send us off. The second problem was that he and
his colleagues were also using our dive boat for their work, so we had to
fit in our dives around their work schedule. All of this wouldn't have been
that much of an problem - we are pretty flexible and like to dive on our
own anyway, but what really got us upset was the way we were treated by
Maxine and Mam. We got a strong sense that we were an annoyance that they
had to put up with, not guests that were paying a large sum of money to
stay there and that we had ruined everyone's nice plans regarding the
grouper survey by showing up and needing to use the dive boat. We were
completely ignored. We never even got a smile or a hello. Given the dive
irritations, I would have expected at least an apology, maybe an offer to
take us over to the other side of the island where the little village was,
something, anything to make up for it. Certainly, I wasn't so stupid as to
think they'd actually offer to refund some of our money. Instead, nothing,
even though we were the only guests, so it's not like they were otherwise
busy. We got to the point where we pretty much just hid in our room when we
weren't diving because it was so uncomfortable to be out on the grounds and
run into them. Oh, and the food was marginal at best, although Pam, the
cook was very nice. As if all this wasn't bad enough we really didn't feel
that the diving was any better than the other places we've been in the
Caribbean. The weather was so bad we were only able to dive Bloody Bay Wall
for three days out of seven and spent the other days on the south side of
the island but still, I was expecting more from Bloody Bay. Although the
topography of the wall was great, the coral was average, there was alot of
algae, and the fish and critter life was less than we've seen elsewhere.
Maybe it was just the wrong time of year. My advice is that if you really
want to dive Little Cayman, don't go anytime from Dec-March, and stay at
one of the nice resorts or condos, not at McCoys.
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