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Dive Review of Southern Cross Club in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Southern Cross Club, May, 2004,

by Jim Chambers, GA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 1093.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All across the Caribbean, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 90 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dive crews were very camera-friendly and took care to keep photographic gear safe. Dive boats did not have camera tables, but cameras were placed in large coolers filled with fresh water. If there were too many cameras, they put more coolers onboard.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our third trip to the Southern Cross Club (SCC), and we enjoyed it as much as our previous trips. Owner Peter Hillenbrand has a real gem of a dive resort. The cottages are simple, but they're comfortable and they're kept very clean and well-maintained, and the A/C works very well (a must for me!). Meals are served in a dining room in the main building, and the food is wonderful. If you have any special dietary issues, they're great at accommodating you (for example, my wife can't eat onions, so they don't use onions on her meals). While we were there on our last two trips, the annual Sister Islands cook-off was held, and SCC won the grand prize, which was no surprise to us.

The SCC dive operation complements the resort. Dive crews are very friendly, and they clearly wanted us to have fun. They're extremely knowledgeable of the dive sites, and their dive briefings were very thorough. They ask you to go with the guided dive tour on your first dive, but after they're sure about your abilities, you can do your own dive if you like. Sometimes Deborah and I went off on our own, but sometimes we followed the divemaster when they promised something really good (and they always delivered). The reefs on Little Cayman are just as good today as they were when we started diving Little Cayman and Cayman Brac (our second-favorite place) back in 1989. Sea life is prolific, and sea turtles seem to get more abundant every year. We saw huge groupers and barracuda on every dive. The massive spur-and-groove coral formations are teeming with fish, and if you look hard enough, you'll see every manner of little critters, which are my favorite photographic subjects. I spent a lot of my time on my belly in the sand flats and coral rubble photographing the little guys, and I got some super photos.

Deborah and I are not deep divers, but it's impossible to not love Bloody Bay wall. We've dived a lot of walls in the Caribbean and the Pacific, and nothing tops Bloody Bay wall!

All-in-all, another great dive trip. There are cheaper places on Little Cayman, but we don't mind paying a little more for the Southern Cross Club. We'll definitely return many more times.
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