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

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Chambers, GA, USA
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Report Number 1093
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All across the Caribbean, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
90   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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