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

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marilyn & Sandy MacGregor, NM, USA
Report Number 2678
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
BVI, Andros, Keys, Baja, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Dominica, Pulau, Red
Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
none  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
The most depressing thing about returning to an area you've been to before
is to find it's not what you remembered.  About 15 years ago we cruised the
Caymans and found diving in the Bloody Bay Wall area to be the most
exciting and abundantly alive in the Caribbean.  In 2006, after two days of
diving from the lovely land-based operation of Southern Cross Club with a
group of five, the talk on the boat and at meal times was rarely about the
diving: there was nothing to talk about except the bad news.  The reefs are
in perilous condition, the fish life has diminished greatly and the night
dive was eerily quiet.  After a week we were thoroughly depressed. 
Although the staff and dive masters try valiantly to show guests a good
time, they can't produce what isn't there.  The weather was great; the
water was warm (too warm for May) and sea conditions perfect.  It's just
that what we remembered as being something like swimming in an aquarium
turned out to be more like one of those "underwater" restaurants
of yesteryear where every now and then a turtle would swoop by.

I wished we'd known this before we went and I wish I knew what to do about
it now.
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