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

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Selden, MI, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4524
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Galapagos, California, Florida Keys, Belize, Mexico, Andros
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only usual safety limits.  They preferred you to be back on board after
50-60 minutes but were not strict about it, just based on helping to time
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Separate camera vs. mask tanks -- separate use firmly enforced in friendly
way.  Our most frequent divemaster (Mike) was an avid UWP and v. good at
finding the small stuff, e.g., Pea Crab.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I made this trip especially to meet colorful bartender Terry Thompson,
author of the entertaining Diary of a Dirtbag Divemaster.  This very
small (12 bungalow) all-inclusive (except alcoholic beverages) club has a
sophisticated website that makes it look somewhat like an exclusive,
nose-in-the-air resort, but my wife and I found that--while it was
beautiful--it was very relaxed, with a barefoot-all-the-time atmosphere and
very diver oriented.  When I booked my 12-dive package I was concerned that
perhaps their 3-dive a day approach would limit me to fewer dives if the
weather turned sour or if the relatively small number of guests might mean
that some of the afternoon dives might be cancelled.  Fourteen dives later,
I was a happy guy.  (One afternoon only two of us wanted to go, but SCC
accepted our payment for a ghost third diver, and took us out anyway.) 
The dive setup was convenient.  After arriving, you dont even have to
carry your gear down to the dock; a Gator picks up all gear left porch-side
and carries it down for you.  If you want, you can leave any and all gear
in a drying room next to the boats and rinse tanks.  I took mine back to
the room to rinse, as the tanks looked a bit cloudy by day's end.  Hoses
next to their two boats made it easy to rinse the beach sand off my feet
prior to boarding.  As to the diving, I cannot imagine a better wall dive
than on Bloody Bay Wall.  The wall offers numerous dive sites and is where
we did most of our diving.  The wall is covered with more large-size
sponges and corals than Id seen elsewhere in the Caribbean.  We ended most
dives on a shallower reef on top of the wall, creating an extended safety
stop without having to stop diving.  In addition to typical reef fish, I
saw some I hadnt seen before, including a number of Puddingwife, slender
filefish, lettuce sea slugs, green razorfish, flamefish, arrow blennies,
orangesided gobies, a yellowface pikeblenny, and others I still need to
identify.  This is the first place Ive seen divers able to stroke (not
feed) a grouper like a cat, which actually seemed to seek the attention. 
One day we were offered a chance to boat over to Cayman Brac for a dive on
the M/V Capt. Keith Tibbetts, a 330 ft. Russian frigate (some sources call
it a destroyer), which I strongly recommend if you get the chance.  The gun
turrets are impressive--be sure to bring a wide angle lens for this dive,
and a good light for some of the swim-throughs.  I think that SCC listens
to diver input on where they dive; Id esp. recommend Ringers Wall, Joys
Joy, and Eagle Ray Roundup.  The accommodations were great.  We stayed in a
beach-level deluxe bungalow (#11).  It had A/C and was spacious, clean, had
a modern bathroom with two showers--one indoor and the other outdoor, plus
a hose at the foot of our steps to rinse off feet and gear.  The outdoor
shower had hot and cold running water, and had no curtains, just low walls;
while showering I could look out over the beach, boat dock, green palm
trees and the blue Caribbean Sea.  The buffet style meals were top-notch,
with seating either out of doors on a pretty pool-side patio, or inside
large screened rooms.  The staff was friendly, often circulating among the
guests to ask whether they could get us anything more, or something from
the kitchen we didnt see on the tables.  Breakfasts included cold and hot
dishes, including custom-made eggs.  There are things to do when not
diving, as well, but the island itself is small and quiet.  We took one of
the free kayaks to nearby Owen Island, where I saw more living conch than
anywhere else Id been.  One night we ate with Gladys Howard at the homey,
intimate, Pirates Point.  Another day we took a bike ride to visit the
National Trust House and Little Cayman Museum (highly recommended).  Be
prepared to tip at checkout, but ask to see whether part of the tip is
already included in the bill.  On the inter-islnd flights we werent billed
for extra luggage, and had no problems with delayed bags, but study up on
current charges for extra weight, and pack so that you at least keep your
regulator, mask and snorkel with you to reduce problems if your gear is
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