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

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5485
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Galapagos, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Socorros, GBR, Indonesia,
Vanuatu, all of the Caribbean and Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco; return to boat with 500 psi; MUST stay with dive guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The dive boats have no camera tables but do have rinse tanks -- large
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
The Southern Cross Club is a very comfortable place to stay; this was my
3rd visit. All the accommodations are spacious and clean. The newer units
are very nice. The older cabanas are OK. The staff is very friendly and
helpful. The food is good and nicely prepared. Meals are both buffet and
plated. The beach is very inviting with white sand and lots of palm trees.

The dive operation has 2 smaller dive boats but usually no more than 10
divers are on a boat. The dive guides know the dive sites and the marine
life. However, all the dives are guided and one MUST stay with the dive
guide regardless of experience or knowledge of the dive sites. The dive
sites are not difficult to navigate -- usually left or right along the wall
with return to the boat along the top of the reef. I found the requirement
to stay with dive guide quite unnecessary and restrictive. It resulted in
several lost photo opportunities. On this same trip I also dived with Conch
Club Divers and they do not have this requirement. One particular dive
master at SCC can be a bit over-bearing and condescending. He chided me for
not being visible to him during the dive. So now I am supposed to watch for
him, my dive buddy, photo ops and enjoy the dive. Yeah, right. Other divers
had similar issues with this guy.

This particular dive master and this dive policy is enough to discourage me
from returning to the SCC for a fourth time.
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