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

Southern Cross Club, May, 2010,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 5485.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; return to boat with 500 psi; MUST stay with dive guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The dive boats have no camera tables but do have rinse tanks -- large coolers.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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