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Little Cayman Beach Resort, Cayman Islands

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Dear Fellow Diver,

It was the midday Saturday when the friendly security guard at Grand Cayman airport patted me down and queried, "Heading home?" When I replied, "Nope, going to Little Cayman," she gave me a puzzled look and asked why I was traveling in July during the busiest time of the week.

Good point. With so many tourist packages running from Saturday to Saturday, the airport was jammed, the lines long, the air-conditioning barely adequate, the food options limited. I shrugged, knowing that a week of good diving lay ahead.

Actually, it was great Caribbean diving. For example, all my dives on the well-known Jackson's Wall were just plain beautiful, with a deep blue ocean on one side, a sheer wall on the other, and colorful coral heads and swim-thrus. Barracuda, bar jacks, and hogfish were frequent visitors among the abundant reef fish, and in the sandy bottom below the boat, I spotted several stingrays and garden eels.

Little Cayman Beach ResortLCBR boasts four Newton dive boats -- two 42-footers and two 46-footers. My 16 Northern California dive club companions and I were assigned to the 42-foot Reef Fanta-Sea, which offered plenty of room for donning gear, as well as an upper deck to get away from the crowd. The crew set up tanks -- check your own, we were cautioned -- and delivered them to the transom, where they helped us don them. After each dive, towels, water, chips and fruit were available. Divemasters Romel and Anthony alternated delivering the briefings and guiding the dives. Buddies could go off on their own, as long as they followed the rules: 50 minutes and 100 feet on the first dive, 60 and 60 for the second. While they were both pleasant guys, Romel was more of a student of marine life, having his own ID books on board and enthusiastically pointing out critters such as baby filefish at Ringer's Wall. There I also spotted Caribbean lobsters in coral cracks, several turtles, and a small nurse shark. ...


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