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Dive Review of Brac Reef Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

Brac Reef Beach Resort: "Cayman Brac -- Outstanding Caribbean Diving and an Excellent Value", May, 2014,

by Sandy Falen, KS, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 7872 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my third visit in as many years... and my fourth overall. There are plenty of reasons to keep coming back to the Brac: stunning viz, warm water, healthy reefs, outstanding accommodations, great food, valet diving, easy travel connections, and lots of sociable grouper to bring out your inner fish whisperer.

I think I've said it all in previous reviews, but Brac Reef's consistent delivery of good diving and excellent service merits an updated report.

Let's face it -- the Caribbean will never be what it was 30 years ago. But in today's environment, it would be hard to best Brac for overall dive conditions and value -- at least, in this hemisphere. The clarity of the water and the warm temps make Brac an ideal spot for both beginning and experienced divers. The guest rooms (go for the deluxe) are the best I've had on a dive vacation. The photos on the website are accurate, so I won't go into detail here. The dining room consistently puts out a buffet spread to satisfy every appetite, and the service is happy and welcoming. You'll eat more than you should and you won't care.

Boats are roomy and perfectly organized, and you'll never carry a tank. Briefings are helpful and informative, and divemasters remain vigilant at lion fish culling. My only complaint remains the obsession with buddy diving, to the point of paring up total strangers. So if you're a solo traveler, be warned.

The Cayman Islands may be the last great hope for grouper in the Caribbean. To see all those friendly goggle eyes following you around like wet puppies is a treat that will leave you smiling.

The grounds are lovely, with lots of white sand, shaded hammocks, a pool, and an open-air bar. The island is worth exploring by bike (free ones available at the resort) or car. Check out the swimming hole on the other side of the island (by the Keith Tibbets Russian Destroyer dive site).

For the caliber of diving and top-side services, Brac is a bargain, and I give it a strong recommendation for divers of all levels.

Websites Brac Reef Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Costa Rica, Fiji, Kosrae, Palau, Sulawesi
Closest Airport Getting There Multiple flights daily from Grand Cayman

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100-120 Ft/ 30-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't go into deco mode; come up at 500psi; must stay with a buddy
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None 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 2 stars

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 [None]
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