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

Brac Reef Divers/Brac Reef Resort, Nov, 2006,

by Blaine and Marian Browne, FL, USA . Report 3100.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments There is a trade-off in Carbbean diving in November: while temperatures are more moderate, one runs the risk of less-than-perfect dive conditions. Such was the case for this trip to Cayman Brac, during which winds and clouds were the rule. However, as the island is situated on a generally west-east axis, one could dive on the lee side with only minor annoyance from the northerly wind. Brac Reef Resort is one of the most accomodating places that we have stayed at. Super-friendly staff, clean, spacious rooms and well-kept grounds. The food was superb, approaching gourmet level, lots of it and much variety. The dive operation was likewise user-friendly. Spacious, well-maintained boats and the crew does everything but put you in the water. Diving the Tibbetts wreck on the windy north side, we faced one of the most challenging entry-exits we've encountered, with huge swells that wildly tossed the 46 ft boat. Ron and BJ provided careful briefings about reboarding, reassured the anxious, and got all back on board with no problems. The Tibbetts wreck was one of the best dives, with great visibility and some larger fish on the wreck. Currents caused some hatch doors to swing back and forth, emitting eerie, audible creaking noises. Wilderness Wall was arguably the most spectacular dive, with many swim-throughs and beautiful corals and sponges. We saw no turtles or sharks, but others reported sightings. Because of the wind, dive sites were limited during our stay, but those that we saw generally ranked up there with most in the region. One can also explore the island by foot, bike or car. We opted for the latter (drive on the left!), hiking various trails, exploring the bluffs on the east end, and investigating several caves, which are home to numerous bats. The island is more developed than Little Cayman, with a suprisingly large airport. Cayman Airways will charge you for excess weight, so pack accordingly. Brac Reef Resort seems to be the only major operation on the island now, as Divi Tiara shut down unexpectedly in October and is boarded up. We much enjoyed our stay here, encountering no significant problems.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 110 ft limit, downtime limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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