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Dive Review of Brac Scuba Shack in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

Brac Scuba Shack: "Shore Diving on the Brac", Jul, 2018,

by Bill Goodwin, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 10440.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was my 16th trip to Cayman Brac for the express purpose of shore diving. I rent tanks and weights and buoy (required) from Brac Scuba Shack where Liesel, Martin and their excellent staff are super helpful and knowledgeable. Brac Reef rents tanks for shore diving too but they are mostly geared to people staying at the dive resort. Both Scuba Shack and Brac Reef offer boat dives (even to Little Cayman when conditions allow) and that's the way to go for most wall diving here. You can swim out to the wall from many shore entry spots but it's a lot of swimming. Shore diving here is mostly about friendly reef life, especially eagle rays and groupers, with some fairly healthy coral on the mid-depth reefs and healthy populations of parrotfish, snappers, grunts, barracuda
and most of the other usual suspects. Viz these days is typically between 60 and 90 feet, currents usually zero to negligible, but toward the east end there is more chance of a current.

To eat you have a handful of places available if you don't buy groceries at one of the three well-stocked stores and cook in one of the VBRO rental houses where we always stay. Taco Tuesday at Captains Table features cheap and delicious tacos created by owner Caesar from Mexico City. His daily menu is enticing and Brac Reef has a serviceable kitchen and a good bar. If you are brave, there are several "locals" places such as Sasha's new place on the south road (Name has Tiger in it I believe), Aunt Sha's place, Pat's place and the delis in each of the grocery stores will take care of you. PoPo Jebs will take care of your pizza needs and Barry's Jerk chicken (weekends only) takes you to Kingston in a culunary way.There are other places tucked in the sea grapes but discovery is always fun so cruise the island.
Honestly, the diving is so easy and pretty with enough highlights to keep your attention that the so-so diversity of reef life won't disappoint you too badly.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Lembeh Strait, Maui, Monterey (CA), Channel Islands (CA), Southern CA Coast, Cabo, Gulf of Calif, Alabama, South Florida, Costa Rica, San Blas Is (Panama), Bonaire, Cayman Brac, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada, Carriacou, Bequia, Roatan, Cozumel, Aquarius Undersea Lab (FL Keys), Denver Aquarium
Closest Airport West End Getting There Cayman Airways from Grand Cayman or from Miami (direct on Saturdays), many airlines fly into Grand Cayman.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-90 Ft/ 18-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only one tank per diver rented at a time. No solo diving unless solo certified with bailout bottle. Complete freedon for shore diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments on your own although most rental homes have rinse tank provisions. BTW, One of my photos taken here won first place (a liveaboard) in a major u/w contest some years back, so you can definitely find good subjects and conditions. It certainly is the only place a pigmy frog fish ever landed on my head from an overhanging bit of reef!
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