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Dive Review of Brac Scuba Shack/Carib Sands Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

Brac Scuba Shack/Carib Sands Resort, Oct, 2013,

by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7432.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Brac Scuba Shack is a small operation, their boat holds 10 divers, which was great for us. No cattle boats? Yes please! We had 10 divers so the boat was ours and Phil and Roxy did a great job showing us around or letting us do our own thing. Liesel at the shop was great and helped herd the cats as we got everyone signed in and gear needs attended to. The shop is a short walk from Carib Sands Resort and we took care of the paperwork as soon as we had settled in to our rooms. Their dive boat is a newly converted 2005 Newton fishing boat. The deck is very wide with benches down each side. There are 2 seats at the dive platform where you can sit and they will bring you your BC and tank. They pull up to the dock at Carib Sands each morning , or just leave the boat docked there overnight. The gear is stored in wooden lockers at Carib Sands dock and the each morning the BC and regulator are on the tank ready to go. Nice operation, laid back but professional with no real pressure on us to limit bottom times. Roxy was great at pointing out the small stuff, sometimes having to use a magnifying glass for us to see it. Phil (Roxies lesser half by a mile) was quick with a joke or to light up your smoke but there was someplace he'd rather be...sorry channeled Billy J there for a moment. Both great people. I highly recommend a night dive if for nothing more than to see the stars like you probably have never seen them. The Milky Way was amazing. Oh also, make sure you dive the MV Keith Tibbetts, a super great wreak dive.

The resort is not a true resort, it is a collection of condo's that are privately owned and rented out. There is a new section and the original wing. Both are pretty well maintained. Our condo was in the new wing and was perfect. Appliances worked well as we made breakfast and lunch(generally) in our room. All rooms have a sitting area outside. Nice pool but it doesn't get any shade until around cocktail hour, so guess where we all congregated? The original wing units were nice as well as the rest of our group were billeted there.

Food and adult beverages are sort of expensive even by island standards. Ask around for the dinner deals. Edd's Jerked Chicken is a cool place set up outside of a retail spot. You sit outside and eat great chicken cooked by Edd, the front desk at the Carib Sands can help steer you to these sorts of deals. Friday night is buffet night at the Brac Reef Resort, good food at a reasonable price including entertainment.. They also have great burgers and some of the best Jerked wings around. There was also a little cafe past Edd's. We never made it in but our neighbor eat every meal there and said it was great. We checked out the prices and they were very reasonable but it was a bit cute for us.
Websites Brac Scuba Shack   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean, Maui, US East Coast, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 4 pieces of Lion fish Ceviche made by Roxie from the lion fish harvest the day before.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments General Carib critters to take pictures of. I focused (pun intended) on smaller critters bagging a few blennys and some shrimp. If you need a picture of a grouper this is the place for it, you almost have to push them out of your way, reminds me of Cozumel 20 years ago. The boat is large and there is room for camera gear. There is a camera table spot but it is in the dry portion of the boat so I didn't use it. I carry a soft sided cooler so I can keep my Nauticam housed Nikon in its own little bath tub with fresh water supplied by the crew each morning. The crew handled my gear carefully and in the way I showed them. That's all I need.
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