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

Brac Scuba Shack/Caribe Sands : "Concierge diving with Personality Plus", Oct, 2017,

by Bob Brinson, NC, US ( 1 report). Report 9956.

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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Brac Scuba Shack is a family dive operation providing true concierge diving with Personality Plus on their 36 foot Newton boats. Within weather limits Capt. Stewart took us wherever we wanted to go including Bloody Bay Wall at Little Cayman. We dove the week primarily with our group of seven divers but easily accommodated another local couple for a few dives with us. BSS limits the number of divers to 10 providing lots of room on a very stable platform. We had daily encounters with lots of grouper, turtles and Black Tipped C. Reef sharks off in the blue. On the macro side DM Caz was amazing in finding juvenile drum, secretary blennies, lettuce sea slugs, cyphomas and other critters. The corals were showing a bit of bleaching due to the same warm waters that caused recent hurricane activity. Hopefully the corals will come back as the colder weather arrives. We stayed at the Caribe Sands so it is just a short walk down the dock to where the dive boats are tied up. Our gear went on the boat on the first morning and stayed there through the entire trip with a daily fresh water rinse. Caz and Stewart have perfected the valet diving system started by Martin and Liesel many years ago at Brac Reef: take a seat with your fins, here's your gear. BSS is not a resort so it takes a little more effort to put together a week's diving, lodging and meals. However co-owner Liesel is more than willing to help with the arrangements. There are several very good restaurants on the island including Brac Reef Resort (another fine dive operation among several in the sister islands) that has great food and a terrific bar just down the road. They will run a tab on your credit card for the week. On a Caribbean scale the Brac has a multitude of fish, good visibility and generally good diving weather all year round. Unlike many places in the Caribbean the reefs are still healthy and the island has remained relatively unchanged since the 1980's when I first dived there. Brac Scuba Shack was a great private diving experience for our small group.
Websites Brac Scuba Shack   Caribe Sands

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Micronesia, Caribbean, Bahamas, Honduras, Belize, ABC's, North Carolina Atlantic
Closest Airport (GCM) Owen Roberts International Getting There Direct from Charlotte NC through GCM Owen Roberts connect with Cayman Air to Cayman Brac

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi back on board; dive within MOD for EAN mix
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Ratings are on a Caribbean scale. Although there aren't dedicated camera tubs on board, the set up and care of our camera equipment was extremely satisfactory because there is just a lot of room to work on it on board and the staff treated it gingerly.
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