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Dive Review of Conch Club Divers/Conch Club Condominiums in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Conch Club Divers/Conch Club Condominiums, Jun, 2005,

by Steven Andrew Dingeldein, NC, United States . Report 1760.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Belize, Hawaii, Bonaire, Grand Turk, Grand Bahamas, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 foot max, back with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat is dive friendly. The rinse the cameras with fresh water hose and have a nice sized table for cameras on the boat.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our fourth trip as a family to Little Cayman diving with Conch Club Divers. They are my favorite of many great dive ops in the Caribbean. Bill Christoffers (owner), Tim Jackson, and Ann Walther work together well and OBVIOUSLY still enjoy diving and it shows. They are funny, informative and helpful. Please do not try to outwit Tim especially, because you wont win. That doesnt mean I didnt try, nevertheless.

We dived 3 dives a day for 8 days with great weather, very good visibility and saw a ton of stuff. They pick up your gear when you arrive, take it to the boat and change the gear for you between dives. They have a wonderful 42 Newton dive boat with a good sized camera table. You take your fins and mask to the back of boat, sit down on some benches and they slip your bc on. Up you stand and giant stride away.

Bill likes the big stuff in the ocean better and Tim and Ann like the little stuff better so it is great to go with all of them on different sites. Tim is the expert Pike blenny finder and headshield sea slugs (moving dots of dirt) and both Tim and Ann find pipefish Id simply pass over as sea trash if I wasnt with them.

We saw the usual Caribbean stuff, but so many little things that I dove mostly with a macro 60mm lens. We saw an octopus out in the open feeding which allowed me to get some great photos, manta rays, southern sting rays. There seems, to my eye, to have been a decline in the number of Green Morays in the Caymans over time but saw a few spotted morays. Turtles are plentiful as are nurse sharks and we saw one reef shark.

We got to tour the island with Linton Tibbets whose son Dan own the Little Cayman Beach Resort. We stayed at the Conch Club Condos which are still in good shape though the unit we stayed in is due a paint job and new carpet. They still provide bikes to ride back and forth between Conch Club and the LC Beach resort but now you have to lock your bike. That is good as I actually had a bike in good working order with gears that actually worked. Bill, Tim and Ann were great about carting me and my 19 pound camera back and forth as I needed. The food at Bird of Paradise restaurant is still quite good. There was a new chef that has introduced some more variation to their food. The last 2 years the burgers at the Hungry Iguana have been quite good and worth it for a change of scene.

I cant say enough good things about Conch Club Divers. If you want great diving with a great dive op on a wonderful old Caribbean island with good food and good service head to Little Cayman. I have stayed at the Little Cayman Beach Resort, The Club and Conch Club Condos. All are great.
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