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Dive Review of Conch Club Divers/Paradise Villas in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Conch Club Divers/Paradise Villas, Apr, 2006,

by Blue McRight/Warren Wagner, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 2435.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, N.A. and Catalina Island, CA, USA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 180 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth 100' on all dives. 500 psi required at end of dive. Usually 50 minutes bottom time with optional 10 extra minutes if extra minutes were at safety stop depth. 45 minute min. SIT. Roll call taken before leaving dock and after every dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Paradise Villas is a lovely and immaculate group of five duplex bungalows located steps from the sea. The peace and tranquility of the location is amazing. Near the tiny airport but not a problem at all. Marc and Sabine, our hosts, made us feel very welcome. Bikes provided to all guests for island exploration which includes world-class birdwatching. There is wi-fi for checking email, etc. Tasty lunches and dinners served at the on-site restaurant, the Hungry Iguana. Friday night bbq at Southern Cross Club is fun and a good deal. We made breakfast and lunch for ourselves, buying groceries at a small store within easy walking distance of the Villas. US$ accepted. To our amazement there is no crime on the island. Paradise Villas lost their dive boat in the last storm so all guests dive with Conch Club Divers. Transportation to their dock is provided - easy and fast. Dive boat is a beautiful Newton 42' Dive Special, the "Sea-Esta". Completely equipped with high quality safety and communication gear, shade, marine head, and snacks. 20 divers max. but we never had that many; our max. was 14 and plenty of room for all. A.M. 2-tank dives with optional afternoon dive. We did every afternoon dive - like having a private charter with only 4-6 divers! Divemasters were excellent - professional and thorough with a great sense of humor, very knowledgeable about dive sites, fish, and coral. They set up and assist you with your scuba unity and rinse it at the end of each day, with a room provided for overnight wetsuit storage. Excellent illustrated briefings made navigating the phenomenal underwater topography easy. In 8 days of diving we dove the spectacular north sites (Bloody Bay Wall/Jackson Wall) all but 2 days (due to wind and currents). Some damage to reefs due to heavy use, especially at swim-throughs. Less visited southern sites were also great. Saw reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, southern and yellow stingrays, shortfin pipefish, juvenile queen triggerfish, goliath grouper, many turtles and spiny lobsters, indigo and shy hamlets, peppermint basslets, diamond and sailfin blennies, southern sennet, batwing coral crab, purple crowned sea goddes, green, yellowtail, and spotted moray eels, many barracuda, and lots of other things. We would definitely go back and would stay and dive with the same folks!
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