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

Conch Club Divers/Paradise Villas, Apr, 2007,

by Michael Zagachin, MA, USA . Report 3281.

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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is our 6th time on Little Cayman with Paradise Divers at Paradise Villas. Every time we go somewhere else, I wonder why we even bothered. Combination of Paradise Villas accommodations with Little Cayman diving is nothing less than perfect diving vacation. Stunning wall diving, peaceful setting, terrific views, great food and friendly locals makes it the very best. Mantas, whale sharks and giant squid on every dive could have certainly spiced it a bit, but other than that diving is incredible. Light or no currents, great visibility and abundant marine life with nurse sharks, turtles, eagle rays, moray and spotted eels, and lobsters make up for the lack of really big stuff.
Paradise Villas IMHO is the best accommodations on the island if you are after comfortable and spacious efficiency unit with stunning views, superb room service and quiet surroundings. Ocean is the only noise you will hear. If you are after nightlife, you are on the wrong island. We usually had breakfast and lunch on the porch of our unit. The convenience store is next to the resort. Dinners are at Hungry Iguana restaurant on the premises and the food is delicious. Managers of Paradise Villas Marc and Sabine take such a good care of all your needs that you feel like an old friend. I am not sure if the word NO even exists in their vocabulary.
Paradise Divers lately combined their operation with Conch Club Divers. Conch Club Divers uses very comfortable uncrowded 42' Newton boat, with head, fresh water and camera table. Regulators and BCs are staying on the boat, and wetsuites, fins, masks are stored in the shed at the end of the pier. Ann is arguably the best divemaster you ever wish to have, although I may be biased. We dive with her since our first visit and trying to make sure she is on the island when we come. Bill, the boat owner and divemaster runs precise operation. Atmosphere on the boat is very easy, laid back, full of jokes and laughter, but everything works like clockwork.
I am not writing much about the diving. There is a lot written about Little Cayman diving elsewhere. In our opinion it is better than anywhere WE have been in the Caribbean, Australia, Thailand, Bali. Cayman Islands are not cheap, but that is exactly why it is so good. You are getting what you paid for. I just hope it stays that way for years to come.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Saba, Statia, Curacao, Grand Turk, Thailand, Bali, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 78-0°F / 26--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet, 1 hour
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 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
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