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

Conch Club Divers/Conch Club Condominiums, Jul, 2007,

by Mark Rizzo, TX, United States ( 2 reports). Report 4250.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 1 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 4 stars
Comments This was our third visit to Little Cayman using Conch Club Divers. Our group has five families with a total of 8 kids, 7 of whom are certified divers.

I've dove for over 30 years. Tim and Ann with Conch Club Divers run the best land-based dive operation I've ever used. Bar none. Our group charters their boat, the Sea Esta, for the entire week. The diving on Bloody Bay is the best in the Caribbean (and I’ve dived virtually every Caribbean destination). The healthy reef, vertical wall, flat warm water and 100+ foot visibility is the perfect combination for both experienced and young divers. Eagle rays, nurse sharks, eels, lobster, upside down jelly fish, puppy-dog-friendly groupers, southern sting rays, squid, octopi and the occasional reef shark and seahorse are just a few of the things you’re likely to see.

Each family rents a condo at Conch Club Condos. They are large, well appointed and in reasonably good shape. Each is right on the beach with gorgeous views from the living room and master. A dock jutting out 50 feet from shore with hammocks is the perfect evening gathering place to chat, smoke Cuban cigars and marvel at the Milky Way.
We bring much of own food (especially frozen meat and cheese in coolers) and wine (dining on the island is limited and groceries are 3X to 5X US prices). We leverage the kitchens in the condos for BBQ's on the beach, etc.

Conch Club Condos are managed by the Little Cayman Beach Resort; a meal plan is available there. However it is expensive and not very memorable (I’m being kind). The one true restaurant on the island, The Hungry Iguana, is run by Marc Pothier and his lovely wife, Sabine. Island fare and burgers there are excellent.

Little Cayman is an absolutely awesome destination for families to dive and safely explore the sparsely populated island. There are no cheesy t-shirt shops and thankfully, not a single souvenir shop on the island. The kids are safe roaming the entire island on their own and will often swim / walk / kayak over to Owen Island during the afternoon. Bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation.

The only real challenge on this trip is getting from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman on Cayman Express. Little Cayman has no landing lights and most flights from the US arrive in Grand Cayman mid to late afternoon. With only a small time window to get passengers, dive gear, food coolers, etc. to Little Cayman on their Twin Otter service before dark, Cayman Express has its challenges (and plenty of opportunities for improvement). Expect only about half of your bags to arrive that first evening, with the remainder trickling in during the next day. Pack essentials in a carry on for that first night. Tim and Ann graciously hold the boat until everyone’s gear arrives that first diving day (or secure rental gear) so that no one loses a day of diving because of Cayman Express.

The return is not an issue because Cayman Express has all day to get your bags to Grand Cayman before your flight home. They’ll often start ferrying your bags back the afternoon before your departure day.

That said, there is no possible better family vacation for those who want great diving for the adults, easy diving for the kids and a true "get away from the rat race" destination without hoards of people and the typical island tourist trappings.

Ann and Tim at Conch Club Divers are the center point of this great annual trek for our group. I highly recommend their operation.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Galapagos, Red Sea, Cozumel, Belize, Bay Islands, Flower Gardens, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85-87°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80-125 Ft/ 24-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft ... no time limits
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera table on boat, great service from Tim and Ann getting cameras in and out of the water. Photo shop at dock.
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