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

Conch Club/Paradise Villas, Jan, 2006,

by Michael Hynan, wi, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 2345.

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 My wife, Lauren and I, recently completed our 5th annual January stay at Paradise Villas in Little Cayman, diving with Conch Club Divers. We keep coming back to PV because we know that Marc and Sabine will provide a guaranteed good time. The villas continue to be spotless, and the food has maintained its excellent standards at the Hungry Iguana. We especially enjoyed meeting Bob and Deb Walker from Portland, OR and expect to continue our acquaintance whenever we visit the West Coast. Bob was especially helpful to me in teaching me to find the movements of the large school of bonefish that were congregating in the flats up the beach. I suspect that they were spawning because the school was in the hundreds and fishing was excellent (full moon). On five of our seven dive trips we were able to make it to the North shore, but diving on the South shore is not shabby. We have been spoiled. We enjoyed diving with Tim, Paul, Bill (owner), and Ann (Conch Club Divers), but in general there were more divers and less personal care than our previous experiences with Paradise Divers. We missed the sharp eyes of Paradise Divers dive masters Vince and Rod that we had gotten accustomed to on previous trips, as well as their genial manners. But we know that people must move on. (Although, there was a rumor that Rod might return from the cold of Canada.) Conch Club is a class operation and did a good job of accommodating requests for certain dive sites. The head and fresh warm water were nice. Ann has a good eye for spotting small stuff, and all of the crew are very friendly. Sea-Esta is a 42 ft. Newton with camera table. Divers bring only mask and fins to the stern for entry. A crew member brings over the tank and weights for an easy entry. At the end of the dive simply climb the ladder, turn around, and sit. One of the crew will remove your BC and attach it to a fresh tank. Dive briefings were informative with a map of each dive site providing a nice visual before entry. Dive briefings also resembled a vaudeville act with much witty bantering among the crew. One of the Conch Club crew picked us up at Paradise Villas and provided transportation to and from the dive boat, located at Little Cayman Beach Resort.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Florida Keys, Lake Michigan, Peuget Sound, San Juan Islands (WA)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75-120 Ft/ 23-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft, 1 hr.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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