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Dive Review of Dive Divi Tiara/Divi Tiara Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac, Little Cayman

Dive Divi Tiara/Divi Tiara Beach Resort, Jun, 2005,

by Jerre B. Sadler, Florida, USA . Report 1754.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Yap & Palau, Fiji, Cozumel, Bahamas, Roatan, Cay Sal, Dry Tortugas, Florida, Fla. Keys, North Carolina, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft. w/out computers, 110 ft. w/computers, common sense safety stops, no gloves/no reef contact, 500 psi back on boat, shallow dives on last dive day.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No dedicated camera area on board boats, camera rinse tank on board, crew very attentive with cameras, excellent facilities for film processing at resort and Barbie(photo pro) always available to help and to produce very good dive videos and stills.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 3d year in a row staying at Divi Tiara Beach Resort on Cayman Brac and diving with their dive operation, and as before it was a pleasure to be at a really well-run dive resort. They are almost recovered from Hurricane Ivan's visit last year, having only to finish the check in area and fill station at the end of the dock. This area will also include the gear drying rooms and storage area. A shortage of dependable construction personnel on the Brac has caused the rebuilding process to take longer than it should have but everything should be up and running by the end of July '05. Managers Max and Liz's customer service ethic is first and foremost at Divi Tiara and is reflected throughout the staff at the resort from housekeeping to maintenance to the restaurant and to the dive operation. Their "can do" attitude is refreshing and reassuring. Our accomodations were clean and kept clean throughout our stay. The air conditioning was more than adequate to keep up with the Brac's humidity and the beds were comfortable but a bit lumpy. You only handle your dive gear upon arrival and departure. You use a provided mesh bag to store your gear on the boat or to carry it with you on shore dives. Everything is coordinated with your dive crew. We were assigned to the big boat(Brac Fever)which was clean, well-maintained, stable, and fast over the water. Liz and Scott were our dive crew and they happily provided as much assistance as you needed. Every dive was preceeded by an in depth(oops!) site briefing covering where to go, what to do, what to watch for and watch out for, depth and time limitations, and when to be back. Your gear has been set up for you and is brought to you at the stern prior to your dive and taken from you upon your return to be set up for the next dive. One or the other of our dive crew was always in the water with us pointing out highlights and helping where needed. Our group(Neptune's Underwater Tours} enjoyed 4 three tank dive days, with 2 two tank days, that included 3 Little Cayman trips and 3 Brac days. Night dives are available as are tanks for shore diving. Both diving and camera instruction are available during your stay. Cars can be had to tour the Brac which I recommend, as are bikes for the athletically inclined. Kayaks are available also, and fishing charters can be arranged through the resort. The food and dining facilities are excellent for breakfast,lunch, and dinner. Chef Cliff and Karen will keep you fed and entertained in the morning for breakfast and lunch, and Patricia and the remainder of the staff take care of you for dinner. You will not lose weight during your stay, unless you want to. Manager Max does a very nice welcome party to let everyone know what to expect from the resort during your stay. He also does one slide show mid- week and another one later with slides shot by guests and by Barbie, of guests. The outside bar is available for post-dive and later libations, and the karaoke can be loud and late. This was my wife's third visit to Cayman Brac and my 9th visit to the Caymans overall. Divi Tiara Beach Resort is an affordable, comfortable, friendly, and professionally run operation that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to visit the Brac. Cayman Air did far better this time meeting schedules and getting all the luggage here. The next time my wife and I return to the Brac it will be to stay at Divi Tiara Beach Resort.
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