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Dive Review of Divi Dive/Divi Tiara Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

Divi Dive/Divi Tiara Resort, Jun, 2003,

by Jerre B. Sadler, Florida, USA . Report 509.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Yap, Fiji, Red Sea, Yucatan, Cozumel, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Dry Tortugas, Florida, N. Carolina.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 ft. 1st dive, 60 ft. 2d dive. Computers encouraged along w/ common sense. Safety stops after every dive. No deep dives on last day before flying out. Wear at least a skin to protect yourself from Sea Itch and normal bumps and scrapes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots 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 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse tank provided for cameras only, crew sensitive to photogs needs, no work area provided on board, film supplies and processing provided on site, instruction available if needed, rentals available, videos and slides available for purchase, slide and video shows during week in evening.

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 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My 5th visit to the Cayman Islands, my 1st staying with Divi Resorts, hotel staff are top notch and sensitive to their guest's needs, food quality and quantity are excellent from breakfast through lunch to supper, no "turista" here, dive operation from the well-appointed boats to the on-shore staff and the on-board crew are excellent and very helpful at all times, equipment repair and rental is available, camera and computer rentals are available, film processing and camera repair is available, resort management staff are always on site (ask for Max) and are very concerned for their guest's needs and satisfaction. Our boat crew consisted of Canadian captain Ken and Brit dive master Richard and they made it their mission to ensure that our Central Florida dive group (Neptune's Underwater Tours) dove the best sites with the best conditions available. Each site was described in detail by our boat crew w/ one or the other of them on the dive with us. We were fortunate in being able to cross to Little Cayman three times to dive the incredible Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson's Bight during our week's stay, and tanks were always available for day and night shore dives. After your arrival at the resort, you never handle your gear again during your stay. Your gear is set up on a tank for you for each dive from the boat, and you use a resort provided mesh bag to transport it for shore diving activities coordinating that with the boat crew so that your gear is back on the boat for the next day's dives. You get as much help as you want on the boat, a fresh water rinse is provided, a water cooler and ice chest is on board for fruit and snacks between dives. Car rentals are available on site or close by and an island tour is recommended to learn more about the Brac and its citizens. Sea Itch was bad while we were there so be aware of it and take whatever steps you normally take to protect yourself from it. Bugs are not a problem except at dusk if the wind is down. Going back to the Brac is always a pleasure for the diving, the locals, the relaxation, and the increasingly better quality dive resorts on the island. Excellent visibility, no currents, normally stable weather, beautiful corals and psychedelic tropicals, numerous shark and turtle sightings, and the "Big Blue" diving the walls have made me a repeat visitor for 15 years and the wife and I will be back. If power shopping is your bag, do it on Grand Cayman as you transit through. Thankfully there are not a lot of shopping opportunities on the Brac yet. There is 110v current on the island, so no converters are needed. See you on the Brac.
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