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Dive Review of Little Cayman Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Little Cayman Beach Resort, Jun, 2010,

by Lisa Vitale, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 5540.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort was fantastic! The rooms had recently been remodeled and were very nice. Food was served buffet style, there was a large variety, lots of it, and it was great. There was a large bar and a pool and hot tub (which were great after a day of diving). There are kayaks and bikes you can rent.

They had 4 very nice dive boats, each with 2 crew. The crew would have you sit on the back of the boat and bring your tank/BC to you. After the dive they would remove your tank/BC and change out the tank. The dive platform was near the water and there were two ladders. There was a freshwater rinse hose for after your dive.

At the beginning of the week they gave you a mesh bag, you placed all your dive gear in the bag and they took it to the boat on the first day. You set up your gear the first day, then left your BC/regulator setup on the boat at the end of each day. You took the rest of your gear off the boat. There were freshwater rinse tubs and a place to hang wetsuits and leave your dive gear to dry overnight.

One crew member would lead each dive if you wanted to follow. I did this a couple of times but they did not point out much so I did my own thing.

The dive operation could use some improvement. Here are a few minor issues I experienced:

1) Dive restrictions of first dive 110 feet/50 minutes, subsequent dives were 60 feet/60 minutes. We were all experienced divers using computers, we should be able to dive our computers within recreational dive limits. Although this was not strictly enforced and therefore we all did our own thing.

2) Took us to one particularly poor dive site at the beginning of the trip, I talked to them and it did not happen the rest of the week.

3) Diving is set up for two dives in the morning (8:10AM), and one in the afternoon (1:50PM). We were a group of 14 and wanted to delay the afternoon dive to 2:30, after several discussions, they finally agreed.

4) Towards mid-week when there were not as many quests, so they divided the guests among two boats instead of taking out a third boat. It was too crowded at this point. And there were still only two crew per boat.

5) Additional diving was expensive. They offered a wreck dive to Cayman Brac, a couple of night dives, and a dusk dive. The dusk/night dives were $60 each, the wreck was $30. I felt like the cost of the dusk/night dives was too much. They needed a certain number to make, when they had one less they said if everyone still wanted to go it would be an additional $10 more. If you did the wreck dive you had to forgo the two morning dives to do it, and it still cost extra.

6) Nitrox was expensive; although I do not think they had the ability to fill their own tanks and had to get the tanks from another operation which would explain the expense.

I felt the dive operation was not very flexible and was on the expensive side.

Overall, for a Caribbean, land-based trip, this is a good one, great resort, good Caribbean diving. I would not let the minor issues with the dive operation stop me from diving there again.
Websites Little Cayman Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions First dive was 110 feet/50 minutes, subsequent dives were 60 feet/60 minutes...although this was not enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a camera table, but we had to ask for a freshwater rinse bucket for our cameras.
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