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

Little Cayman Beach Resort, Apr, 2012,

by Glen Schostak, NJ, US ( 1 report). Report 6504.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Honduras, Virgin Islands, Palau, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Saint Martin, Puerto Rico, Kauai, Saint Lucia, Cancun, Grand Cayman, and other locations in the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Reef Divers was fairly specific about the profile they wanted you to dive, but I found that during the course of the week they were letting me dive as I wanted due to experience level. That being said, I was shooting video and not going below 80ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The dive shop had large fresh water rinse tanks for cameras right outside the shop. The boats all had camera tables with two levels but no fresh water rinse tanks. Camera's where handed to you after you entered the water by dive master.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was looking for a new location in the Caribbean to dive and had always heard of the Bloody Bay Wall. Had been to Grand Cayman four times over the last 20 years and it was getting a bit worn and tired so one more plane ride to Little Cayman was probably a good investment in time. I couldn't have been more right. First, the Little Cayman Beach Resort was much better than I anticiapted. Clean, nicely laid out, great service attitude by all the staff, really nice rooms for a dive resort and the food was some of the best I have had on any dive trip around the world! The professional dive staff was friendly, accomodating and personal.

I signed up for three dives a day with Nitrox. Two morning dives and one afternoon dive. The boat(s) leave the dock at 8am from the South side where the resort is (the dock,boats and dive shop are right at the resort)to head to the North side where Bloody Bay & Jackson Reef marine parks are located. You come back to the resort after the second dive for lunch before going back out at 1:50pm.

The first dive confirmed what I had hoped.....healthy reefs with lots of marine life. Each subsequent dive confirmed the quality of the reefs and walls. Even though the walls in some locations drop to 6000 ft. you really don't need to go below 80ft as there is very little going on below that. The range of diving was enough for any die hard to enjoy for a week. Shear walls, great reefs in 40 to 20 feet of water, little current, many tunnels and swim throughs, lots of fish and turtles, very friendly groupers (some would let you touch them....they were like puppy dogs following you around and swimming close and brushing up against you). A couple of times we didn't dive at some sites due to current, but it didn't look like more than 2 to 3 knots so for expereinced divers not an issue. The boat captain was always looking for the least current to suit all levels of divers. The dive plan was fairly rigid regarding depth and bottom time......but I found they were pretty flexible for me. First one in and last one out but always within 60 minuites so no issues.

The dive staff on the boat brings your your equipment while you are seated on the aft of the boat moored at the dive site. When you return, they take your equipment off of you, put in in location where you started and change the tank for you. I wasn't used to this level of service and it took a few days to get accustomed to it.

Every dive had something interesting and different. I saw the largest turtle I have ever seen in the Caribbean (almost 5 ft in length) sitting on a sandy bottom covered with sand. As I approached very slowly (with my video camera running) he slowly started accending with the sand drifting off his shell in a trail of sand. Great shot!

Some sites had nice schools of fish, always the friendly grouper and although I didn't see them, half the dives had a shark or two in the area.

My buddy and I were a bit smitted on the first day of diving. The entire dive crew and captain were all very good looking women. What a nice surpise ;-) Day two one of the women was replaced by a guy and by day three it was just one woman with day four all guys. In reality it didn't matter as everyone was friendly and helpful. But a beautiful all girl crew is what dreams are made of......

There are fresh water tanks for rinsing your wet suit, booties, etc right outside of the drying room for your wet suits. No need to bring your wet suit to your room. Your BCD and regulator/computer stayed on board the boat (no issues leaving equipment on board over night). Nitrox fills are looged and labled the night before your dive, they bring the tanks to the right boat and hook up your gear. Everything was flawless.

The resort is well run, the bartenders are fun and personal. They remember who you are quickly and what you like to drink. The dining room has a screened in porch and inside seating in air conditioning. All meals are buffet style with lots of variety. Breakfast includes an omlet station for made to order omlets. Lunch was a big spread and lots of deserts. Dinner was more so with even more desert. The wine list had a good range of wine and prices where reasonable. I gained weight on this trip and usualyy I loose a couple of pounds. Spoke with the Chef a few times and talked about his food delivery (Wednesdays by barge and one weekly air shipment of vegetables). All the food was very good with great homemade soups for dinner and lots of variety of meats, poultry and fish. The sauces where particularly good.

Over all, this was one of the best dive resorts I have been to and to top it off the value is extremely good.

The rooms are evrything from beach front to pool side and bar side in a two story configuration. I had a room on the second floor (the dive staff will pick up your equipment daily from the front of your room)over looking the bar. I'm not a late night person so I was a bit worried about the noise, but the bar settled down every night by 10pm so no worries.

There is a nice pool, hot tub, deck with lounge chairs and a sandy beach with palm trees. No real swimming off the beach as it is rocky and has sea weed.

My only request would have been for the resort to offer two afternoon boat dives instead of one.....but I survived on three dives a day. There are night dives two days a week after dinner based on interest by the divers.

There is not much to do on this island. It was fine with me as I was editing videos at night......but for those that want a diversity of restaurants and bars this is not the place to go.

I plan on returning as it was a great experience from a resort and dive trip standpoint.
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