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

Little Cayman Beach Resort: "Little Cayman Beach Resort - Outstanding as Usual", Jun, 2016,

by Lenny Zwik, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9002 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I've dove in Little Cayman over two dozen times, all but the last two visits on the liveaboards Little Cayman Diver I and II. The last two visits were my first ever land based trips. Diving during my first visit in November, 2014 was confined to the south side of the island due to a week long Nor'wester that precluded diving in Bloody Bay. This visit, as luck would have it, had me arriving in the middle of a tropical depression and monsoon. I thought for sure that since the resort was on the south side and the winds were >20kn from the south that all diving would be canceled, but fortunately the winds died down a bit and we were able to get out and around to the north (lee) side of the island. Although the trip to Bloody Bay and Jackson Bight was rough, once there it was flat calm. Things died down as the week progressed.We only lost one afternoon dive, although I did extend my stay an extra 3 days just in case the weather didn't improve.

All that said, this is valet diving. Tanks were delivered to the appropriate boat after we analyzed and marked them. Our gear was set up, brought to you on the dive platform before each dive and we were helped aboard. Visibility ranged from 60 to over 100 feet depending on the site and whether we were over the wall, better, or in the sandy areas.

That said, LCBR has one of the slickest Nitrox facilities I've seen. You walk over to the fill house, attach a yoke to which an analyzer and pressure gauge are connected, open the tank valve and wait for the analyzer to settle. You take a piece of blue tape, make your initials and the initials of your boat and then record the O2 %age, MOD, and sign on your own Nitrox log. Fills were consistently 3100 at 31%. They do charge $10 per Nitrox tank, but they've made a significant investment in the facility so I'm not begrudging the charge.

Food was plentiful and excellent with quite the variety at each meal. The bar, pool and hot tub were conveniently located and the dive shop and docks a two minute stroll from the rooms. The resorts boasts 4, 42' Newtons and 1 46' Newton, all in excellent shape.

I seem to think that the numbers of tropical fish may be down from previous visits, but the reefs and coral look to be very healthy with way fewer lion fish than I expected. The resort was celebrating World Wide Ocean Day during my stay and I learned from some people working at the marine station that they were conducting an experiment to see if culling lion fish changed their behavior, forcing them down into deeper waters.

About the only improvements I'd suggest is greater availability of night dives. They are available only on Tues. and only if enough divers sign up. It was too rough to go out at night the Tuesday I was there and I left the following Wed. so couldn't dive at night.
Websites Little Cayman Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat, widespread Caribbean, BVI
Closest Airport Edwin Bodden Getting There Austin to Atlanta to Grand Cayman to Little Cayman

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Although we were free to go off on our own, with a buddy, the divemasters wanted us to limit bottom time to 60 mins which is actually very short there given that if your air consumption is average, you can easily dive to 100' then make your way up the wall and spend 30 mins in 30 feet or less.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
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 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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