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

Little Cayman Beach Resort: "Easy diving in a lively reef", Feb, 2017,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9496 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport Little Cayman Getting There Frequent flights from Grand Cayman; easy to get to from continental US

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Advertised profile was Dive 1 110'/50min; Dives 2 and 3 60'/60 min. Actual enforced profile was much more relaxed and we typically dove 60-70 minutes each dive. Depth not much reason to argue with those goals.
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Minimal macro on our trip; mostly fish portrait opportunities. SUPER high visibility made wide-angle shots easy. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Descending into the clear 80-degree waters at Mixing Bowl, my dive buddy Jan pointed out a beautiful Scrawled Filefish cruising by. At least thats what I thought she was pointing out, until I saw the Nurse Shark swinging by to give us a quick once-over, before revealing a Green Sea Turtle munching on the reef. It was a very nice way to start the morning, and to start our adventure at Little Cayman Beach Resort.

After a week of diving, we racked up a total of 17 dives, almost always current-free in 80 degree water (+/- 1 degree) with amazingly clear visibility (80-100' on most dives). On the reef, we found a diverse population of fish. There were frequent pairs of Banded Butterflyfish, Blue Tangs, and French Angels, along with shy 4-eye Butterflys. Schoolmasters congregated on large coral heads, both by themselves and in small and large schools. Brightly colored Fairy Basslets brazenly confronted us at every turn.

Crustaceans were also well-represented, from little anemone shrimp the size of a grain of rice (rare, but there were a few anenomes), Pederson cleaners, to enormous 2-foot-long lobsters roaming around in the middle of the day. Near shore was a hard-pan surface, crawling with enormous conch and hermit crabs pretending to be conch. On the sand bottom between shore and the walls, we found gardens of Garden Eels as well as frequent Southern Sting Rays, each being shadowed by a jack (usually a Blue Runner), and the occasional eagle ray cruising through.

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By Ryan Black in MI, US at Mar 20, 2017 19:53 EST  
Very comprehensive review. My wife and I were there between Christmas and New Years this year. Our dive times were closer to the suggested 60 minutes, but that wasn't a big deal for us. One thing your review doesn't really mention is your take on the food. I found that a bit strange in an otherwise complete review -- all the more so because you rate it only 3/5. We thought it to be very good to excellent. Lots of choices and the homemade desserts were divine. Just curious what you didn't like about it.
By Jan Trumbo in AZ, US at Mar 21, 2017 16:17 EST  
Ryan thanks for the comments. I left my comments out mostly because we're there for the diving, and not the food, so I didn't think it was nearly as important. They do a great job (and have a great wait staff) for what they have to work with: lots of divers who want to eat very fast 3 times a day based on food that has to be shipped in with no local supply. But on an absolute scale, it was more cafeteria than restaurant. The fish was never very edible; the desserts were overly sweet and bulky. I wouldn't go there for the food, but it certainly was edible and they try hard.
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