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Dive Review of PARADISE DIVERS/PARADISE VILLAS in
Cayman Islands/LITTLE CAYMAN

PARADISE DIVERS/PARADISE VILLAS, Feb, 2004,

by EARL E. CARPENTER, IL, USE . Report 941.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving OUR GROUP OF 6 TO 8 DIVERS TAKES A YEARLY TRIP THE FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY. IN 4 YEARS WHE HAVE BEEN TO GRAND CAYMAN, BELIEZE, GRAND TURK, AND THIS YEAR TO LITTLE CAYMAN.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]GENERALLY EVERY DIVE WAS ABOUT 100 FEET AND WORKING OUR WAY BACK UP THE WALL. THEY WANTED US ABOARD WITH 500 LBS OF AIR, BUT NO ONE CHECKED OUR TANKS.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments LITTLE CAYMAN
We were a group of six guys with dive experience ranging from as few as a dozen to several hundred dives, on our yearly dive outing. We chose Little Cayman for its reputation as one of the premiere dive spots in the Caribbean. And we certainly were not disappointed. From the grass runway, the 55 lb. weight limits and the airlines attitude of “We like to fly and your luggage will arrive sometime,” this was the place to kick back and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” there is no rat race here. The island is a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy life and diving at its very best.

PARADISE VILLAS paradisevillas.com
We chose Paradise Villas because “Undercurrent” said it was the best, and they certainly were right. We always had the feeling that Marc and Sabine were always there just for us --- their service was always beyond what we expected. They made special arrangements for breakfast for 6 guys who can’t eat their own cooking in the villas, the luggage and dive equipment was picked up or left at the front door when arriving or departing, and rooms were always cleaned when we were away diving, service was always there. And, the Hungry Iguana was the restaurant where the locals chose to eat… where Anu made every meal a special event. Paradise Villas definitely lived up to their accolades in the Dive Magazines as the #1 Dive Resort in the Caribbean.

PARADISE DIVERS paradise-divers.com
This is the dive operation of Paradise Villas and they are equal to the #1 rating as well. They have a large flat bottom boat, which is very fast and very stable in rough waters, unlike some of the v-bottom cattle boats that others operate on the island. We never had over 9 divers on a boat that could handle 14 or more. Our dives were handled by Rod and Vince, who alternated between Divemaster and Captain. Their knowledge of the dive sites, the marine life and the safety of all the divers was excellent. They handled all the dive equipment from the time we arrived on the island until we left. A couple days we traveled further than all the other dive operations just to get to a dive site, which was in calmer water, they were always looking for ways to maximize our diving experience in Little Cayman. We were definitely in the hands of Pros, not three month escapees from the cold winter snows.

THE BLOODY WALL
This is truly one of the best dive locations in the Caribbean. The magnificence of the wall and the premiere condition of the corals makes the extra time flying out from Grand Cayman well worth it. The fish life was varied and plentiful and turtles were present on just about every dive. We were fortunate to see a pair of Flying Gunards on one of our dives and also “Jerri the Grouper” came to swim with us on another occasion. In four days of diving we didn’t have a dive that wasn’t beyond our expectations. It’s great to see the condition of these reefs and also the care that those on the island are giving to their valuable asset.

If you want to experience the best in the Caribbean, you must visit Paradise Villas and Paradise Divers on Little Cayman. This is an experience you well want to repeat as our group well do soon on our yearly dive outing.
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