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Dive Review of Paridise Divers/Paradise Villas in
Cayman Islands/Little Caymsn

Paridise Divers/Paradise Villas, Dec, 2004,

by Mike Hynan, wi, usa (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 1531.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Lake Michigan, San Juan Islands, WA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 ft, 1 hr, 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My wife and I made our 4th January visit in 2005. Fortunately, Paradise Villas was only slightly damaged by Ivan, which actually added much more beach in front of the villas. Before Ivan hit, they sent the dive boat over to Grand Cayman. After Ivan, only Banana Wind's hull was salvagable. New motors were bought, so BW was in service for our visit. But it was missing the old canopy superstructure, so our rides were a little wetter. We arrived on Jan. 3 as the winds died down somewhat, so we were able to travel to the N (Bloody Bay) side for each trip. The reefs appear largely undamaged by Ivan on both sides of LC. As usual Vince, Rod, and Marc made every trip wonderful. We saw our first seahorse diving on the Gay's reef site on the S. side and Jerry was there to greet us at Marilyn's Cut.

The Villas were as comfortable as ever, although some food selections were in short supply at both the grocery store and Hungry Iguana. Ivan's clean-up also led to a more decorative and functional arrangement of stones in front of the villas. I also figured out how to catch bone fish this trip. No expensive gear is required. I used a medium spining rod and about 10-12 lb. test. Squid can be bought at the grocery store. I used a #4 hook with splitshot 12-18 inches above. A smaller piece of squid (about 1/2 in wide) cast on the sand flats close to the bouys N. of the Villas will catch different species. About every 5th bite was a bone fish. Hold on!

We will return as we cannot imagine a better dive vacation. If you know the people at Paradise Villas, you will find a pleasant surprise.
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