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Dive Review of Reef DIvers/Brac Reef Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

Reef DIvers/Brac Reef Resort, Jul, 2006,

by Tripp Jones MD, South Carolina, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 71 reports with 27 Helpful votes). Report 2600.

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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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center of Columbia, S.C., brought 17 divers for a week (July 22-29, 2006). Brac Reef is the "sister" resort of Little Cayman Beach Resort on Little Cayman. The resort is nice, with a pool and the food was excellent, even on a buffett line. Service at the resort is good and overall Brac Reef is fine. The dive operation, Reef Divers, is excellent. Our boat was a Newton 42 and was well equipped and the staff was superb. Our divemasters for the week, Donnie and Vickie, were about as good as any pair we have had during the past 15 years. The "valet" diving is hard to beat and they took extra time with new divers and everyone. Sharks were scarce, only seeing about 2 nurse sharks for the week. Small critters and the fishlife was superb and, by and large, the reefs and walls were in good shape. I have no real complaints at all about the service of the resort or the dive operation. Reef Divers is hard to beat. The Russian frigate, #356, renamed the "Tibbetts" is still a fun dive, even though it's been torn up pretty good by hurricanes.
Cayman Airways is still less than optimal. Getting luggage to the Brac from Grand Cayman is an adventure. Most of our luggage arrived the night we got to the Brac, but it's a hassle. Going back, Cayman Airways jerked around our dive leader and really didn't seem to care about whether our luggage got back to Grand Cayman or not. Our dive shop leader had to leave on the 6:30 AM flight with about 12-13 dive bags so all of our luggage would be at the USAirways counter so we could make the Charlotte flight. The rest of the group came over on a later flight. We all made it, but only by our leader,having to fight with Cayman Airways. The terminal in Grand Cayman is needing a renovation to enlarge since the number of flights and passengers is increasingly hard to accomodate.

I hope that inter-island flights by Cayman Airways will improve, otherwise it will hurt all of the resorts on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman since divers will be eventually fed up with inefficiency, especially if we were to miss dives because of this.
We look forward to returning again. It's worth the hassle.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Bahamas, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Cozumel, Roatan, St. Kitts, St. Lucia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet; CIWOA guidelines
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Overall, very good.
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