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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Brac Reef Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

Reef Divers/Brac Reef Beach Resort, Mar, 2007,

by Bob and Betty Barada, CA, USA . Report 3242.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Hawaii, Mexico, Cozumel, Fiji, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Belize.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Depth: 110; time was set, but loosely enforced for advanced divers on Nitrox.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

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

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 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The resort is clean and comfortable. I would describe it as a top quality motel by US standards, with large rooms, large baths, good air conditioning and TVs in the room. Exercise facilities and rudimentary spa offerrings as well. Food was buffet style and plentiful. Some excellent, all very good. Lobster thermidor, chicken cordon bleu, prime rib, pastas, and excellent salads. You can eat inside at tables with air conditioning or in a screened in patio. Karoake night, movie night, happy hour night and manager's night all brought people together. Pool and hot tub available. Nice pier to hang out at night and watch the eagle rays, sting rays, tarpon and other fish life beg for handouts. Service was excellent in all regards.

Diving was easy as pie -- my wife calls it "princess diving" where they collect your gear from outside your room the first night and they handle it all week. They rinse it and hook it up for you on the boat before each dive. We did three dives a day, but skipped the night dives. The boats are roomy and stable custom designed Newtons. Dive crew and captains are funny and knowledgeable. They are flexible as to what you want to see and dive. We had high easterly winds the first few days so seas were running pretty high for getting back on the boat. They hung out a current line and had you take off your fins before you approached the ladder. They anticipated your moves and held the ladders down while you come up, grabbing your gear immediately. We had a fairly novice diver experience an anxiety attack on the current line and one of the crew entered the water immediately to calm her, take off her gear, and escort her to the ladder.

We usually go to Cozumel at this time of year, but decided to go here because of the damage to the reefs in Cozumel by Wilma. We hadn't been to the Caymans since 2001. The coral here was in fairly good shape, the sea life diverse and plentiful. We swam with Eagle Rays and Sting Rays, numerous turtles, occasional nurse sharks, juvenile spotted drums, and the usual tropical fish. Spotted numerous large lobster and crab. One large grouper fell in love with my wife and followed her everywhere, occasionally stopping to be petted.
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