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

Reef Divers/Brac Reef Resort, Apr, 2008,

by Gene Huff, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 4431.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Fiji, Indonesia, Christmas Is, Hawaii, Belize, Bonaire, Utila, Roatan, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats use center table for cameras. No dedicated rinse area. Photo shop in dive shop.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Brac Reef Resort is well-kept and offers nice rooms, a large pool and hot tub, a two-story dock with hammocks, tennis court, and good sized beach. Meals are served buffet style in a central hall. The food was consistently good to excellent. There is a small bar and if you are on a "drinks included" plan check out the rules early on. Wifi is available in the office and reaches some rooms and the bar area. They have a relatively large and well stocked dive shop if you forget anything. Diving is done on custom Newtons and the crew handles everything but wetsuits and cameras. We had our group of 14 plus up to 6 extra on our boat and were very comfortable. The diving was better than average Caribbean diving and we made one trip to Bloody Bay Wall on Little Cayman. You can dive your own profile or follow the DM who will point out critters. Our DMs Ken and Barbie (really) were outstanding and kept us laughing and having a great time the entire week. They did great briefings but were serious about check-ins and check-outs. Three boat dives a day are offered with an optional night dive once or twice a week. Nitrox is available and you analyze your own tanks at the dive shop. There is no shore diving from the resort. We rented a van and did several shore dives both in the afternoon and at night. Radar Reef was an easy shore dive off a concrete boat launch and several night dives there provided octopi, squid, hunting eels and rays, slipper and caribbean lobsters and all the usual night-time suspects. Air tanks are available at the resort for no extra charge. Having a van also allowed us to explore the island, visiting bat caves and a bird reserve. One of our group did some flyfishing right in front of and near the resort and hooked several bonefish. With no shopping or night-life, Brac Reef Resort is a great peaceful getaway for those who want quiet time, good accomodations and food, and easy, better than average Caribbean diving.
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