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

Reef Divers/Brac Reef Beach Resort, Aug, 2003,

by William and Frances Ungerman, California, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 712.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean and Pacific locations
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm,choppy,surge
Water Temp 82 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 70 to 170 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet, fifty minutes, less if not diving computer
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse buckets for camera gear on board the boats, althoug spce provided for equipment on table.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort is well-sited amongst a palm tree shrouded beach. It's an easy walk to any of the resort facilities. Request a room with a patio or balcony for drying your suits or whatever. The dive personnel pick up your equipment the first day and you never have to worry about it again. They rinse (perfunctorily for some people's taste) your equipment and change tanks between dives for you. The divemasters are attentive but not overbearing. Craig was a standout, contrary to the opinion of a Chapbook past-issue contributor. The diving was surprising mediocre with the exception of the Russian Frigate which is now broken in two. None the less, it's an impressive dive. Visibility on this dive was so good,from above you could see both ends of the 333 foot long ship. The two dives at Little Cayman were also very good, reminiscent of Cozumel's Palancar and Colombia walls. Overall, the diving was somewhat midrange on a Caribbean scale, surprising inasmuch as we expected better from Cayman Brac. However, visibility and water temperature was outstanding. Watch out for the sea wasps on night dive. Our twelve year old daughter got severely stung making her night dive debut. That said, the dive crew was professional and the staff was cordial. We dove Nitrox at $10.00 a tank extra; steep but well worth it for the way you feel after a day of diving. Three dives a day offered with the package we opted for with night dives extra at $40.00 (US) a whack. Tip pressure was minimal. The dive boats are 46 foot Newtons and are made for diving. A wetsuit drying area is provided.

Now, what was exceptional was the food. You definitely want to invest in the FAP. The cuisine - and that's it exactly - was superb. We have never experiened the quality and variety of food as served up here. The deserts were varied and amazing. This by far an away was the most outstanding an memorable culinary experience ever. No cruise line or five star hotel ever offeed more.

The resort itself is showing a little wear but seems to be bearing up better than Divi down the road. The tropics take a toll on these places. There is a nice pool and bar, but watch the splinters and nails from the boardwalk. One of the downsides of the Cayman Islands of course is the negative monetary exchange rate, i.e., .80 Cayman to $1.00 US. That hurts!

There is not much to see or do if not diving although an island tour is available as well as a well-recieved Karaoke night. Bicycles and kayaks are availble for your use without charge. There is even a nice tennis court.

We booked the trip through Caradonna and they were courteous and helpful. However, make sure you get everything in writing. The dive shop tried to charge us extra our one daughter's snorkeling when we had already arranged for that in advance. If youare coming to Cayman Brac, we recommend this operation
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