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

Reef Divers/Brac Reef, Jun, 2003,

by Ken Hobday, OH, USA . Report 838.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments BRAC REEF RESORT: Nice location on the southwest end of the island, very good condition, extremely friendly owner and staff. The dock structure is wonderful and the hammocks there and on the beach rock. Nice pool and hot-tub. But did I mention that the hammocks rock?!?

NOTE: You need to rent a car at a place up the street (they deliver to the hotel and they are cheap by the day) to bop around the island which is fascinating.

FOOD: Buffet style American Plan (all meals included). Plentiful and good but certainly not fine dining. Really well suited for dive days where you just want to have no-hassle, relaxing meals.

For gourmet but expensive dining, there is a hotel up the street with a very fine seafood restaurant. It's worth at least one night out.

REEF DIVERS OPERATION: Valet-style to the max (I can't imagine what else they could do for you)! Boats are fairly large and very well equipped (even with defibrillators). Good nitrox service -- Nitrox tanks tended to average 3100 PSI and generally 31.6% or so O2.

Craig was our lead divemaster for most trips. With over 6000 dives, he knows every site inside and out. His pre-dive briefings were great. We always had 2 divemasters -- usually Craig and Mark. One stayed on the boat and one was in the water finding interesting stuff. You could follow along or do your own thing -- totally your choice. Their style definitely favors more experienced divers in that they don't really lead a parade tour except on drift dives (we only did one); however, they were always willing to let us follow them through swim-throughts etc and offered excellent coaching post dive (my 14 year old son and I vastly improved our diving skills as a result of their coaching and with help from the other more experienced divers).

Dives: Great walls starting around 85 feet and unbelievable coral. Reefs are in excellent condition for the most part -- we saw occasional damage on some of the shallower dives in the afternoon. Plenty of tropical fish, lobsters, some turtles, eagle rays, and mantas. Only saw a few nurse sharks (others saw more). Overall, the coral / reef quality exceeded the fish quality, but no complaints on the latter. We usually did 3 dives a day -- 2 on the morning trip and 1 in the afternoon.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving St. John, Antiqua
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80-125 Ft/ 24-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Recommended profile given for each dive, but not enforced. Most divers on the boat were VERY experienced -- 100's of dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Nice tables on boats. Divemasters hand you your camera once in the water and take on return. Very high quality rentals available in shop and good developing and advice.
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