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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman Island

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort, Jul, 2006,

by Alan and Krista Binnie, AZ, USA . Report 2581.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Dominica, Belize, Honduras, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 86 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Suggested profiles of 110' for 50 min first dive, 60' for 60 minutes second two dives, but divers were at free to use their own judgement.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our first trip to Little Cayman, and it was very enjoyable. For the week we were there, the weather was mostly sunny and breezy with some afternoon thundershowers, seas were never more than 2-3 feet. We dove three times a day every day but the day before we left. The weekly Tuesday night dive was cancelled due to surge.

All of our dives were in the Bloody Bay area, and all were at great sites. Boats moor on a ball, typically over sand or hard pan in 20 to 50 feet of water near the wall. If there is much current, divemasters relocated to find calmer waters. The spectacular wall usually starts at 40 to 60 feet and falls more or less straight down (to 6000 feet, they say), with lots of swim throughs, canyons, and small caves to play around in. Lots of small turtles. 2-3 foot fish are common, including some groupers that enjoy being stroked, as fishing is restricted, but not many fish much bigger with the exception of some reef and nurse sharks. Lots of small schooling fish. Soft corals and sea fans are in great shape, and the topography is the best we've ever seen. The only disappointment was that almost all of the hard corals are dead and there is quite a bit of algae-type overgrowth on them.

The hotel is bigger than we are used to, with about 80 guests, almost all divers. All meals are served buffet style, and the food is good and plentiful. We prepaid for breakfast and dinner; lunch runs $20 each, drinks $4-$8USD at the resort bar. While not fancy or unique, the rooms are nice and clean and come equipped with hairdryers and coffee makers. Bikes are available to borrow for free.

The dive operation is very efficient, and ran flawlessly while serving lots of divers. Divemasters are very experienced and courteous, offer illustrated briefings before each dive, and do a headcount before leaving each site even though the shore is very nearby. Equipment is handled for you- you just sit on the stern and they put it on you, then they take it off and swap out tanks when you exit the water. Boats are custom made for diving, and are easy to exit and enter. No water tank for cameras on the boat, but a dedicated shelf is provided and the trip back to dock is only about 30 minutes. A soaking tank is available back at the dock. There were up to 18 divers per boat, but this did not pose a problem because almost all were very experienced, all were allowed to go their separate ways, and all the dive sites offer plenty of prime space to spread out over.

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