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

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort], Jun, 2005,

by patricia harmon, oh, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 1757.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Bay Islands, Tortola, Aruba, St. Croix, Hawaii, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Cameral tables on boats were great for day boats. Photo shop had capacity to download from card to DVD.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments From mixed reports in the Chap Book we were a little concerned, but this was one of the best dive trips we have ever taken. The staff was terrific. You put your gear on the boat at the beginning of the week then they set up your tanks for every dive, you sit on the stern and they bring your tank to you and help you get into your BC. Then after the dive you sit on the stern again and they remove the tank. This is great service, done enthusiastically, and is also safer.
You could dive by yourself or follow the leader. We usually followed the leader because they tried hard to find things and did a great job of leading divers through the many cuts of Bloody Bay Wall (BBW). The dive leaders work for tips and a sign in the dive shop suggest about $90 for a weeks diving per instructor. They are, therefore, quite motivated to be helpful.
The most challenging part of the diving is the boat ride to BBW. A barrier provides a protected anchorage at the resort but as soon as you exit the cut it gets very rough for about 15 minutes until the boat rounds the point for BBW. We have been to Little Cayman at times when it is too rough to go out and we anticipated missing at least one day due to roughness, but this time we went out every day - a morning two-tank dive and an afternoon one-tank. The one scheduled night dive while we were there did not go due to rough seas. LCBR has three dive boats all of which are well made and maintained with camera tables, tank racks, excellent ladders and a head.
The room was well appointed and air conditioned. We had an ocean front room which cost a bit more, but had a great view. Exceptional mattresses, and the room was clean and well maintained with plenty of hot water and good water pressure.
The food was wonderful. Three meals a day are provided buffet style in the dining room. A wide variety of choices at all meals, including salads and vegetables and the desserts were sumptuous. The resort has only 40 rooms so there was never a long line at the buffet.
The diving is spectacular. BBW is a thrilling site as you float over a 6,000 foot drop off. There was little to no current underwater. Turtles were encountered on nearly every dive plus a few nurse sharks and one Reef shark. Several rays were spotted and we spent 5 - 10 minutes watching a ray feed in a sand flat. All the traditional reef fish were present in good numbers as well as a pet-able grouper, "Benjie." There were numerous hard and soft coral as well as sponges.
There is not much to do on this tiny, undeveloped island, and it's pretty much eat, sleep and dive, which is fine with us. While there's a nice pool, a tennis court and a pleasant bar, we gave it all to the great diving.
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