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

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Reef Resort, Aug, 2005,

by John McGinnis, MD, USA . Report 1960.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Brac and Grand, Grand Turk, Salt Cay, Provo, Bonaire, Curacao, Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, Cancun, Bahamas, Keys, Saba, St Lucia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time
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 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Our group all digital so do not have problems with development, etc.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Six of the nine folks had been here 4 years prior and loved it!! What a change. Most of the group followed the baggage restrictions religiously since flew Island Air last time but expected more from Cayman Air this time. Guess whose bags got left in Grand and who got ALL theirs, overweighted and all. Next AM tried to reschedule the AM two tanker for a couple of one tank afternooner's. Thought we were asking for the moon even though later we noticed the boats were almost empty for some of the afternooners. No biggy, they loaned us gear for the am dives and since we had our computers in carry on, we survived nicely. Dive boats crew almost universally unfriendly, appearing to be overworked and with lousy morale. One of our crew was particularly unfriendly: "DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING". I tried the old trick of scooping up sand on the bottom when I had spotted a sting ray hoping that it would close in to investigate and give me a photo op. A sharp tap and shaking finger was my reward with the follow up tongue lashing about viz and little sand burrowers being disturbed. Have you ever watched a big ray Hoovering along the bottom?? Talk about kicking up sand and disturbing the critters!
Resort staff also unaccomodating. Although we booked five rooms at the same time requesting "as close as possible", the rooms were at three points of the triangle representing the farthest points in the room chart. This was with five months advance notice. And of course change was impossible.
Last trip food was GREAT: a steak night, lobster night, grouper and snapper. YUM! This time, roast beef night was the highlight. Think college food with a Caribbean twist.
Not sure if Bob Soto bought the whole operation but we avoided Soto in Grand years ago because of the bad rep and now I understand why. Sorry to say we will probably never return even though the diving is wonderful!! Almost scared to return to Brac after three visits but probably will avoid Brac Reef since same dive operator.
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