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

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

by Victor A. Bary/Maureen E. Stra, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 2257.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bermuda, Bahamas, Bonaire, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Turks & Caicos, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Liberal time an depth limits (generally 100 feet for 60 minutes). All divers had computers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat had high pressure freshwater hose for cameras and a camera table. Cameras only rinse tank outside dive shop. Photo operation owner Richard Brooks produced the best dive video I've encountered.

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

Accommodations 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Excellent food and food service. Spacious, attractive room always cleaned before we returned from morning dive. (The Exit sign outside the room - 215 - was a mosquito magnet at night). Friendly dive shop management. Somewhat disinterested front desk staff (needs improvement).

Dive boats are large and well maintained. Rental equipment is newer and well maintained. Excellent whiteboard dive briefing before each dive. Pre-departure and post-dive roll-calls.

Only one divemaster in water with groups of 12-18 divers, perhaps not an issue in our boat as all divers were highly experience and competent. Other than Dottie Benjamin - an institution in her own right - dive masters made little or no effort to point out sea life.
Staff set up equipment and broke it down after each dive. Hosed off camera equipment as you boarded after dive.

Bloody Bay Wall is fabulous and healthy. It was a week before grouper spanning - Little Cayman is one of only a few such Carribean spawning sites - and the reefs were alive with large, docile groupers. Perhaps because this is a marine park, turtles (seen on almost every dive) were numerous and very accepting of divers.

A pod of porpoises fell in with the dive boat on one trip(an unusual occurence according to the boat staff)and the boat circled for 15 minutes so we could enjoy them.

All in all, one of the best Carribean experiences and a property and dive operation I would return to.
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