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

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort , May, 2009,

by James A. Heimer, TX, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 4797.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, California, Texas, Bahamas, BWI, USVI, Aruba, Bonaire, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Each dive was specified as to max depth and duration, regardless of computer use; e.g., first dive was usually 110' for 60 min and 60' for 60 min thereafter
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 camera table but no rinse tank - could use fw shower after dives; shore had large dedicated camera rinse tank, but no facilities other than table in room for set-up; dive masters were good at getting cameras in and out of the water

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our second visit to LCBR and the first since the recent hurricane. The resort has been completely restored and the rooms upgraded with new paint, furniture, and furnishings throughout, including the bathrooms. We had a single room near the bar and pool; oceanfront studios are also available with partial kitchens.

Due to our previous experience with the shuttle flights from Grand Cayman to the Sister Islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, we arrived a day early on Grand Cayman to take advantage of an early morning connection the next day to Little Cayman. Due to the cargo limitations on these small planes, there is a high probability that not all of your luggage will make your flight. Flying early in the morning, before a connecting flight of divers from the US arrives, improves your chances that your gear will travel with you, and it will also provide opportunities on subsequent flights for Cayman Airways to get your gear to you. The resort has a lot of experience dealing with this problem, and your first day of diving may be scheduled around the arrival of the morning aircraft.

The facilities at LCBR are first rate boats are large and spacious, even with a full complement of 22 divers (we had 18 on our boat), there is plenty of room to store gear and an adequate camera table. Once you have geared up and been briefed on the site, you proceed to the rear of the boat and take a seat facing the stern. The dive masters (ours were Sharon and Alex) bring you your tank and BC, help you don it, check your air, and help you overboard. On the return, they take your tank and BC, swap the BC onto a new tank, and you are ready for the next dive. By the second day, they knew which BC (and camera) belonged to each diver. Roll calls were done before leaving the pier and before leaving each site.

Dive times and max depths were specified usually 110 and 60 minutes on the first dive and 60 and 60 minutes on subsequent dives that day. This was to maintain the schedule around breakfast, two morning dives, lunch, one afternoon dive, and dinner, with adequate surface intervals between dives. At the end of the diving day, the BCs are left on board and other gear can be rinsed and stored in a well ventilated room near the dock.

We had the same outstanding chef as two years ago, and the meals continued to exceed expectations with generally three or four entrees, fresh salads and homemade soups and desserts for lunch and dinner, and fresh fruit and a full country breakfast in the morning. You have the option of a full 3-meal a day plan, or a 2-meal plan, which allows you to buy lunch at the bar, if desired.

All of the diving was on Bloody Bay Wall or the contiguous Jackson Bight, the difference being that the latter is characterized by sand channels and a less severely steep drop-off from 60 to 6000 feet. The soft and hard corals and sponges are in excellent shape, and the marine life from macro blennies, pipe-, and jaw fish to eagle rays, turtles, and large green morays, along with the usual tropicals is abundant. One of the dive masters provides an optional guided tour on each dive, and even less experienced divers will feel comfortable on these reefs.
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