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Dive Review of Southern Cross Club in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Southern Cross Club, Aug, 2004,

by C Vernon Hartline Jr, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 1249.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Indonesia, Palau, Truk, Mexico(Caribbean and Pacific), Cayman(all 3), Bahamas, Provo, St Kitts & Nevis, Bonaire, San Andres, Costa Rica ( Coco Island) etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 85 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 65 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth and time - pretty liberal for Cayman(i.e 100' - 1 hour)
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 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Fresh water tank on the boat. Rinse facilities on the dock and in the rooms. Bring your own film. With digital photos and video - this question is less relevant than in the past. Not sure there is a processing facility on the island - doubt it

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We arrived on Monday after Hurricane Charley went by on Thursday. They got lots of rain - needed - and some wind. No one evacuated. The result was less than perfect viz at Bloody Bay and Jackson. We came here 10-15 years ago and wanted to see the "improvements" and lament the good ole days. Great diving . The people at Southern Cross Club couldn't have been more helpful. 3 old timers enjoyed their stay. Because of the rain - lots of flying teeth. Take "Catus Juice" instead of deet - stuff works. The improvements were- AC in the bedroom and better food. The scuba dock is nice with fresh water and wetsuit hang ups near the boat. Steve and Jason are the experienced DM's - both Brits. Helpful with the small stuff - pipefish and seahorses in Cayman? Saw turtles nearly every dive. Saw reef,nurse, bull and hammerheads. Eagle and sting rays. Huge Grouper - Nassau and Tiger. Coral and sponges were healthly looking. Videoed a large group of squid - even got two mating - I think. International group of friendly divers. I was the only jerk with a camera. Spacious dive boat had proper working radio - fresh water and a well equipted first aid kit. Max.7 divers on our trip - usually 5 or 6. Dammed nice trip
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