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Dive Review of The Club/Little Cayman Beach Resort in
Cayman Islands

The Club/Little Cayman Beach Resort: "Little Cayman still a great Caribbean destination", Jul, 2018,

by Timothy C Barden, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10574 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments More on ĎGetting Thereí: Grand Cayman is the hub. Several airlines fly there these days, so you have more US connection options than in the past. To accommodate this, the airport is undergoing a major renovation/expansion. This is a huge problem right now if youíre flying on to Little Cayman or Cayman Brac. Itís wall-to-wall people with many confusing signs directing you where to go. The signage isnít always right and the employees arenít either. Build a considerable buffer into your travel itinerary. Two to three hours is a pain, but will be worth it if you get stuck in one of the endless lines at immigration or check-in.

Iíve been to LCBR several times, but not for three years or so. Weíd always stayed before in rooms at the resort that were quite comfortable and convenient. For a change of pace, we opted this time for some upscale condos just down the road. The Club condos are a 2-3 minute walk away by road or beach. The Club is associated with LCBR, so you can get packages with/without diving or meals at the resort. Ours included diving and meals at the resort.

The complex had a small pool and Jacuzzi in the middle of the U. It all looked to be well maintained. Our unit was spacious and clean with plenty of kitchenware, bathroom accessories and extra towels. The AC worked well and the bedrooms and living room had ceiling fans too. We loved the patio and the large, walk-in shower in the master BR. The king 4-poster bed was a classic! I should have paid more attention to the advertisement that listed a washer and dryer among the amenities, both full-size with detergent supplied. I could have packed even lighter, had I realized. Some good advice: Donít despair when turning on the hot water. It quickly gets cold, colder than the cold water ever gets, but heats up after a minute or two. Be patient.

There were only two demerits that I could see. We didnít use the TVs except to watch a couple DVDs. Good thing. For some reason, there wasnít any reception even though they were clearly wired for dish service. Maybe someone forgot to pay the bill last month. As for the other, it might just be a difference in the electrical codes, but the outlets clearly are not grounded. We both got shocked a couple times when touching the casing of our charger or computer. It didnít seem to bother the gadgets, though.

The LCBR resort was close enough that I didnít find it onerous going back and forth between diving and meals. We stuck to the road after our first walk up the beach. Right now, the beaches all are covered with Sargasso seaweed that smells a bit. Thereís too much to rake and even a small front-loader canít keep up. Iím not sure where theyíd put the piles in any case. You could even see many large patches of seaweed in the ocean on the flight from Grand Cayman. In Julyís Undercurrents, I remember reading that an unusual current flow in the Atlantic Ocean is causing it. Too bad. Otherwise, I remember long beach walks as being quite pleasant.

The outside bar entertainment offering has expanded. During our welcoming meeting after dinner the first night, they listed a different activity on every night for those so inclined, even Karaoke on Friday. My rendition of ĎSnoopy versus the Red Baroní will be long remembered!

Little Cayman Beach Resort and associated dive operation remain first rate in my book. The food still is served buffet-style, but itís varied day to day, plentiful and nearly gourmet in quality. The dive operation now claims to offer ĎValet Divingí. Truthfully, itís simply the same excellent service theyíve given for many years. Set up your own gear on the first dive and barely touch it the rest of the week. I must sound like an advertisement, but Iíve seen many other dive operations over the years and Reef Divers is still among the best. We were on the same boat all week with Romel and Rys, a great crew and eager to please. Their dive briefings were clear and they both were good at spotting critters.

I remember the coral here as notable for the varied, vibrant colors. This year, there was a substantial coverage of leafy algae on the reef to mute the colors. It was present at all depths. It might be a short-term phenomenon because I didnít see any coral bleaching and the reef seemed healthy enough.

There was plenty of fish life to see and many turtles for which the Caymans are so famous. A few years ago, they were trying to control the lionfish by teaching grouper to hunt them. Thatís had some success and you can see signs that the grouper have learned Ė the occasional one with a spine in its cheek. Now, though, they maintain control with weekly culling expeditions by all the dive operations. You canít argue with the results. Their relative isolation from nearby reef systems helps.

In sum, Little Cayman remains one of the better Caribbean destinations for fish life and healthy corals. To me, that compensates for the higher price compared with other places in the Carib. Little Cayman Beach Resort and their dive operation have been great for many years and still are. We enjoyed The Club condos. They were a bit more expensive for just two people, but could be comparable to staying at the resort if you had another couple(s) or a family.
Websites The Club/Little Cayman Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean. Truk, Yap
Closest Airport Little Cayman Getting There American Airlines. Flights OK. Grand Cayman terminal undergoing massive renovation. Allow extra time.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Come back with 700 psi. Dive master noted and said something if someone went substantially deeper than him.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Limited facilities on boat. Could use another dedicated camera dunk bucket. Best to take camera equipment back to room for maintenance.
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