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Trip Report - Little Cayman Beach Resort - Jan 09

Discussion in 'Cayman Islands' started by Nesher, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Nesher

    Nesher DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Northern California Territory
    157
    0
    Well, let me first say this trip was orginally slated for Sep of 08. However, due to Hurricane Gustav we (my wife and I) went to Grand Cayman instead. (I dove w/Indigo Divers on GC)

    Upon my return my LDS had scheduled a trip to the Little Cayman Beach Resort. Already scheduled to take a dive trip in Jan 09 and not desirous of going alone (AGAIN) I signed up for this land based resort.

    The first thing I must tell you is that if you live on the West Coast itÃÔ was an extremely long travel day.

    American from SFO (San Francisco) to MIA, MIA to GCM. Once you get to Grand Cayman you have to take another airline to Little Cayman (Cayman Airlines)

    Cayman Airways - the plane is extremely tiny; a Dehavilland 6 Twin Otter Turboprop, which seats 12 - 15 passengers, pray it not full.

    There are some significant weight restrictions which will cost you both money and (probably)leaving a bag on GCM to come over on a later flight on another day.

    The airstrip on Little Cayman is nothing more than that. Finally after twenty - five hours of travel time from start to finish I arrived.

    The resort was closed for a few months last year due to the hurricane and the significant repairs to be done to the boats & dive dock. Concurrently they were scheduled to renovate the rooms.

    The present accomodations are EXCELLENT, much more than what one would expect from a dive resort.

    One exception - Little Cayman historically has been known to have paper thin walls in their rooms. That HASN"T changed and if you don't want to hear or be heard you need to consider this carefully.

    The management team that runs the place, Jason & his wife Vickie (both from California), are OUTSTANDING. Any questions, concerns, desires, and/or wishes that can be accomodated are w/no hesitations. Shout out to Jessica (front desk)

    The food (Oh, my goodness!!!) the food. The pastry chef (Chubby from Jamaica) is worth taking the trip whether you like pastries of not) He made a chocolate pie w/toffee and pecans which was ABSOLUTELY too good to eat.

    Breakfast was the only meal that didn't wow me. The omelete guy needs to improve his disposition and attitude towards ALL the guests.

    Both dinner and supper were above and beyond my expectations. Simply Awesome!!!! Shout out to the Executive Chef, Donnette, Junior, mi amigos - Alex y Kenny. Thanks for taking good care of me.

    Now on the the diving - let's start with Reef Divers

    I arrived one day earlier than my group to get a feel of the place w/o the group since I travel alone most of the time.


    I wanted to know how I might be treated w/o the power of numbers and influence of group leader. And to see if there were any changes in attitudes and behavior.

    For some people that's not important, however, for me in this instance it was critical. Day one, I went out with Ronnie and Alex on Holiday Divers. What a joy it was to dive with what I considered to be two great dive guides.

    Ronnie's style is very attentive to his group. I watched him avert a major incident by being extremly watchful of all divers in the water with him. Alex, was the man for showing you the marine life. I didn't think it could be better but it did.

    Next day, my group arrives and whether you are w/a group of not you're assigned to a boat for the week. I had to vacate the Holiday Diver for the Coral Sister.


    Our group counted in at 20 but usually only 17 - 18 dove at any one time. On the Coral Sister we met Capt Sunny, Dottie, and Sharon.


    First, they are a sheer joy to be around as people and even better as divers. Dottie and Sharon are really cool, but, I really loved diving with Sunny.


    Sometimes is just a style thing nothing more, and I just really enjoyed my time diving with her best. Sunny has these cool fins with "Follow Me" written on the bottom that mde always think of the Adams Family.


    And NO, Sunny doesn't look like any of the characters on the Adams Family. (Far from it) It was just too cool following her around. Our dive group adopted Sunny as one of our own. BIG SHOUT OUT TO SUNNY.

    Some of the Dive Sites I dove are as follows:
    Sarah's Set, Great Wall West, Lea Lea's, Black Hole, Windsock, Grundy's Reef, Dynamite, Gay's Reef, Richards Reef, Jackson Reef, Bus Stop, Joy's Joy, the Tibbetts among others.

    Nothing major just the regular Caribbean Reef Critters.

    Ben (mgr) is a good guy who was there to answer and repond to any request or questions. Benny (Instructor) from Manchester did a custom DVD for me personally which was really excellent.

    Annabelle runs the shop and handles the administrative side of the operation. She also maintains the products and merchandise.

    Okay, so what's my recommendation?

    This is a resort for divers but a great number of people were there who didn't dive, nor did they ever want to dive. That spoke volumes to me because they came just to read and relax.

    So go ahead and take your non-diving spouse and children.

    It's a bit of a hassel to get there, but it's worth the trip. It might, however, be better to make that trip between Apr - Nov. The water was cold at times.

    Would I do it again?

    I am a liveaboard guy and now I truly know why I am a liveaboard diver.


    I loved the three dives a day format and the valet diving but if I had my choice and if I am traveling alone (which is the norm for me) my answer is no.

    If I am traveling with my liveaboard challenged dive friends? Oh Yeah!! I will return in a heart beat. It's a wonderful resort and I have nothing but excellent things to say about it.

    All the dive guides are instructors, they take really great care of you. And that's what you really want most of all.


    At the end of the day you want to return to your room w/o incident having had a great day of diving.

    It was really worth the fuss and anyone who wants to have a safe and enjoyable dive vacation on land.


    **** I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Little Cayman Beach Resort ****
    (Four Stars out of Five (one star deduction because it was not a Liveaboard)
     
  2. ZoSo

    ZoSo Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Staten Island
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    Thanks for the great trip report (less 1 star), I will be going there at the end of April and your review makes me want to go now. You said the water was cold at times, what was the water temp? Did you take any pictures? Thanks again, Bo.
     
  3. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location:
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    Thnx..
     
  4. Nesher

    Nesher DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Northern California Territory
    157
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    Actually my computer read 80 & 81 degree, however, I felt like it was closer to 75 degrees. One other thing, that was only during the beginning days of my dive trip. The latter portion when the sun was out and the weather (air temp) was closer to 80 - 85 degrees, I didn't get chilled or cold at all.

    I do hope you get a chance to go and have fun.

    Dive safe...........
     
  5. Nesher

    Nesher DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Northern California Territory
    157
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    I'll work on uploading the pictures.
     
  6. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
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    I spent the week diving with Nesher and concur with everything that he said, EXCEPT for the "cold water" bit.

    My computer showed 75 to 78 degrees. Compared to the Calif. North Coast, it was positively luxurious.

    The only bummer with the operation is that your dive vacation comes to an end. (I'm having a lot of trouble with "re-entry.")

    My only personal disappointment was with not noticing the 8- 10 ft. hammerhead that swam over me and my dive buddy. If only . . . .
     
  7. Unibrook

    Unibrook Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Boston
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    aw man, that bites to have someone tell you after the dive that you missed something cool.
     
  8. Unibrook

    Unibrook Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Boston
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    oh btw, the omelet guy is gone. he, um, had to go to England for some reason...:crafty: Oh, it should be noted: Sunny's fins actually say, "Follow Me" "Im Lost" Sunny and Sharon are great DMs to follow around.
     

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