I will be completely honest in my evaluation and we had a great time!
I will explain all the aspects of this trip so you can know what to expect when you go. You will read a few negative observations, but small details you can overlook because of the great diving, we will be back.
When your plane touches down a van is waiting to pick up the arrivals, we had a full plane so we had to wait a bit for a ride. Not all the bags arrived on the first flight but came later that evening. They do have a 55 pound rule for the small plane but was not checked on the way over, but they made up for it on the way back. Was charged for an additional 50 bag that was not ours, so watch the guy who writes down your bag weights on a scrape piece of paper. .50 for each additional pound after 55. This includes all your bags, and personal stuff, purse, carry on, etc.. TOTAL cost us $32.00
After they pick you up at the airport, 3 minutes later you are at the condo, unload and make your way to the condo. 3 couples stayed at condo 5 for a great week of diving. It was ground floor and ocean front. 2 of our party arrived earlier and checked in at the resort and got the keys to the condo. We won the drawing for the master bedroom, and it was big with a great view of the ocean, the other rooms did not have a view. 1 room was very small and had some air condition issues, both rooms had a queen size bed. The living room and kitchen was huge and we made coffee each morning, brought the coffee from home. Went to the only store on the island and wow, expensive. Plan on using the full meal plan.
Beach out front is not swim able, to shallow, rocky and green.
Now you must head to the dive shop, 6 min walk from the condo, to fill out paper work before 5 pm. Plan on it taking awhile if you came in on a full plane, 1 person on duty. Pick up a bag to place your dive stuff in to be placed outside your door for PU the next AM to go to the dive boat.
FOOD: Buffet except an omelet table made to order, highly recommended. All types of food, some great, some not, but you can find something to please your taste buds. Grab some fruit to take with you on the dive boats, they serve little bags of chips and apples, sometimes.
CAMERA ROOM: none had to carry the big unit back and forth to the condo, 6 min walk on a rough beach.
OK TIME TO DIVE: Boats generally load at 8:15, and 1:50, they have you set up and in place, don't worry if you are not by your buddy, they carry your BCD to the back of the boat and put it on you. Kinda weird at first but worked out ok. The camera table is small and you always have people putting their clothes, masks etc on it, and one day a lady decided to use a spray suntan lotion by the table. Everything was covered, put a towel over mine after that.
Dive Guides: We had two really great guys, Clive and Nick, attention to detail and always available to help you back on the boat. 50 min max on first dive and 60 on 2 and 3 dive, enforced!!!!! Nitrox $10 a tank, many times had 1500 when I got on the boat. Looking back, I should have just used it for the next dive, oh well. You can go with the guides or with your buddy, just no solo diving. Very easy diving.
DIVE Operation: You go in the dive shop to sign up for night dives(2 per week $65 each 50 min dive max), dusk dive(1 per week $65 50 min max), wreck dive(1 per week $30 plus 1 already paid dive 50 min dive max) As people were signing up in the small shop, the clerk might have gotten a bit over whelmed and when the front door did not shut all the way she went over to it and kicked it shut hard, and told everyone, easier for me to kick it then for you to shut it, huh? This was the only rude person we seen at the resort, everyone else was very nice. You have to check your nitox and the boat crew will tell you how many tanks to do each morning and afternoon on the boat. Easy to do and a great setup for the nitrox testing. Well thought out!
DIVING: It was almost all wall diving, very little current and great diving.Easy diving, for any level, all kinds of fish, turtles and a few sharks. Reef was in very good shape, saw only 3 lion fish, amazing. Water temp was 84 and we wore skins.
TIME TO GO HOME : You take your stuff off the boat and they have rinse tanks set up and a room you can put your stuff in to dry. We took all ours to the condo and used a hose next to the condo to rinse everything, and used the washer to wash all our dirty clothes. Great to go home with clean clothes. They ask if you can place some of your luggage out at 3 pm on Friday so all bags make it to Grand Cayman on Sat. for your flight home. It was not an issue for us, and our bags were waiting for us at the airport in Grand Cayman.
- Also Known As:
- The Club At Little Cayman Cayman Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Little Cayman's exclusive sanctuary in the sun and the Caribbean's most prestigiuos vacation destination! The Club is a rare collection of villas offering uncompromising comforts and unparalleled luxury. Our three bedroom retreats feature an elegant tapestry of colors that captures the true essence of the island's Caribbean heritage. ... more less