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“MUST love diving!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sam McCoy's Diving And Fishing Lodge

Sam McCoy's Diving And Fishing Lodge
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Sam McCoy's Diving And Fishing Lodge
Box 12, North Side, Little Cayman   |  
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San Clement
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“MUST love diving!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2008

Spent 7 days at McCoy's. The family is quite lovely. The accommodations are adequate if you're trip is strictly for diving. If you're interested in sight-seeing, beaches, TV, internet, radio, etc...do not stay here. I met some dear friends I had not seen in years. So, we spent our time visiting, reading, playing cards, identifying fish and coral. OUR room had perfect water pressure. Other others did not. We did run out of water completely on the last day...we just rolled with it. ONLY go to McCoy's if your focus is diving. Period. I would definetely go again. Lowell, the dive master, was wonderful. Ms. Mary, the owner, is well, from Cayman...Her daughter, Maxine was a delight. Happy diving...

  • Liked — Proximity to dive location
  • Disliked — Food was poor; accommodations barely adequate
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Orangeville, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2008

Did a two night stay at McCoys while on holiday in Grand Cayman. First off the diving at Bloody Bay wall is incredible! The lodge itself though has lots of problems and some good points.

Good- we liked the food, but you have to be there when they ring the bell and like what is put on your plate. Bob the divemaster is a good guy who does his absolute best but doesn't have much to work with. Room was clean.

Bad- you either have to have all your own dive gear(everything-tanks, BCD's, Regs etc) or rent some from another place on the island, there was three in our group and getting to the the boat was awful, we had to jam 4 people into the cab of an old pick up and drive across the island. The pool, deck and bar are in bad shape. No tv, sometimes some music at bar at night. Lodge itself not very organized, Bob picked us up at airport, showed us our rooms, did not see anybody else till last day when presented with the bill, or when the dinner bell was rang.

Overall- probably was once a great spot for a dive holiday 20 years ago, very "rustic" now, if you have all your gear and ONLY want to dive, this place would suffice. Awesome diving. We have travelled a fair bit and stay at middle of the road places usually but this was hard to take, heed advice from previous reviews.

  • Liked — Scuba diving
  • Disliked — Lodge facilities
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2008

This was my third visit to McCoy's for a dive trip. Second year in a row with just a dive buddy.

Each visit is the same relaxing visit with great diving. The food and the rooms are very basic. The rooms are clean but water pressure varies. If you stay for the Saturday barbeque then you will get the best meal of your stay.

A new dock area is being installed so that divers do not have to ride down to the boat and carry out all the tanks and gear each time through waist deep water but was not ready yet on this visit. Although the new dock did allow easy shore diving from the back of the lodge which was a nice change.

There is a small open air bar on the beach that you have drinks charged to your room but this can add a great deal to your cost at the end of your stay.

Bikes are not usable buy you may want to rent a car for the day next to the airport to see the island. The car rental shop also rents cell phones. There is no internet access for guests and no telephones or TV in the rooms.

So if diving and talking diving to other guests is the only thing you want to do knowing that you are staying at a very basic resort then this is the place for a low price, it you want nice rooms, great food, and more activities, then this is not the place.

  • Liked — Location for Diving
  • Disliked — Bugs
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Cayman
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2007

My husband and I wanted to go to Little Cayman to celebrate our anniversary. We had recently received a flyer about a special McCoy's was having, so we booked. We received a prompt reply and preliminary invoice. So far, so good.

Upon our arrival at the quaint airport Friday evening, we wandered around for several minutes, and finally walked up to one of the 4 cars parked there to ask if anyone could help us find McCoy's. We were told they were in the next truck over. (Thanks for leaving it up to us to find you.) After taking the long way around the island, er, I mean, the scenic route, to McCoy's, Mary, the owner, walks to our room without a word and opens the door, then disappears. Okay. So we drop our stuff off and walk around for a bit getting our bearings. As we are returning to our rooms, we hear a bell ringing... dinner time? We follow the sound to the dining room, complete with plastic chairs, tables, etc., and which has not been updated in the 20 or so years the lodge has been in operation. Luckily, there is another couple there to explain how things work. What you eat is what they serve - they prepare one meal for all the guests; if you aren't going to be there you need to tell them well ahead of time otherwise you will get charged. Fine, we can adapt. Mary comes in as we are finishing to set up breakfast times for tomorrow and inquire about diving. The conversation was something like... "Yes, of course we want to dive... Yes, we told you when we made the reservation we'd need to rent gear... Excuse me? You don't have gear?... What? Maybe you can scrounge something up?... Great." Needless to say, we weren't excited about what gear we'd end up with; if we had known it was an issue ahead of time we'd have traveled with our gear. After some socializing, we return to our rooms to prepare for bed. My husband attempts to shower, however there is not enough water pressure for the valve on the showerhead to stay closed. We figured we'd take it up with management in the morning. As I'm getting into bed, I notice a couple of mosquitoes in the room. I attempt to grab my flip flop as defense... however there is a cockroach who has laid claim to it. Yikes.

The next morning, all that is left of the cockroach we killed is his wings (I'm sure a little gecko had a nice breakfast). After breakfast, we meet the divemaster (who had only been working in Little Cayman for several weeks), help him load up the truck with tanks and gear, and drive to the other side of the island where the boat is now docked (even though we are diving not far off from McCoy's on the wall - makes perfect sense). The divemaster was very friendly, and the diving was spectacular. We see eagle rays, turtles, lobsters, and in general tons of awesome fish and coral. We really can't say enough about the diving on Little Cayman. My husband only had a small air leak coming from his air guage - no problem. When we return to McCoy's, we are served lunch - soggy pasta covered in barbeque sauce (not a local favorite that I know of); we let them know we are making other arrangements for dinner. As advertised, there are bikes available for use; however, the brakes are rusted out and most of the tires were flat. We ventured out anyway, and lived to write this review. We rode over to the Hungry Iguana for dinner, tried to eat enough to last the rest of our trip, and made it back just before dark. We discussed the water issues with the other guests, the divemaster, and finally Sam; apparently, because they are running off an old cistern with an old pump, that is the state of affairs. Perhaps they have done something to fix it, because now we are able to get enough pressure for the shower to work... sort of; the water is on for about 20 seconds, off for 5, on for 20, off for 5. Once again, we adapt.

Day 3... Same adventure getting to the boat. The boat, however, was not cooperative this morning and we barely made it out to the dive site on one motor. Luckily, the diving was once again amazing, and we saw more turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, lobsters, and lots of other neat creatures. Lunch today was an easier on the system cold cut tray.

Day 4... We spent very little time at the lodge as we rented a car to drive around the island. We returned to check out, which was another interesting experience. The bill was totally wrong, so Mary starts hand writing things in and adding and subtracting different numbers in her head to come up with a magic number in the end. A bit of a shock to our systems was the amount charged for the meals we ate at McCoy's. Normally with package deals they are included, but with the a la carte special we had, they were CI$12, 16, 28 for breakfast, lunch, dinner (US$15, 20, 35). US$70 per day for soggy pasta with barbeque sauce and cold cuts?

If hot showers, bug free rooms, and food choices are your thing, this isn't the place for you; if you just want great diving, a place to lay your head at night, and a plate food put in front of you, McCoy's is the perfect choice.

  • Liked — Diving
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2007

We just returned from a week on Little Cayman, staying at Sam McCoy's Dive Resort. If you love to dive, own and bring all your own equipment and don't care about delicious meals, this is the place for you. The location is wonderful right down the beach from Bloody Bay Wall, but the resort is frankly in poor repair. There were only two rusty bicycles, and the resort is far enough away from the rest of the town that it was a pain to get to phone and internet services. All the meals were satisfying, but....... Bob, the current dive master is superb and does his best to get you everywhere you want to go, but the equipment owned by the resort is super shoddy, and diving is dicey enough without having to worry about your regulator hose leaking. The help was very friendly. The rooms were very basic, poorly decorated and had ZERO water pressure. The little bar was cozy and wonderful, and so were the sunsets. Get your estimate in writing up front, the family running the resort has gone through a lot of changes and management needs to be more reliable.
Little Cayman is the best ever to dive though, if money isn't a concern then you are better off at Pirates Point (5 star and uber friendly all the way, diving included) or at Southern Cross.
Be aware that Little Cayman Beach Resort has had two Dive fatalities this year (2007) one a guest, and the other an instructor.This info is obviously not well publicized. In our opinion we would spend time at the Brac and Little Cayman next time, Grand Cayman just doesn't have the character, and way too many cruise ships.

  • Liked — We like being able to interact with locals, and everyone was very friendly
  • Disliked — The scuba equipment was dangerously out of repair, meals were so so.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2004

Going to small very out of the way places always seem to be a mixture of Pros and Cons. One thing is for sure, cast aside any paradigms you might have and just be flexible. Having stayed with Sam several times we can say that every time we visited there was a problem or two, but the diving and the friendly attitude more than made up for it. If you are looking for a nice hotel with mini-bars and room service go elsewhere. If you want to dive, eat, dive, sleep, dive, eat, dive, sleep... then you are at the right place. The night life is composed of conversation, reading books, and listening to whatever MP3s you brought with you. Or, you can do a night dive right from the local dock. We did and it was wonderful. Morays, lobster, squid, flounder, et. al. We have dove the Med., the Pacific , the Atlantic, and the Keys. The best water we have ever been in was off the beach at Little Cayman. It was as clear as some fresh water Artesian wells in central Texas and much, much more lively. So, wipe all expectations about acomodations from your slate and just go dive! (Please excuse my spelling)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2004

Don't expect much notice from these folks. They must be very layed back. I dived with them once when staying next to SSC and back home I tried to check on reservations with them the next year. I tried phone calls and faxes and they never responded. So good luck if you try to do biz with these folks.

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Additional Information about Sam McCoy's Diving And Fishing Lodge

Address: Box 12, North Side, Little Cayman
Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Little Cayman
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty lodging in Little Cayman
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Sam Mccoy`s Diving And Fishing Hotel Little Cayman
Sam McCoy's Diving And Fishing Lodge Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

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