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Dive on a budget

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Dive on a budget

Planning a two week vacation to Grand Cayman with diving at Little Cayman inn May.

The price for all inclusive resort on LC is kinda high,

We have a total budget of $6000 ( not including international air )

We can either cut back on days to 9or 10 nights total or see if you have other idea.

We are OK to bring our own food to LC if we can find a reasonable place to stay and do ala carte diving eating out for dinner only.

Would five days with four days of diving be enough to get enough to get the WOW experience on LC?

Would five night and four days be enough ( too long or not enough) on Grand Cayman to see the best sights and do one dive and a couple of snorkel? Any ideas on some reasonable priced lodging?

We live in San Diego so we don't need to "relax " as much as we want to experience different things and have fun.

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2. Re: Dive on a budget

Look into Paradise Villas. http://www.paradisevillas.com/

I would also suggest you inquire on ScubaBoard. There are lots of divers there experienced with the various options available for diving on Little Cayman.

www.scubaboard.com/forums/cayman-islands/

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3. Re: Dive on a budget

Are you really set on the split destination? The last time someone posted about that here, the general concensus was that it would be a lot of hassle and cost. I haven't been to LC, but I hear that the diving is superb. GC has some really excellent diving compared to many other places in the world. Not sure what your diving experience is, though, so hard to tell.

I think that if I were you, depending on your priorities, I would plan to be in one place and really enjoy that, rather than scrimping and the hassle of having to lug food with you. There are so many dive sites on GC with many different types of diving - I think that you would find plenty to do for 2 weeks, while having the advantage of the other things that GC has to offer (like a wide selection of great restaurants).

Getting a condo that is off the beach will also keep your costs down - Bonnie's Arch or Coconut Bay are places where I have stayed - both have a shore dive site right off the condo complex and other shore dives (and dive ops) very close by. Both are up in West Bay, which means that you are really handy for many of the Seven Mile Beach "attractions" without having to pay the extra price. There is a Fosters supermarket right down the road, so that you can eat within a budget in the condo, and then splurge to go out when you feel like it.

Anyway, that's a suggestion - others may well have other suggestions. :)

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4. Re: Dive on a budget

I agree - shored iving is a good option - you can reach the wall quite easily from shore and entry is not bad. Ask Patty from The conch Club about the least expensive car rental (I forgot the name & number now). Grocery shopping is very expensive and it could work out cheaper (or equal) to go to a restaurant than prepare your own food. For example, a " Ristorante"frozen pizza costs $16 at the grocery store - I pay around $5 for the exact one in Toronto. So, by all means, take your own food.

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The only thing I see with a split stay is that you will lose a lot of dive time due to flying to Little Cayman and back. You won't be able to dive 24 hours before you fly to Little Cayman and back and before you fly back to San Diego. Unless I'm wrong about flying and diving lol! I hear the diving is great on Little Cayman but lots of great dives in Cayman also.

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7. Re: Dive on a budget

You will be above the recommended safe altitude for diving and flying same day on the flights between GC and LC.

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9. Re: Dive on a budget

Anyone who has flown to LC might be aware that the altitude attained can approach 8,000 feet. When referring to experts, it may be helpful to let them know that bit of information so they can provide relevant advice.

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10. Re: Dive on a budget

This thread has taken an unfortunate turn.

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