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Reviewed March 27, 2020 via mobile

We were so excited to visit Little Cayman and enjoy this resort. We are experienced dive travelers, and have been to many resorts in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and the South Pacific. While nice in many respects, this resort just didn’t measure up.

The food was very good. Meals were buffet style, and the choices were varied and mostly prepared very well. There is an emphasis on “jerk” style preparations, but there were plenty of other options. We enjoyed every meal. The wait staff was outstanding...perhaps the best part of our overall experience. Service was quick, efficient, and very friendly. Your water glass won’t get empty, and your used dishes will not be at your table long!

Our room was just average, but definitely on par with many of the other Caribbean dive resorts we have experienced. The bathroom was clearly updated, and the bed was comfortable, and the room was fairly large. There was plenty of room to spread out, but rinsing dive gear in the shower was a little tight! The housekeeping staff was very friendly, and very efficient. In general, the resort staff went out of their way to be friendly, and you will be greeted with pleasantries by almost everyone. With the odd exceptions of the general manager who routinely walked by guests without an acknowledgment or a word (?), and the dive shop staff.

The front desk staff was also very friendly and generally efficient. They seemed to be very limited in the empowerment department, having to get permission before they could allow a late check out request for us. This could easily have been tied to the established housekeeping process. Because the resort only allows 7 day stays, I’m sure Saturday and Sunday are very busy days to turn over rooms. However, they did open up our room as a “day room” for the group of about 28 guests that we were traveling with, while we were still checked in to the room. So, what could be the problem with a quick shower in a room filled with your friends and traveling partners you ask? A little coordination would have avoided this. On a positive note, the Assistant General Manager resolved this quickly and adequately.

Our biggest disappointment came with the dive operation, Reef Divers. High winds, and high seas derailed our diving for our first two days, but of course this is the fault of no one. When we did finally go out, we were initially limited to sites close to the resort.....the south side. Diving here is sub par. These sections of the reef were in pretty bad shape with fewer animals, distressed corals, and lower visibility. After a day or so, we were able to make it through the relatively rough seas to the north side....or as they say “around the corner”. This is where the good diving is....lots of groupers, nurse sharks, turtles, rays including spotted eagle rays, angel fish, and healthy corals, sponges, and sea fans. There is clearly two kinds of diving in Little Cayman.

While there are members of the dive staff that were friendly and helpful, there were others that were decidedly unfriendly, and one who was outright rude. We were able to dive the north side for each dive starting on Wednesday until Friday, as were all of the other resort boats. On our last dive two boats went out. One went to the north side, our boat did not. One of the divers asked why we were not going and the boat captain responded with “Do you want to dive, or not?” In my opinion, an extremely rude response. There are a thousand better ways to respond in that situation.

During our week, every morning dive boat had about 20 divers. We were on a boat which had a 8 divers from our traveling group, and 12 others. There were only two members of the dive staff on each boat. One acting as boat captain and a dive guide. Twenty to one is not the ratio of divers to guides that screams out safety. On each dive, both the boat captain and the dive guide would assist in gearing up each diver. After the first 14 or so divers were in the water, and had descended, the dive guide would stop assisting the remaining divers on the boat, and enter the water. By choice, my wife and I usually entered the water among the last few divers. As a result, and with the extended time it took to get everyone in the water...the large group ended up being very spread out. Thankfully, they gave very good dive briefings, because we rarely saw a dive guide, or even other divers, while in the water. I expect this would be a concern to many divers. One more dive shop employee on the boat would have alleviated this, and allowed the dive guide to enter the water at a time when he or she could actually guide a group of divers. Trying to somehow heard together a group of 20 divers with a single dive guide who was late to the party is bad for the less experienced divers, and bad for the reef.

Because of weather, we spent our diving days trying to make up our pre-paid dives with added afternoon dives. Some in our group had pre-paid for three dives per day, and for nitrox. None of us were able to make up for our missed diving days as the shop only offered a single tank afternoon dive. Be aware that no one in our group was reimbursed for missed dives or for unused and prepaid nitrox tanks. We were all provided vouchers for credit to be used on our next trip. Many of us will not be spending the $3K or so to return, so in essence they are just keeping our money. There was not even a credit issued that could be used in the dive shop. If you pre pay...you could just be giving away that money.

Overall, this could have been a very nice dive trip. It seems that the deficiencies of this resort can be easily rectified. Keep in mind, they are the only game in town....there are very few other options for Little Cayman diving. Perhaps this contributes to their short comings.

Unfortunately, we will not return here. There are many other great options for Caribbean diving where your business is actually appreciated.

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed March 23, 2020

The only thing bad is that our trip got cut short do to co-vid 19.
But let me tell you the resort and the staff are top notch . Every member of the staff always had a smile. You don't have to be a diver to enjoy this slice of paradise. The beach was clean the rooms were spacious and comfortable. The buffet style meals were fantastic. We will definitely be back.

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Manager Guest Relations, Marketing at Little Cayman Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2020

It is so unfortunately that your trip got cut short, but thank you for letting us know you still enjoyed your abbreviated visit, DanG2748. We appreciate you posting a review and will look forward to seeing you again, soon.

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Reviewed March 18, 2020 via mobile

As I write this from the resort we are waiting for our flight out. The Cayman government has order tourists out and shutting down all international flights. The resort is shutting down tomorrow. We were informed on Monday afternoon. I can’t say enough about how well resort management and staff have handled this unprecedented situation and made clear that their first priority is their guests even though most will be unemployed next week. When the world normalizes I would recommend anyone seeking a dive vacation to consider ClearlyCayman properties for this reason alone. They truly care.

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank sckohl1
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Manager Guest Relations, Marketing at Little Cayman Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2020

We're so sorry your vacation was interrupted, sckohl1, but we deeply thank you for recognizing how our fabulous staff helped everyone through a tough situation. We will look forward to welcoming you back when this all has passed. Stay healthy!

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Reviewed March 11, 2020

The hotel and dive operation were first class. Really nice and clean. Rooms were amazingly well thought out for divers. The food was terrific. The bar made New Years Eve great fun. Diving was great.....

Date of stay: January 2020
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1  Thank Amy0328
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Manager Guest Relations, Marketing at Little Cayman Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2020

Thank you very much for your visit and taking time to post a review, Amy0328. We're happy you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed March 5, 2020

First, the diving was amazing--plentiful turtles, grouper, and rays. Healthy coral. The guides communicate clearly and gave detailed briefings. They manage the time so that everyone gets the perfect surface interval. They gear you up and take your gear off, change over to your next tank, feed you some basic snacks, and tell you jokes while you wait for your next drop. Nitrox station is set up for the location mixed to 32% and calibrated daily, and all dives are limited to 110'. The Bloody Bay Wall is epic and we had visibility over 100' every day with one day over 150'. If you follow the divemasters, they will show you some really amazing corners of the reef--they know their backyard! It was beyond words.
On land, this is an extremely clean resort. Little Cayman is small and rural and that means no crowds and healthy coral. The resort is small enough so that quite a few of the staff learn your name during your stay. Each member of the staff was sweet and kind, especially Ingrid in the dining room. The owner of Reef Divers is also a super cool lady and she runs a very organized operation. She provided great advice as I was certifying two Open Water students during this trip. Also, I would recommend this place to older divers and divers with disabilities--they valet service is pretty darned nice. I work as a commercial diver, so having someone remove and switch my tanks between dives felt pretty fancy.
Food was better than average. It is buffet for all meals with enough variety that everyone was able to find something they liked. Steak and lobster night was my favorite, and they had other nights with good carving stations and some local fish.
I was totally exhausted after each day. It was one of the very best vacations I have ever experienced. 17 dives in 6 days. There is mind-blowing natural beauty down there and Little Cayman Beach Resort and Reef Divers set you up for the experience. My only regret is that not enough people signed up for the night dive so that is on my list for next time. Definitely put this place on your list--it is one of the very best corners of the world and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Room tip: there is a building that has rooms removed a bit from the pool. That is likely quieter.
Date of stay: February 2020
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1  Thank WetChris
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Manager Guest Relations, Marketing at Little Cayman Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2020

Wow...you've blown us away with your in-depth review of your visit, WetChris! Thanks so much for choosing our reosort and especially for taking the time to post such detailed feedback which is sure to help others considering coming for a visit. We are sorry you didn't get to make a night dive and hope you'll come back so we can show you the "nightlife" for which we're really known!

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