Conch Club Divers picked us up every morning and took us in their van a few blocks down the road to the their boat. Ann, Tim, and Dave were the team of dive masters there--the best we'd come across in 20 years. They knew the area well and were quite professional while providing a fun and interesting experience. There were a greater number of fish in the water there than we'd seen on Caribbean dives in a long, long time.
Carol Keller, Kansas, February, 2010
Conch Club Divers/Paradise Villas, Mar 2010 (Rpt #5419) by Michael Hynan
WI, US. Dive Experience: 101-250. Visibility: 80 to 150 Feet. Water: 78 to 79 F. Seas: choppy, no currents.Comments:
We made our ninth visit to Little Cayman, staying again at Paradise Villas and diving with Conch Club Divers. Our 2001 stay at Paradise Villas convinced us that vacationing with the resort operators, Marc and Sabine, was a guaranteed wonderful experience. Although we have had thoughts of other dive destinations, we have joined the group of people who are in a 'rut' (a wonderful 9 year rut) about coming to Paradise Villas.
Conch Club Divers/Paradise Villas, Mar 2010 (Rpt #5426) by John, CA, US.
Dive Experience: 251-500. Visibility: 70 to 100 Feet. Water: 79 to 81 F. Seas: calm, choppy.
We go on a diving excursion every year with an informal group of ten or so family and friends -- most very experienced divers with advanced certifications -- and have been all around the Caribbean. We have to say that this year's two-week trip to Little Cayman, the Paradise Villas and Conch Club Divers was absolutely fantastic. The pace is relaxed, and the diving, service, and accommodations were superb. We will return.
The diving: some of the best we have encountered. We dove with Conch Club Divers on the good ship Sea-Esta. The crew -- Bill (who owns the CCD operation), Ann and Tim -- were expert, knowledgeable, efficiently helpful, accommodating and a delight to dive with. Bill is a skillful boat handler and all are outstanding dive masters/guides. Ann delights in finding the smallest of interesting critters among the coral and sponges, and Tim in his pre-dive briefings regaled us with (apocryphal) tales of Blackbeard the Pirate and the Cuban Navy. (Yes, he somehow managed to connect the two.) We were free to follow them under water or explore on our own, sticking to the agreed-upon dive profile. The diving itself was excellent, with the Bloody Bay wall, wonderful sponges and coral formations teeming with colorful small reef fish, lots of arches and swim-throughs, and abundant sea life, especially turtles (lots), cow fish, hogfish, file fish, trigger fish, angels, hordes of smaller reef fish, lobsters, crabs, and the rarer nurse and reef sharks, moray eels, and eagle rays. The Paradise Villas was an ideal place for us to stay. The villas are right on the water, and are charming with what we call Caribbean Rustic Elegance". The staff -- Marc, Sabine, and Michelle are wonderful people and took very good care of us without being all over us. The service from Patrick and Emma at the Hungry Iguana restaurant was great and the food is not fancy but quite good; the curry lovers among us said that the curry served on "Curry Night" is among the best they have ever had. This is not a place to go if you want to rub elbows with hordes of tourists, shop 'till you drop, and boogie until dawn. But if like us, you want a relaxed and gracious experience with wonderful people right on top of fabulous dive sites, we highly recommend the Paradise Villas and Conch Club Divers.
Conch Club Divers/Paradise Villas, May 2010 (Rpt #5628) by Sandra K Falen, KS, US. Dive Experience: Over 1000. Visibility:100 to 120 Feet. Water: 80 to 81 F.
For Caribbean diving, it's hard to top Little Cayman. It had been nine years since my previous visit, and I shouldn't have waited that long to return. Paradise Villas (PV) is flat out terrific, and a great value. Every cottage is beachfront, with spacious verandas front and back, and compact bedroom, living, and dining areas. The kitchen facilities made it easy to do breakfast on our own, as well as a post-dive Happy Hour while reviewing that day's photos over a cold beer or rum punch (we stocked up at the nearby grocery and liquor store). Lunch and dinners at the Hungry Iguana, on site, were decent and reasonably priced (don't miss the mango sorbet). PV is well-managed by a friendly staff, the property is clean and inviting, and I was even able to check email from my room, with the free WiFi. The staff at Conch Club Divers (CCD) is experienced, safety-conscious, and a lot of fun, and I give them a 5-star rating. They know the territory, care deeply about the island and its waters, and they run an efficient operation. They picked us at PV at around 7:30am for the short ride to the Little Cayman Beach Resort, where CCD's boat is docked. If you're a Nitrox diver, you'll analyze and label your tanks at the shop here each day. There are roomy rinse tanks, a large gear storage area, and a camera rinse tank. Morning dives consist of a 2-tank trip, with surface interval spent on the boat. After returning to the dock, the CCD staff cheerfully motored us back to PV in time for lunch. My friends and I also opted for a single-tank afternoon dive, and the CCD van usually picked us up at around 1:30. Diving on LC provides for outstanding photographic opportunities, with the sheer and stunning Bloody Bay Wall as a backdrop. I was pleased to see that the corals are still pretty healthy, and so, too, is the fish population.