Yes, the River City Divers are back from Little Cayman, and we had a great time. I think the group would agree that it was one of the best trips we've made in the 13 years we've been diving together. We were lucky to catch a week of perfect weather in the Caymans while it was raining at home most of the time we were there. The Little Cayman Beach Resort is just a 20-minute boat ride from Bloody Bay Wall. The seas were flat calm, so the rides were pleasant, and the visibility was up to 200 feet at many of the sites. It was wonderful being able to swim along at 80 feet, looking up to the surface and the top of the wall at 30 feet, and then looking down to where the next ridge of the wall disappeared below in the deep blue of 6,000 feet of water. Sighting of turtles and sharks were common throughout the week, and there was an occasional eagle ray.
The Beach Resort itself was very comfortable. My wife and I shared a second floor beach-front room, and she, a non-diver, enjoyed sitting on the balcony reading and watching the coconut palms sway. She was also able to watch the boat leave and return. We made two dives each morning and returned to the resort for lunch, after which we would go out for one more dive in the afternoon. Most of us were able to make 17 dives, i.e., three a day for five days and two Friday morning before flying out on Saturday. After that last dive each day we would swim and sit by the pool with a frozen pina colada while I filled out my log. And yes, I'm still doing my log after 852 dives because otherwise I would not know that I've done 852 or remember that I first dived Ronny's Gazebo, perhaps the signature site of the island, in 1998.
The food at the resort was exceptionally good. For breakfast we could choose from the buffet or have eggs and omelets cooked to order. The variety of offerings at the lunch and dinner buffets was outstanding, and everyone in the group had to make a conscious effort not to overeat, especially from the dessert counter where there were always three or four choices like key lime pie and bananas foster cake. Our meal plan included two drinks a day, so we usually followed up the afternoon pina colada with a glass of wine for dinner. For those who needed more spirits than that, there was a great bar by the pool with some of the most cheerful bartenders I've ever met. The bar was a great meeting place, decorated with signs commemorating all the dive groups that have visited over the years.
All in all, it was a wonderful dive vacation. We all appreciate your telling us about the resort and making the arrangements. The only place our group had been to twice in our years of travel together is Buddy Dive on Bonaire, but we may well go back to the Little Cayman Beach Resort someday.
By Bruce McIntosh