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Review: Away.com

Little Cayman tops many divers’ must-dive list for good reason. Just a stone’s throw from this tiny island’s shoreline, gardens of corals and sponges glimmer like Technicolor rainbows, pristine walls drop into 6,000 feet of deep, blue water, and the visibility perpetually tops 150 feet or more.

The Little Cayman Beach Resort has visiting divers’ needs covered from every angle.

Located on a private beach along the south shore, the property overlooks the protected, aquamarine lagoon inside South Sound. After suffering damage during Hurricane Paloma, the resort underwent major renovations in early 2009, and its 40 rooms were significantly upgraded, including new furniture, flooring, and bathrooms decorated with contemporary island flair. The accommodations are split into 28 poolside and 12 oceanfront rooms. On-site amenities include a full-service spa, gourmet restaurant, and small shopping boutique. Active guests can swim in the pool, soak in the hot tub, play on the tennis and basketball courts, work out at the fitness center, or grab a bike and explore the island.

Reef Divers, the on-site dive center and full-service dive-training center, is well regarded for its attentive service and environmental stewardship. Little Cayman Beach Resort is a field station for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation and participates in seasonal sea-turtle and grouper-spawning research.

The dive schedule includes three dives daily—a two-tank trip in the morning, one tank in the afternoon—at any of the nearly 60 dive sites around the island. Most of those dives happen along the walls off the north shore, including Bloody Bay Wall, renowned for its dizzyingly steep drop and abundant marine life. Night dives run a couple times a week based on demand, and special trips to Cayman Brac to dive the Caymans’ most popular wreck dive, the MV Captain Keith Tibbets, are also available.

Underwater photographers will appreciate the Reef Divers’ photo center—the only one on the island—which offers digital and video cameras for rent, and underwater photography/videography courses taught by the professional photographers on staff. Divers can also hire a staff member to shoot custom video of their dives.

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