Brac Reef Resort...when are we going brac?
Cayman Brac is an island that is NOT for everyone. However, if you are a diver or you are looking to literally "get away from it all" you will positively LOVE the island as well as the people.
The Brac Reef Resort is not a fancy, upscale resort that you may picture...in all honesty, if I wasn't on a diving vacation I wouldn't have even stayed there. The rooms are modest...my husband and I had a room with two double beds...I don't know if the hotel offers anything else, but this was a disappointment. There is even a sign in the room that requests that the air conditioner be turned off when you leave the room to save energy. We had the food plan and the buffets were a little bit different each day...overall I would rate the food as above average but not exceptional. The swimming pool was too cold to really want to spend any time in and the hot tub was broken half the time we were there.
HOWEVER....the dive shop on location at the hotel is absolutely exceptional. This is a first-class operation. The divers are very knowledgeable of the island and the various dive sites. This was the best diving I have done in a long, long time. The Tibbets is a wreck that was everyone's favorite. If you have a rental car, you can even drive to the site and snorkel out to it. You will NOT be disappointed!
This was different way of vacationing...you are up early and on the boat at 8 in the morning, right after breakfast. You can arrange to do 2 dives in the morning and one in the afternoon after lunch. Besides diving, there is not much else to do at the resort. There is Karaoke night at the hotel where some of the locals join the festivities. We found ourselves going to bed very early...around 9 pm each night. You basically wake up, eat breakfast, dive, eat lunch, dive then eat dinner with the same people for days. This was a positive experience for us...we enjoyed everyone and everyone was very friendly. We jokingly referred to the Brac Reef Resort as "Dive Camp".
One note...if you spend a couple of days on the Brac try to rent a car, if possible. There are many caves to explore on the island, as well as the lighthouse park on the bluff and several public beaches. There is also a parrot reserve...but we saw more wild parrots at the Christopher Columbus Park in the middle of the bluff.
Overall, if you are a diver looking for a "dive vacation"...you will love it here!
P.S. Please note the Divi Tiara resort has been closed for several months.
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