Extended bonus coverage from the Nov/Dec 2001 issue, pages 78-79. Conch Club Condominiums, Little Cayman, BWI Tucked away on the quiet South Shore of Little Cayman, the Conch Club has set a whole new standard for luxury living in Sister Islands. Once thought to be a remote undeveloped islet of wild scrub, untouched beaches and seabirds, Little Cayman has blossomed into a Caribbean paradise with all the modern amenities of home. Surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of Cayman's most natural island, the Conch Club offers a splendid way for couples, families or friends to experience the tranquility of a remote Caribbean island, while enjoying the luxury amenities of an ultra modern townhouse as well as the personal services of a dedicated dive center known as Conch Club Divers. THE ISLAND: Little Cayman, 11 miles long and 1 mile wide, is the smallest of the three Cayman Islands in the British West Indies. It is located about 90 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and 5 miles west of Cayman Brac. The Cayman Islands are 170 miles northeast of Jamaica and 480 miles south of Miami. RESORT LOCATION: The Conch Club Condominiums are situated on a private beach on the south shore, bordered by the South Hole Sound, just ½ mile from the Edward Bodden Airport. MANAGEMENT: Daniel E. Tibbetts, President of the management company, oversees a team of professional hoteliers experienced in resort operations and committed to providing a vacation that exceeds your expectations. ACCOMMODATIONS: 20 townhome units, 2 two-story ''treetop height'' buildings, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and landscaped gardens. The design and architecture reflect the quaintness and charm of the tropical Caribbean style, with the building exterior finished in sunny golden yellow with white trim. - 3 Three Bedroom Luxury Oceanfront Townhomes with over 2,000 square feet of living space. - 11 Two Bedroom Luxury Oceanfront Townhomes with over 1,700 square feet of living space.Each townhome is professionally furnished with attractive tropical decor and:- Two Bedroom units have 1 queen, 2 twins & 1 dbl convertible bed. - Three Bedroom units have 1 queen, 1 double and 2 twins. - Private Patio and Balcony. - Fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer. - Central air-conditioning, as well as overhead ceiling fans throughout. - Color cable television and radio/alarm clock. - Bathroom with combination tub/shower, and a deluxe bathroom amenity package. RESTAURANT: The Bird of Paradise Restaurant at the Little Cayman Beach Resort offers dining in a casual atmosphere, either indoors in air-conditioned comfort or outdoors in an alfresco setting. Buffet-style meals. Theme night buffet dinners featuring continental menus and island specialties. BAR: Beach Nuts Bar, adjacent to the Bird of Paradise Restaurant, is a poolside bar overlooking the beach, specializing in refreshing, tropical drinks. MEETING & BANQUET FACILITIES: Located next door at Little Cayman Beach Resort, the Grouper Room Building offers 1,270 square feet of space with its own kitchen and restrooms. It accommodates 54 in a classroom setting, 70 auditorium and 40 for private dining parties. Full audio-visual equipment is available for rental. RECREATION:* 500 feet of beautiful white sand beach.* Freshwater swimming pool with heated Jacuzzi.* Recreation facilities & activities available next door at Little Cayman Beach Resort* Snorkeling, swimming, beach volleyball, ping-pong, horseshoes, basketball, darts, bicycles, sailboats and kayaks.* Chaise lounges at pool and beach, and beach towels.* Lighted tennis court.* Game room with board games and TV monitor with VHS VCR for dive videos. Full Guest Activities Program, including Welcome Drink, Weekly Manager's Rum Punch Cocktail Party, underwater videos at the bar and slide presentations. WEEKLY EVENTS: Manager's Rum Punch Party - Monday 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Karaoke at the Beach Nuts Bar, LCBR next door - Friday 8:30 to 10:30 pm. DIVE OPERATION: Conch Club Divers, Ltd. sets a ''new standard'' on Little Cayman for world-class facilities, diver-friendly services and safety standards. Conch Club Divers features a new fully equipped dive shop and a brand new custom-designed dive boat. Conch Club Divers is a member of the Cayman Islands Watersports Operators Association (CIWOA) and the Sister Island Tourism Association (SITA). LOCATION: Conch Club Divers is the in-house dive operation at the Conch Club Condominiums and offers diving services to Conch Club guests as well as divers from other resorts on Little Cayman. Conch Club Divers is unique in that the boat departs from the Condominium's dock when the divers are ready. At approximately 8:30 a.m. for a 2-Tank Morning Boat Dive, and at 2:30 p.m. for a 1-Tank Afternoon Boat Dive. Conch Club Divers customizes their schedule to your diving. With only 15 divers aboard, their motto is, we can do it your way. MANAGEMENT: Bill Christoffers, Manager, oversees a team of PADI certified professionals, committed to providing the best and safest dive experience on Little Cayman. Bill, our Water Sports Coordinator is certified by PADI as an Open Water Scuba Instructor and Specialty Course Instructor. Conch Club Divers' staff of 4 includes PADI certified Instructors/Divemasters/Licensed Boat Captains, Nitrox Instructors, Rebreather Instructors, mechanics and SCUBA equipment repair specialists. DIVE CENTER: Conch Club Divers offers guided SCUBA diving boat tours; snorkeling trips; complete PADI instructional programs (including one-day resort courses, 4-day full certifications, advanced training and Nitrox certification); an air-conditioned classroom; aluminum 80 cu. ft. and 63 cu. ft. SCUBA tanks, as well as Sherwood rental equipment; and an equipment repair service. The Dive Center sells a complete selection of SCUBA diving equipment, accessories and Conch Club Divers logo dive sportswear. Nitrox Certification and diving is available as well as rebreather instruction. The dive center provides fresh water rinsing tanks, fresh water showers, a dive gear storage area, and restrooms. Conch Club Divers uses two new Mako 29.7 cfm, electric-powered, air-cooled dive compressors, complete with state-of-the-art filtration system and plenty of air storage capacity. Nitrox is supplied by Nitrox Technologies. DIVING HIGHLIGHTS: - World famous Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park with magnificent wall diving. - 100's of different hard and soft corals and over 500 types of fish. - Incredible visibility . . . usually 100 to 150 feet . . . with little or no current. - Warm water . . . 82°+ F (27° C), Winter 78° to 80°, Summer 82° to 86° - Weekly trips to dive the Russian frigate available (weather permitting)- Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Nassau Groupers, Moray Eels, Stingrays, Horse-Eye Jacks, Barracuda, Flying Gurnards, Seahorses and more! CONCH CLUB BOAT: Conch Club Divers guests enjoy the advantage of a custom-designed dive boat - The Sea-Esta. Custom designed for diving at Little Cayman, this dive boat was built by Newton Boats, Inc., Slidell, Louisiana. Fabricated to American Bureau of Shipping specifications, and powered by twin Caterpillar 370 hp 3126 diesel engines. This Newton dive boat is a diver's dream -- 42 feet long and 16 feet wide with a cruising speed of 20 mph! SEA-ESTA provides:* Fast, smooth boat rides to the best dive sites.* Comfortable, padded bench seats, convenient gear storage area and tank racks.* Plenty of shade with a sunning area on the forward deck. * Sheltered cabin area providing protection from the wind and spray. * Easy giant stride entry from the large stern dive platform.* Easy exit from the water using dive ladders and handrails.* Padded camera table in the cabin area to protect underwater photo gear.* Heated freshwater shower.* Ice water, juice, fruit and snacks. State-of-the-art sound and music equipment.* Restroom facilities on board. * A VHF ship-to-shore radio, an emergency oxygen kit, First Aid equipment and USCG approved boat safety equipment. * A hang line & regulator, a descent line, a current line and no-deco tables. REEF PHOTO & VIDEO CENTER: Reef Photo & Video Center, the only Official Nikonos Photo Center on Little Cayman, rents a variety of underwater photo and video equipment, including Nikonos V camera systems, Nikkon 15mm, 20mm, 28mm, and 35mm lenses, macro tubes, close-up kits, strobes and accessories. Reef Photo currently uses light and motion stingray housings with TR910 hi8 cameras. Reef Photo & Video Center produces custom underwater VHS videos. The videos include all divers on the boat and are offered for sale at the showing later the same day. Custom private videos are also available. Stock videos of Little Cayman's best dive sites can be added to any custom video. All videos, including duplicates, are finished productions including titles and music and are reproduced in VHS NTSC format. Reef Photo & Video Center offers underwater photo and video courses, ranging from basic to advanced. Instruction is tailored to accommodate the skill level of the student.
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