Ascend

Handcuff Reef

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Latitude: 19.74330

Longitude: -79.76955

GPS coordinates are the shore entry point
for this dive site.

Dive Site Tags:

 Easy entry
 Salt water

Site Access: Shore

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Approximate Depth:
10m / 32ft


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MarilynF
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9 Reviews
helpful review 6 Helpful votes

"Calm easy entrance"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2018

Stairs to get in and out from, large "pool" area to get your group organized to go out. Saw an octopus while we were getting set. This is where the police launch their boat from so be aware when entering and exiting. Water was 86 degrees F, dove with just a rash guard. Saw Rock Beauty, File and Burr Fish. Swim over the hard pan and there is a great Coral Head with lots of fish and plant life.... Show More

Visited November 2014

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TopGun
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82 Reviews
helpful review 35 Helpful votes

"A Site Anybody Can Dive"

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2017

A great place to shore dive. There is an area like a swimming pool beside the boat launch at about 8 feet deep and protected from the ocean. You get in here, descend and then swim out the channel, make sure you take a dive buoy, at about 25 feet down you will see a single large coral head. Lots of life on and around it. A great place to spend 5 minutes on the return and reduce nitrogen. Just past here is also a good place to anchor your buoy on the hard pan or in the sand, be careful so you don't damage the reef. Here you can decide to go left, straight or right all are good choices, we have never seen any current here. We have seen turtles, rays, Rock Beauties, the occasional drum fish and if you are looking hard, Peacock Flounders and cleaner shrimp.
On your way back after spending a few minutes at the coral head slowly swim back to the entry site looking for octopus and other creatures. Do this right and this will also be your Safety Stop.
If this is your first dive of the day, once you are out, step across the road, there is a bakery there with awesome cinnamon buns. What a way to spend your interval.
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Visited November 2014

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SharkBait
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7 Reviews
helpful review 6 Helpful votes

"Amazing site! "

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2017

This is easily one of my favorite dive sites. The entry point is easy to get in and out of and during our dive we were amazed by the variety of aquatic life. We dove this site a few times and always saw something new each time. This is where I saw an octopus for the first time.... Show More

Visited December 2013

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LB_Scuba
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85 Reviews
helpful review 15 Helpful votes

"Hard to beat!"

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2017

One of the best shore dives you'll ever experience. This site is perfect for divers from beginner to expert. The entry is very easy with stairs going down into the 'pool' or you can giant stride right off the ledge. Depth can get around 55ft. Prepare for a relaxing long dive with tons of marine life and healthy reef.... Show More

Visited February 2016

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RachelleB
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16 Reviews
helpful review 14 Helpful votes

"Stress free Shore Dive"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2017

We dove this site several times while visiting Cayman Brac. Great shore dive, especially for beginners or big groups. Entry and exit is easy and stress free. Average depth about 55 ft. Visibility is great - around 100 ft. Water temperature 84 degrees. We saw a ton of marine life, always something new each dive. To name a few: spotted drummer fish, peacock flounder, couple different stingrays (southern stingray and yellow stingray), morray eels, puffer fish and rock beauty's. ... Show More

Visited November 2014

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