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Dive Review of Indigo Divers/Westin in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Adam & Julie Maurer, NJ, USA
Report Number 2509
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands (other), Florida Keys, Monterey, New Jersey
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits were enforced.  No touching of coral or sea life.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We stayed at the Westin, which was about the same as any other Cayman hotel
(nice, but overpriced).  There is a restaurant across the street that we
ate lunch at for much less money and with better food: Eats Café. 
We dove, however, with Indigo Divers.

Five years ago, we dove with Captain Don's, which is no longer in business.
 We tried to find the divemaster that we had such a great time with and
found out that he and his wife opened up Indigo Divers.  With a maximum six
divers on board, it was a personalized experience for those people who
prefer not to be cramped on a cattle boat.  The captain, owner, and
divemaster, Chris Alpers, and his wife, Kate, ran a top-notch operation. 
They let divers dive to their experience within reasonable limits.  We
preferred to dive with Chris and Kate rather than on our own; they pointed
out sea life that we would have missed and brought us to spots with some of
the bigger creatures, such as turtles, sharks (nurse, reef, and
hammerhead), eels, and various rays.  Kate also has a particular knack for
finding critters, pointing out some beautiful smaller creatures that we
would have missed.  The boat was in excellent condition and often had only
four divers, Kate, and Chris.  Chris was receptive to customer requests,
such as spending the surface interval at Stingray City or hitting specific
dive sites.  We got really spoiled on the boat.  Of course, the equipment
is taken care of and they have snacks and drinks.  Kate's sense of humor
made the trips back and forth enjoyable and Chris has a wealth of diving
experience.  On our first dive, my wife's mask was filling with water due
to a crack sustained during travel.  Kate swapped masks with her under
water and saved the dive.  They went the extra mile to ensure that
everybody was comfortable, safe, and had a good time.  I would not even
consider diving with anyone else in Grand Cayman.  They provided Nitrox for
a fee ($15/tank) which was worth it for us "geezers."  The coral
wasn't as great as I remember it, still nice, but we saw plenty of
critters.  Also, the water was not as crystal clear as I remember it.

The island is still recovering from the hurricane in 04 and some shops and
restaurants had just reopened.  Tuesdays are all you can eat lobster at
Deckers (do not miss it if you love lobster).  Calypso Grill was another
winning restaurant.  Don't go to the Wharf unless you have several kids in

The bottom line is: we went down to dive for three days and ended up diving
for five days because Kate and Chris at Indigo Divers made the trip so
enjoyable.  They cost a few bucks more than other places, but they are
absolutely worth it.  They have a great boat, fantastic personalities, and
provide a wonderful diving experience.
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