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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Adam, ma, usa (1 report)
Report Number 4929
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Papua New Guinea, BVI, Florida Keys, Southern California, Indonesia,
Hawaii, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Bonaire, Curacao, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Kate and Chris, our divemasters set some restrictions on dive time and
depth but for the most part we were really quite free to do what we pleased
as far as our profiles were concerned.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Despite the lack of a rinse tank on board our dive boat, I found that the
subject matter more than made up for this. Almost every dive offered
amazing opportunities to get great pictures. I came out with awesome pics
of eagle rays and a variety of other marine life. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Heading into our Grand Cayman trip we didn't quite know what to expect. Ive
been diving in the Caribbean now for 7 years, and my father has been diving
there for 25+ years, so its safe to say we've seen much of what the area
has to offer as far as marine life goes. We've also expanded our diving to
the Indopacific, so its always tough to choose to dive in the Caribbean
over some of the other locations we've visited more recently. 

However, we headed to the Cayman Islands due to its proximity to home and
because my nondiver mother and brother were joining us. We found Indigo
Divers thru undercurrents as we searched for a small dive operator that
offered a more personal experience and that catered more to the experience
level of each diver. Kate and Chris, owners of Indigo Divers, have a small
boat that holds only six divers max. Despite its size, I found it rather
comfortable. There is plenty of storage space for gear, dry space for
towels, shoes etc, and the boats are fast. We departed every morning (and
Kate is willing to pick divers up at their hotel) before the larger dive
operators so I found that we always had our choice of dive site. As a
result, we did not dive the same site twice throughout the entire trip.
Departing early also meant we returned early, around 1130 each day, which
gave my father and me time to spend with my mother and brother on the beach
each afternoon. 

I really loved the diving and to date it probably rivals Bonaire as my
favorite Caribbean location. We saw a huge hammerhead shark, reef shark,
nurse shark, plenty of turtles and eagle rays, and a new apricot sea slug.
I also found and photographed a Gaudy Clown Crab that I had previously
never seen as well. The corals also seemed relatively healthy considering
the amount of diving and development going on on the island, so the dive
sites were enjoyable for more than just their fish life because the
topography offered up by the coral structures was very nice. Kate and Chris
did an excellent job of seeking out the small, macro subjects that my
father and I love to photograph. Small crustaceans, jawfish, and plenty of
juvenille drums were some of their cool finds, and I know we really
appreciated them pointing out the critters for our photography. Our dive
times and profiles were also not so strictly monitored, which made our
photography easier as we either slowed down our pace behind the group or
altered out depths. 

The professionalism of the pair was further demonstrated by their handling
of my fathers violation of no deco limits which sent him into an extended
20 min deco stop. I first shared my air with my father at the stop but Kate
insisted I surface. She remained at the stop with my father for the
remaining 15 min while I ate cookies and relaxed topside. 

I also want to mention that we had the extremely rare opportunity, at least
as far as the Cayman's go, to get up close and personal with a very
friendly 7-8 ft manta ray. As I stood on my hotel balcony after diving one
day I noticed a shadow in the water. Expecting it to simply be a sting ray
I wandered out and was surprised to find a manta in 3-5 ft of water. he was
in no hurry and allowed both my father and I to capture video and stills as
he made his way slowly from the beachcomber hotel to the ritz. it was truly
an amazing experience. 

I must also recommend doing a night dive at Turtle Reef. the topography of
the wall there was very cool with lots of places for invertebrate life to
hide. TOns of channel clinging crabs, a purplemouth moray, and a spanish
slipper lobster during the night dive. definitely recommended! and its a
shore dive! easy entry right at macabuco restaurant, and if your're lucky
there will be live music waiting for you when you end your dive.

So, overall it was a fantastic trip. I feel like I saw something new on
each and every dive. Our fellow divers for the most part were interesting
and experienced. Our divemasters were extrmely friendly, professional, and
fun. the island offered much more to do than just my mother and
brother enjoyed the trip as much as my father and I did. And I got to spend
a week with hammerheads, eagle rays, mantas, and turtles. Not bad! I
definitely recommend this trip and Indigo Divers for those seeking a great
Caribbean SCUBA get-away. 
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