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Dive Review of Indigo Divers/Ritz-Carlton in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by SUZANNE ROSE, MA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5885
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
New England, North Carolina, Florida Keys, Catalina, Bahamas, Utila,
Mexico, Turks & Caicos.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
The only potential negative for Indigo Divers is the lack of a rinse tank
for cameras. There is a hose to squirt a little fresh water on equipment,
just no bucket in which to let items sit between or after dives. I was so
thrilled with everything else that this didn't bother me. Besides, the
bathtub at the Ritz was more than big enough to rinse my camera when we
were back on land.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I hadn't been diving in Grand Cayman in 14 years, so no longer knowing
which dive operators were highly regarded there, I read the reviews from
Undercurrent. Based on all of the positive feedback, I decided to try
Indigo Divers, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was thrilled. As a
dive instructor, I've worked with many dive operators in the past -- and I
have high expectations. Owners Kate and Chris exceeded those expectations.
I was diving with a friend who was doing his first dives after being
certified. He had never been diving off of a boat or in water deeper than
20 feet, so I wanted people who would make him feel at ease. Kate led two
of us on all of our dives, pointing out critters big and small to both of
us. She checked on my friend regularly, helping as much as needed. He knew
that Kate was there to assist him, but he didn't feel like he was being
babysat. At one point, we approached a swim-through, and I didn't think
that my friend would go in. Kate sensed this, reassured him, and took his
hand to lead the way. To my amazement, he dropped her hand and swam right
through. Her relaxed manner and calm demeanor inspired his confidence. My
friend ended his first two dives feeling like Jacques Cousteau thanks to
her reassurance, encouragement and enthusiasm. And we both appreciated the
fact that they supplied dry towels and tasty snacks, as well as engaging
conversation. Each day, Kate picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the
boat dock on the south side of the island; windy conditions made diving on
the west side, as is usual, impossible. This spared us needing to rent a
car or pay exorbitant taxi fares. Over the course of a few days, I did
multiple fish surveys for REEF, and Kate pointed out several species of
fish that I hadn't seen before and/or litter critters that I wouldn't have
found on my own. She was also a master at finding nudibranchs and elusive
banded jawfish. On our last day of diving, my friend had planned to play
tennis instead of dive. Kate picked me up at the hotel and drove me to the
boat, where I discovered that I was the only customer of the morning.
Ordinarily, I would've expected a dive operator to cancel the outing.
Perhaps it was professional courtesy, instructor to instructor, or the fact
that they would be going out in the afternoon with a full boat (their
maximum is six divers), but I was thoroughly impressed. Both Chris and Kate
jumped in with me, and we dove on an absolutely breathtaking wall to about
110-120 feet. Our second dive of the morning was on a shallower reef. After
nearly an hour, Chris tugged on my fin. I spun around in time to watch a
large spotted eagle ray cruise across the top of the reef. It was a
spectacular finish to three wonderful days of diving. In short, I loved
diving with the Indigo Divers duo. The service was top-notch, with lots of
little extras. And Kate and Chris will offer as much (or as little) help as
needed. We give Indigo Divers two "thumbs-up."
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