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Dive Review of Indigo Divers/Grand Cayman Beach Suites in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Dorothy McDonald, OH, US
Contributor   (17 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6033
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Throughout Caribbean and Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100' was set as limit on first dive each day, but it didn't seem to be a
problem if we dropped a little lower.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No fresh water or particular place to put an underwater camera on the boat.
 They were willing to hand camera to diver in water and to take it from
diver and place in boat on ascent.  Since they take a small number of
divers the boat is not crowded so it was easy to put the camera in a
protected spot on floor.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We liked the condo a lot - spacious, the staff was friendly and helpful,
and good restaurant on premises.  It is within walking distance to some
other restaurants and to the Camana Bay complex (the tower with huge
marine-life mosaic is worth seeing and it's free).  We opted to pay a
little more for a walk-out balcony and are glad we did as it gave us a
place to dry our dive gear.  There are 5 floors and the top floor has the
best ocean view - trees partially block the view on lower levels.  There
are 2 elevators and one was not working during most of our stay, but that
didn't seem to be a problem or create delays.  Check bill before leaving as
both we and the couple we were traveling with had charges on our bill that
we did not make.  The staff did not give us any problem when we explained
that the charges were not ours.

After reading reports in Undercurrent we reserved diving with Indigo
Divers.  They take a max of 6 divers and leave early (Kate picked us up at
7:20 each morning) so we were back by 11:30 each day, giving us plenty of
time to do other things with non-divers.  The boat was very comfortable,
plenty of shade and soft seats!  Between dives they served fresh orange
slices, cookies, soda and water.  Chris keeps the boat ship-shape.  There
were 3 divers in our group as well as 2 other divers.  The first dive each
day was to be a max of 100', but if we dipped a little lower nothing was
said.  Everyone was to return to the boat with 700# remaining.  The other 2
divers were father and young teen son.  Either Chris or Kate would act as
their leader while the other led the 3 of us.  Because of the son's age,
they kept them at a shallower depth than the rest of us went to on the
first dive each day.  Both Kate & Chris were great at pointing out
small or hard to see marine life - like jaw fish with eggs in their mouth,
stone fish or decorator crabs.  We saw tarpon and barracuda as well as more
colorful tropical fish. They were both great about letting us go at our own
pace and have a leisurly look at things.  After the second dive we returned
to the dock and Kate drove the 3 of us back to our condo on Seven Mile
Beach.  The other 2 divers had their own car.  We were able to leave most
gear on the boat, but were asked to take our dive skins with us so we could
rinse and dry them out overnight - no problem, at least we didn't have to
schlep most of our gear back and forth each day. We wore microprene suits
and reef vests - and I wore a bonnet - and were plenty warm for 2
dives/day.  Diving with Indigo Divers was a great experience.  The only
somewhat negative is that the way the boat is configured, there is little
room on the dive deck so Chris sets up everyone's gear and stays on the
deck to help each diver as they put on their BC & fins while sitting on
the dive deck and then do a forward roll into the water before the next
diver can move to the deck.  If you don't mind letting someone else set up
your gear and waiting in the water as other divers gear up, then you'll
probably enjoy Indigo Divers.
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