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

Indigo Divers/Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Apr, 2011,

by Dorothy McDonald, OH, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6033.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Throughout Caribbean and Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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