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Dive Review of Indigo Divers/Plantana Condominiums in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Walter Brodrick, VA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6122
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire; Curacao; Saba; Hatteras, NC;  Myrtle Beach, SC; Florida Keys;
Cooper River, SC; and local quarries.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
My dive buddy and I spent five dive-days in May 2011 with the owners of
Indigo Divers, Chris and Kate Alpers, and we both agreed we couldnt have
been more pleased. On some days it was just the two of us, on other days
maybe three, or four, but never more than six divers on board.  Both Kate
and Chris are laid back and, as such, are easy to talk to, easy to joke
with, and just a fun couple to share a boat with.  They made us feel
relaxed from the minute we boarded The Cats Meow.   When asked, theyre
free with diving advice you can count on, since both are seasoned pros with
thousands of dives between them.  And sometimes, they offered great
unsolicited advice, but always in a friendly, non-intimidating way.  Thanks
to them Ive personally made permanent changes to my gear and weight

Chris gave us a good pre-dive briefing before each dive.  Prior to entering
the water, the diver sits on the stern platform and then Chris hands the
gear to the diver. When ready, its an easy forward roll into the water. 
Chris leads the group while Kate follows. There were some great wall dives
and some nice swim -throughs.  Seeing a flock of eagle rays was a
highlight. We also saw a couple  Hawksbills and a Green Turtle, some nice
sized morays and a few large lobsters. Chris did his share of reducing the
lionfish population and Kate did a fantastic video of my dives on Hepps
Wall and the USS Kittiwake.  Safety was paramount.  My buddy and I agreed
that we thought we were watched carefully the first few dives until we felt
Chris and Kate seemed comfortable with our diving abilities. Then we could
freelance, while still following Chriss lead, with Kate not far behind. 
On exiting the water, Chris would first grab the divers unbuckled BCD at
the stern prior to the diver climbing up the boat ladder.  The tank was
changed out immediately for the next dive.   After each dive Kate offered
cold water, cookies and orange slices.  There was always enough for seconds
or thirds.  During the surface interval, we all shared our funnier dive
stories with plenty of laughs to go around. Gear was stored on the boat for
the next days dives. Our morning boat rides departed pretty much on time
and we returned in the early afternoon, which left us with more than enough
time for any non-diving activities.  

Since we couldnt dive the day before flying out, we decided to take a
separate snorkeling trip to Stingray City. (There is a shallow dive
available at SRC, but our wives arent divers.)  I thought a trip to SRC
would be touristy and a waste of time. I was half right. It was touristy
but we had a blast!  There were plenty of boats with tourists swarming the
decks. Our boat, about half full (15 snorkelers) anchored  about a fifty
yards from the nearest boat and within minutes at least a dozen, if not
more, Southern Stingrays converged around us looking for a free meal.  The
deck hands provided frozen squid which many of us used to attract and feed
the rays, some having wing spans three feet across.  Our trip operator
was  Captain Marvins,  which offered a half day trip to three sites, the
last being SRC.  I was very satisfied with Captain Marvins, but if you
decide on another operator, look for one with a small boat.  I felt the
large and mostly crowded boats (probably from the cruise ships) made it
hard for many on board to attract their own stingrays. Those on our boat,
who wanted to, could each attract stingrays as there were fewer people with
plenty of frozen squid.              

My wife and I, and my dive buddy and his wife, booked separate units in the
Plantana Condominiums.  Mine was a beachfront on the third floor (no
elevators) but worth the climb for the nice views.  We stayed in unit 40, a
one bedroom (second bedroom was locked), which was very clean and nicely
decorated.  The staff provided daily light cleaning, replaced towels, soap
and made up the king-sized bed. Theres a washer and dryer in the unit.  We
were very happy staying there and will ask for the same room on our next
visit.  My dive buddy stayed in a less expensive  ground floor unit with a
nice garden view and was also pleased.  The staff is very friendly.  The
Plantana has a nice beach and pool. A grocery store (closed Sundays) is
located about a mile away. Great restaurants are within a 20 minute walk. 
A town shuttle stop is located across the street, although we didnt use
it.  We rented a car from Andys Rental which seemed reasonably priced. 
Andys picked us up at the Plantana the first day and drove us back the
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