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

Indigo Divers/Ritz-Carlton, Dec, 2010,

by SUZANNE ROSE, MA, US ( 1 report). Report 5885.

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

Weather windy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

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

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