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Dive Review of Indigo Divers in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Indigo Divers, Jan, 2013,

by Michael Recorvits, RI, US ( 1 report). Report 6872.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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

I dove with Indigo Divers for the first time on January 21, 2013 as well as January 22, 28, and 31 for a total of 8 GREAT dives. And in a few words diving with Captain Chris and Kate is simply FIRST CLASS DIVING.

I’m a relatively new diver (even though I’m 68) becoming certified in June of 2011. So far I’ve dived in Grand Cayman and Hawaii with six different boat diving operators and several on-shore dive shops. And I have a pretty good idea what makes for a great diving experience.

While I have personally experienced First Class Diving with Indigo Divers (www.indigodivers.com), in this trip report I’m sharing with you some facts that substantiate why Chris and Kate make Indigo Divers a First Class operation. It’s somewhat lengthy; however, I hope that it will help you chose a dive operator based on facts and examples.

1. Kate and Chris love diving and they want divers on their boat to enjoy it as much as they do. Once you dive with a maximum of six divers on a fairly large boat with comfortable padded seats, you will never want to dive on a “cattle boat” or be squeezed in on a “six-pack” boat.

2. One thing that I have not experienced before, and will always remember, is the best exit out of the water at the end of a dive. You swim up to the boat, you remove your BCD with tank, and Chris hauls it into the boat. You then take off your fins and have a easy climb onto the boat. Fabulous if you’re young, if you are older, or if you are in between!

3. Kate and Chris are helpful without being intrusive. In previous boat dives my entry was the giant stride. I was hesitant to do a forward roll. They not only explained the how to, but also provided encouragement that gave me confidence. Yep, it’s the best way to enter the water. And this being my first dive in six months, I was a little nervous. Again Kate and Chris coached me and made sure that I was able to “get under” using the mooring line. After this first dive, I was all set.

4. Prior to your dive Chris sets up the gear, and when you are ready he brings it to you, helps you get the BCD on, doesn’t rush you, then you sit down, do a forward roll, and a great dive begins. Easiest entry ever into the water. You will appreciate this entry if you’re young, if you are older, or if you are in between! And by sitting and not standing up, especially if the sea is a little rough, even makes for an additional level of safety. After the dive Chris changes the tanks and you get to relax.

5. For me, safety is by far the most important element in diving. Kate and Chris keep a careful eye on the divers, making sure the dive is not only fun, but also safe. Their many years of experience makes for a team that is professional and careful.

6. Chris makes brownies and chocolate chip cookies that rival those found in the best bakeries. And it’s a great energy boost between dives (okay, my rationalization for enjoying the pastry). Water, soda, oranges, and fresh towels really rounded out the non-dive interval.

7. In each of the four days that I dove with Indigo, my dive companions were enjoyable to be with. Many had much more experience than me, however, I felt welcome. Of course, Kate and Chris providing some lighthearted banter afforded even more enjoyment during the interval.

8. The pre-trip paperwork was done efficiently via email. You fill out then necessary forms, and then scan, and email the documents back to Indigo Divers. This of course enhanced the experience by not taking time during the dive trips. However, I’m sure Kate and Chris would make the paper work as painless as possible, with or without technology.

9. Email communication prior, during, and subsequent to my diving were handled by Kate and Chris with promptness. Each of my questions was answered thoroughly. I felt not like a customer but as a friend during these email exchanges as well as during the in person encounters. I’m sure the telephone communication is well done also.

10. Valet pickup – on time—was offered and most appreciated. Kate is well organized and this makes for efficiency to get us on board and diving. During the trips it’s amazing how well Chris and Kate work together. Working like a fine tuned watch, this results in an efficient operation with no hassles making for a most enjoyable dive experience. Being back at the hotel or condo between 11:30 and noon also was greatly appreciated.

11. As noted in other trip reports, Kate really knows her critters. She not only finds them and points them out but also provides information on those puzzles that crop up in a dive. For example, she explained to me that the parrotfish I took a picture of didn’t really have its tail in the sand – you just can’t see the tail in the picture I took because the fish is turned, hiding the tail.

12. Experienced divers will enjoy the maximum bottom time while those less experienced, or not great on air, will be directed to the mooring line (while being watched by Kate or Chris), and will surface and will find Chris ready to help you with the best exit out of the water possible.

13. One of those sometimes not thought of activities that occur that will hopefully help ensure plentiful fish in the future in Grand Cayman is Chris’ (as well as other dive masters) lookout and elimination of lionfish (an invasive fish). On one of the dives, Chris eliminated at least six lionfish. By reducing the number of this invasive specie our prospects for diving and seeing plentiful fish in the future will be maintained. Hats off to Chris.

I highly recommend Indigo Divers (Kate and Chris) for your diving in Cayman. Both are wonderful people and everything is done right. First class all the way! I hope you found this trip report helpful in choosing a dive company in Grand Cayman! Happy and Safe Diving.






Websites Indigo Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Maui, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great.
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