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Diving Reviews of Ocean Encounters Diving in Curaçao

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(55 Reports)
For Experienced Divers:  4 stars For Inexperienced Divers:  4 stars
Underwater Photography:  4 stars Accommodations:  4 stars
 
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Ocean Encounters Diving/ Lions Dive Beach Resort N   [N/A]   "Curacao: Lions Dive Beach Resort: Ocean Encounters"
Curacao: Lions Dive Beach Resort: Ocean EncountersThe big draw for a dive trip to Curacao is the excellent condition of the coral and the variety and density of marine life. Taking... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
2/2016   Marty Kalb
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Santa Barbara Resort N   [N/A]   "Beautiful Divin gin Curacao"
Beautiful Divin gin CuracaoOcean Encounters is a very efficient dive operation; I was with a large group at a meeting in Curacao, and the boats were always o... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2015   Jack Aland
<100 Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving N   [N/A]   "Lion's Dive Resort"
Lion's Dive Resort"Are you sure", Ashley pouted, "I'm really good and you will like what you see!" she said. I was tempted, I hadn't done anything... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
10/2015   Jeff Bloomer
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Sunscapes Resort N   n/a   "Great Diveshop, Great Crew"
Great Diveshop, Great CrewI had checked out Ocean Encounters website prior to making final reservations at the resort, and it looked good. I sent an e-mail... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
7/2015   Terri Feinblum
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ sunscape curacao N   [N/A]   "Sunscape Curacao"
Sunscape CuracaoThe facilities are first rate. Food is good. Dive operation is first rate. No complaints.... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2014   Mr. Michael Watts
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Lions Dive & Beach Resort N   [N/A]   Dive operator and dive masters were very friendly and generally accommodating. However, on the whole, with only one exception, the... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
7/2014   Steven Shapse Ph.D
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Sunscape Resort N   Southwest   The resort is STILL under renovation one year later. The requested housing accommodations were not available. Food quality has inc... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2013   Randy Kettering
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Sunscape Resort N   National Underwater Park   The hotel was under renovation and owner transfer but that was known and not really problematic. The resort had numerous free wate... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
10/2012   Randy Kettering
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Sunscape Resort N   National Underwater Park   The hotel was under renovation and owner transfer but that was known and not really problematic. The resort had numerous free wate... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
10/2012   Randy Kettering
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Sunscape Resort N   National Underwater Park   The hotel was under renovation and owner transfer but that was known and not really problematic. The resort had numerous free wate... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
10/2012   Randy Kettering
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Hyatt Regency Full report N   [N/A]   I've been a diver for over 45 years and have worked in the industry as well. We stayed at the Hyatt which was wonderful, but when ... Full report  
1 stars
3 stars  
12/2012   Gary Lindenbaum
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Hyatt Regency Full report N   N/A   The Hyatt Regency is expensive but w/ commensurate amenities and a couple of excellent restaurants. Service was good except no-on... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
8/2012   Michael Traylor
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ All West Apts Full report N   Westpunt, "Wild West End"   Had been to Bonaire on 9 dive trips, to Curacao twice before, wanted easy beautiful relaxed shore diving with my wife for my 61st ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2012   Steve Mimnaugh
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Kura Hulanda Full report N   West End   We stayed at the Kura Hulanda on the west end of Curacao on the recomendation of fellow divers and the online literature. We arran... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
2/2012   Michael Drumstas
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Breezes Full report N   [N/A]   Resort: Adequate, mid-level all inclusive. Not on par with the top resorts like Iberostar or the Atlantis in Nassau, but adequat... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
2/2012   Terence Taylor
<100 Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Hyatt Plantation Resort Full report N   East End - Hyatt   Being a repeat guest to Curacao, we thought we would dive out of the 2 year old luxury Hyatt resort on the east end of the island... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
12/2011   Robert S Kuhn
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Lions Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Shore diving was very nice at the resort. My wife spotted a large Octopus on the first dive, during the day. A lot of Lion fish o... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
12/2011   Jeff Bloomer
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Breezes Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Curacao is a little bit of the Netherlands next to Venezuela which made it more interesting than the usual Caribbean Islands, espe... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
8/2011   Carol Sommers
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Breezes Full report N   East   Breezes is not worth staying at..spend a little more a little more and choose a different hotel...its service is extremely poor, r... Full report  
1 stars
4 stars  
10/2011   Richard Rene
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Lions Dive & Beach Resort Full report N   [N/A]   I am very disappointed in the management of Ocean Encounters. They have a near monopoly on diving in Curacao and they act like it... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
3/2011   Terry J Stigall
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ All West Apts. Full report N   Westpunt   Very well run operations. At the airport we found Lewis from All West Apts., who got us all to our rental cars (incl. w/our apt. ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2011   Kristin W Weck Farrag
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ All West Apartments Full report N   Westpunt   We’d been meaning to go to Curacao, but in no particular hurry. There have been other places we needed to check off our list, fir... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
12/2010   Paul Selden
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Lodge Kurá Hulanda and Beach Club Full report N   West End   The hotel and dive shop make the west end a perfect location. Westpunt is 45 minutes from the airport and the capital (shopping).... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2010   Richard Rigg
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Breezes Full report N   [N/A]   Dear folks, For the record, Breezes hotel could really use a facelift these days. I can say this with confidence based on my o... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2010   James McBride
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ kura hulanda (sp?) Full report N   North end   After nearly 10 trips to Bonaire and Aruba (Aruba is not great for divers), we decided to try Curacao. I did not expect the d... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2010   Mark Reckman
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Hilton Full report N   [N/A]   The reefs were in really good shape. Especially the Hard Corals, Mushroom Forest and Cornelius Bay were extraordinary. The boats w... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
7/2010   Kenneth Katz
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ West Hill bungalows Full report N   Westpunt   We chose Curacao because it met our criteria of white sand beaches, easy access from the US, sunny hot weather, snorkeling, shore ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2010   Ellen Moran
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ All West Apartments Full report N   West Punt   Accommodations were fairly basic but for those on a budget like us, perfectly comfortable. We had a studio with small kitchen. Th... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
5/2010   Fran Leach
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ All West Apartments Full report N   Westpunt   We researched this trip thoroughly, and could not have made a better choice for our first dive trip. Please see the Jan 2010 repor... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2010   Cynthia Franklin
<100 Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Lions Dive & Beach Resort Full report N   [N/A]   First of all, the dive operator Ocean Encounters really goes out of their way to make their divers feel welcome. Great service att... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
2/2010   Colin Zylka
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ All West Apartments Full report N   Westpunt   Our fifth trip to Curacao. Dive sites at the western end of the island are all very nice. Coral and sponges appear to be in good s... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2010   Bob Abraham
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Diving/ Curacao Hilton Full report N   [N/A]   The bad is American Airlines. Suffice it to say that if we could avoid flying with them we would. Thanks to them we lost a day o... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2009   Bud and Mary Ellen
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters West/ Lodge Kura Hulanda Full report N   Westpunt   Lodge Kura Hulanda Very nice enclosed luxury result in Westpunt, with restaurant, pool, poolside bar, and beach. Access to the d... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
7/2009   D. Tan
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters West/ Lodge Kura Hulanda Full report N   [N/A]   This was our 9th trip to Curacao and after staying almost exclusively at the Habit Curacao all previous times and seeing it rapidl... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2009   Irina Zeylikman
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters West/ All West Full report N   [N/A]   If you read Undercurrent report in June 08 issue, there is really very little I can add to it. Basically that is why I subscribe ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
4/2009   Michael
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Sea Aquarium Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The best word I can use to describe my experience with this operation last December is frustration. As an underwater photographer... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
12/2007   Barbara Shively
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Lions Dive Resort Full report N   Curaçao   The operation (Ocean Encounters) was fabulous. They did not change your gear between dives (said it was up to divers' personal pr... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2008   Claire Kennedy
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters West/ Kura Hulanda Lodge Full report N   [N/A]   Lodge Kura Hulanda is located on west end of Curacao (Westpunt). The resort is a five star by Caribbean standards with large room... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2008   Jeremy Ellis
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Full report N   [N/A]   I had scheduled two days of diving with Ocean Encounters. The day before I was to dive with them I had planned to do a shore dive... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
12/2007   Bear Johnston
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Sea Aquarium Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Divemasters were very well trained and safety consious. Dive boat was very comfortable. As "mature" divers my husband and I ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
12/2006   Barbara Shively
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Lions Dive Full report N   [N/A]   First time to Curacao after a dozen trips to Bonaire. Great resort although my bed was hard as a rock. Lions Dive is an older re... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
3/2007   Steve Davidson
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Lions's dive Full report N   [N/A]   CURACAO, October, 2006 We arrived on the island of Curacao at 7:45 PM . After going through customs and getting our luggage we ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2006   Patricia
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Seaquarium Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Went with Kid's Sea Camp. This was a great opportunity to give our 6 year old daughter a chance to experience "diving" in a very ... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
6/2006   Edward and Debra Svitil
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Lions Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Check in was hectic and unorganized. Rooms were not ready due to large biking event and some people not checking out until a day l... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2006   Terry Flynn
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Breezes Full report N   [N/A]   To maximize our 7 day April, 2006 trip to Brezes Curacao, we wanted to do our check out dives bright and early the morning of the ... Full report  
1 stars
4 stars  
4/2006   Isabel DeOliveira
<100 Dives
 
Ocean Encounters West/ Lodge Kura Hulanda Full report N   Westpunt   Lodge Kura Hulanda, located at the less developed west end of Curacao, is a casual sister to the outstanding Kura Hulanda hotel in... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2006   Dave Padowitz
<100 Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Hilton Full report N   [N/A]   Curacao had some of the best resturants and shops of all the islands. We ate at the French Bakery a couple times, their wine list ... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
9/2005   Larry Polster
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Curacao Seaquarium Full report N   [N/A]   We went to Curacao's Seaquarium resort for the Kids' Seacamp. If you ever wanted to take your children on a trip with you and... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2004   Tim & Jill Kolakowski
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Breezes Full report N   [N/A]   Ocean Encounters staff are amazing. Family run, super friendly. They remember your name after your first dive. Breezes includes o... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2005   Tracy Ruttan
<100 Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Breezes Full report N   [N/A]   We really enjoyed our week at Breezes. The resort is all inclusive, and I really enjoyed the buffet three times per day. Custom ma... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
2/2005   Richard
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Breezes Full report N   [N/A]   The shore diving is excellent with a very healthy reef and a wide variety and large number of the usual tropicals. At Breezes, 1... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
12/2004   Kathy Carstens
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters Curacao/ Lions Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Site: I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity and condition of the reef - very good coverage with hard and soft corals, s... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
5/2004   Mark Webber
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Lion's Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Resort was comfortable but several of our group had problems with hot water and a/c. Food was OK but fairly expensive, we often c... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
10/2002   Leo Dioguardi
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Lions Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Low current dives with great viz and prolific corals made for interesting dives. Most dives were about 60 minutes, very relaxing w... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2002   Patricia and Leo Dioguardi
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Encounters/ Lions Dive Hotel Full report N   [N/A]   Lions Dive clean and comfortable, breakfast included short walk to the dive shop.Dive operation is excellent, good breifings short... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
6/2002   Gerry McAtavey
100+ Dives
 
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