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Dive Review of Bas Harts Diving/Cas Blanku (rental house) in

December, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by David Vickery, NJ, US (2 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Curacao Dive Safari"
Report Number 8826
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean hot spots, Caribbean Hide-aways, Central America, Mexico, Fiji,
Hawaii, Palau, Australia, PNG, Bikini Atoll, Maldives, Indonesia.
Closest Airport
Hato International
Getting There
Jet Blue direct from JFK,
other major airlines with a
stop in Miami or Texas.

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Since it was just us and the guide, we dove until our air was half gone
turned around, did a safety stop at 500 psi/15 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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If you bring a camera, ask for a rinse tank in the pickup truck. Tourist
beaches have dive shops where you can use the rinse tank.
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“Let’s go kill some lionfish,” my partner said as we geared up at Playa
Porto Mari on the west coast of Curacao. Over the past several days we had
been shore diving with Bas Harts Diving, a “customized” diving service.
Bas’s guide Nick de Kleine would pick us up at our rented house at 9:30
with our washed gear stowed in the back of his pickup and ferry us to the
best dive sites in the northwest corner of the island. If we wanted to
sleep in pick up would be at 11:00 or noon. If we wanted the afternoon off
to sit at a local pub in Willemstad and watch the cruise ship crowd careen
about the same designer shops they’d seen in Aruba for yet another T-shirt,
Nick would arrive promptly at 7 or 8 o’clock and have us back just after

At Porto Mari we set up our aluminum 80’s filled to 2800 psi on the shaded
bench conveniently located between the dive shop and the showers. Nick was
a well-liked former employee of the on-site dive shop and his guests were
allowed to use the facilities without cost.

Swimming three abreast along the double reef system my buddy and I searched
for specimens of Pterois volitans hiding under the coral heads. Nick
carried a 3 ½ foot fiberglass spe ...
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By lyndad2 at Feb 08, 2016 13:45 EST  
Glad to read that Curacao divers are trying to eradicate lionfish.  When I
was there in Oct 2011, lionfish were plentiful, and I didn't see anyone
hunting them.
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