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Dive Review of Caribbean Sea Sports/Marriott Curacao Hotel & Casino in
Curaçao/Southeast portion

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Henry & Carol Ziller, CO, USA
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3953
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Caymans, Honduras, Bahamas, Dominica, Tobago, Hawaii,
Pohnpei, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive depth 130 feet, one hour time, 500 psi remaining.  
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
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat had a camera workstation, separate rinse bucket, and handed
cameras to divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Curacao is fairly easy to reach from the USA using Delta with connection in
Atlanta, or American through Miami or San Juan. (Jet from Miami, prop from
San Juan). We chose Miami and traveled the distance in one day. We stayed
at the Marriott using points, but would not stay if paying for the
accommodations as it is expensive. I would probably stay at Habitat Curacao
if I go back. There are a couple other restaurants within walking distance
but they are located at expensive resorts, the Hilton being one. Hooks
Restaurant and Bar is separate, near the Hilton, and is a fun place with
great food and tables right on the sand beach or not, it's up to you. The
Marriott is located a $10.00 US cab ride (One way)from the moveable bridge,
just make sure to tell the cabby you want the west side of the bridge,
other wise it is another 10 spot and about ten more minutes. Rental cars at
the Marriott are $55.00 US per day. You can pick it up at 3 PM one day and
return it by 5 PM the next day. We visited the West End (West Punt)and had
dinner at a great restaurant named Jaanchie's. They have a walking talking
menu (The owner accompanied by his granddaughter). We had iguana stew (Lots
of bone to watch out for), goat, fish and shrimp. You move to rocking
chairs in the patio for dessert and relaxation!  We also visited
Christoffel National Park. The best day to visit the park is Sunday when
they open at 6 AM so it is cooler when hiking in the 90 degree heat. Lots
of lizards and bird in the park. We stopped by the Curacao Liqueur
Distillery and tasted several samples, but the local liquor stores are 
better places to buy.

The Caribbean Sea Sports dive operation was pretty good, dive masters and
captains gave good safety information and the boat a PRO 48 came with all
the necessary safety equipment including first aid, DAN oxygen kit, radio,
GPS, etc. We had several different dive masters as well as different
captains but all were good. The dive sites we visited were - Superior
Producer, Rolling Stone, Bullen Bay, Seldom Reef, Porta Marie, Dingo Bay,
Marriott House Reef for a night dive, Bullen Bay again where I pointed out
a Seahorse to the DM, Point Halfway, Coral Garden, and Rolling Stone again.
We saw lots of  typical reef fish,, squid, some turtles, sea horses, one
octopus, lobsters and crabs. The night dive was not very good since there
were eight newbie’s kicking up a lot of sand and damaging the reef. We saw
nothing on this dive. The rest of the dives were calm with good vis.  We
had good weather most of the trip, although it did rain briefly a couple
days. A hurricane brushed Bonaire and Curacao the day after we left.

We saw in the local paper that Ocean Encounters lost a diver at sea. The
diver was fortunate to be picked up by a fisherman. Ocean Encounters has
five dive operations located in various parts of Curacao, but I do not know
which location was involved. We were happy to be with Caribbean Sea
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