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

Caribbean Sea Sports/Marriott Curacao Hotel & Casino, Aug, 2007,

by Henry & Carol Ziller, CO, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 3953.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive depth 130 feet, one hour time, 500 psi remaining.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat had a camera workstation, separate rinse bucket, and handed cameras to divers.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 Sports.
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