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Dive Review of Caribbean Sea Sports/Curacao Marriott Beach Resort in

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin, TN, Knox
Report Number 1064
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos,Bonaire 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1500lbs air or 30 min return to boat. Dive depth to each divers
qualifications & experience. They asked us to keep 1st dive around 80ft
and 2nd dive 60 ft. Most dives were 50-60 min. Dive masters seemed relaxed
with limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Curacao has very good shore diving. Most Dive operations have decent shore
diving plus many more optional shore sites resembling Bonaire. Reefs and a
few wrecks are close to shore. I chose to dive by boat for convenience.
Caribbean Sea Sports(CSS) operates in association with the Marriott and on
Marriott property. CSS very effecient & well managed operation.
Experienced and imformative staff. Everyone friendly. Tip jar in dive shop.
Free lockers and locks for safe overnight storage of gear. 42ft Dive boat
is 1-2 yrs old with diesel engines.Deck is covered.Boat has lots of room. I
dove 7 days 6-10 divers was typical. Rinse tanks on board but sometimes not
filled. Water, fruit and snacks on surface interval. 
  Curacao Marriott typical Marriott resort. Very nice! The pool is big and
clean. Grounds well maintained.I ate all my meals at Marriott. Great place
to stay if wife doesn't dive.  Nice beach for Curacao. OK man made reef for
snorkeling. Noticed mild oder from fuel proccessing plant 3-4 miles away. I
liked short walk from room to dive shop. Marriott has good off season
rates. Need a car, town is 10-20 min. drive. However, hotel makes two free
shuttles to town per day.         I would return to Curacao if deal was
good enough.The diving is very nice with great viz. Healthy reefs with lots
of macro life.Lots of dive sites.  Easier to get to than Bonaire. I
definatly would use Caribbean Sea Sports and Marriott again. They really
made a nice vacation.   
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