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

Caribbean Sea Sports/Curacao Marriott Beach Resort, Oct, 2003,

by Kevin, TN, Knox . Report 1064.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

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