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Dive Review of Caribbean Sea Sports/Mariott in

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by James Cooper, RI, USA
Report Number 2377
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, Little
Cayman, Roatan, and Turks & Caicos.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
DM led group dives only, Maximum depth & time dictated by first person
to get low on air.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large tubs w/ fresh water onboard for cameras. Crew helpful & careful
with handing cameras into and out of water. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
2 stars    
I went to Curacao for the purpose of getting some additonal pictures of
frogfish and seahorses and left after a week with much more than good
pictures.  I chose the Mariott for my wife, and Caribbean Sea Sports
because they are the onsite dive operation for the Mariott.  
I found the Mariott to be an excellent resort.  They have first class
restaurants, pool & landscape areas, fitness facilities, a great
beach... and friendly, service conscious staff.   
The dive operation is very safety conscious and more geared to divers who
don't mind diving within a DM led group. As a single diver, I took
advantage of their private DM service for $20 more, to do my own thing and
have someone point out the hidden macro opportunities at the dive sites.
This is a great destination for macro photography.  I brought along my 60mm
macro, 100mm macro, & 10-22mm lens and rarely had an opportunity worthy
of a wide angle lens.  There is a noticeable lack of large marine life. 
Anything above a certain size seems to have been fished out.  However,
juveniles and small critters were in aboundace. Every dive destination
seems to have one thing more prevalant than anything else, and in Curacao
it was Christmas tree worms. There were thousands of them on practically
every dive site. 
Tom has assembled a great group of DM's, Instructors, & staff to make
the diving experience very enjoyable. They all share his enthusiam for the
sport of scuba diving and go out of their way to meet all of your needs. 
The shore facilities are excellent, and the primary dive boat has twin
jets(no props),that made for easy and safe entries and exits on the few
drift dives we did.  Be advised that there is no marine head
plan accordingly.
If you are looking for a resort your non-diving spouse will be happy at and
a thoroughly professional dive operation, I would highly recommend the
Mariott Curacao Beach Resort and Caribbean Sea Sports dive operation.
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