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Dive Review of Caribbean Sea Sports/Mariott in
Curaçao

Caribbean Sea Sports/Mariott, Feb, 2007,

by James Cooper, RI, USA . Report 2377.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions DM led group dives only, Maximum depth & time dictated by first person to get low on air.
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 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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 onboard...so 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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