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Dive Review of Dive Bus Curacao/MS Zuiderdam in
Curaçao/Willemstad (Pierbaai, Carpile)

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Don Winchester, NC, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5897
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman: St. Thomas; Mooresville, NC; Isla de Utila; Belize; Roatan;
Costa Maya; Crystal River, FL; Blue Grotto, FL; Rainbow River, Fla; Epcot,
FL; St. Maarten; Maui; Kauai; Kona; Boynton Beach, FL; Puerto Ayora,
Galapagos; Curacao; Aruba.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
DMs broke divers into two groups mid-dive based on air consumption to keep
as close to personal profiles as possible.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Camera rinse tank at shop/changing area and spacious, dry picnic tables.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Enjoyed our two-tank dive a great deal. Nothing but good things to say
about the operation. They waited for us to arrive by taxi after our cruise
ship docked late. Everything worked at a leisurely, friendly, attentive
pace. Dive briefings took place at the shop before walking across the
street to the site and then, again, in the shallows before beginning swim
out. Apparently torrential and persistent recent rains caused a bit of a
muddy appearance to some of the reef but sponges, anemones and many
different kinds of coral were visible everywhere. Which unfortunately
included at least one lionfish. But fortunately included a school of eight
tarpon just hanging out, watching the wall to see if anything moved. Also
got a quick look at a spotted eel lurking about. And though we didn't get
to spend much time there, the "Car Pile" was pretty impressive.
Top of the reef on return (no deco stop as ascent was very gradual) was the
highlight (nothing like casually swimming along at 10 to 15 feet as the
sunlight plays across eye-fulls and eye-fulls.) with lots of reef fish to
watch in addition to the colorful, anchored stuff. 
Relaxed 1:24 SI including hike back and forth to the beach, with much talk
about the previous dive and anything that came into anybody's head. 
Look forward to coming back and diving with this bunch again, and more
extensively next time.
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