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Dive Review of Dive Bus/Iguana Inn in

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ian Kennedy, California, USA
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Report Number 4259
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, St John, Puerto Rico, Maui, Kauai, Fiji, N.Z., Australia,
Thailand, California North and South
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 0    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the DM; 60 minute dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We spent one week on Curacao, staying at the Iguana Inn. I was accompanied
by two non-diving members of the family. Curacao has a landscape that
appears to be quite similar to the desert southwest of the United States.
In general, it is not a particularly attractive Caribbean island; the
vegetation consists primarily of thorny bushes and cactus. The center of
the island is dominated by a large oil refinery, and the superficially
picturesque town of Willemsted probably deserves no more than a few hours
of attention during a visit. I had chosen to stay at the Iguana Inn
apartments rather than at the resorts out towards the West End because I
felt that there would be more to do closer in to town for my non-diving
family members. As it turned out, we were still situated about 20 minutes
drive from Willemsted. And in fact, there was not a great deal to do in the
town itself. Although the town has a façade of pastel-painted
buildings, it is dominated by tourist shops. The beaches at the west end of
the island are lovely with clear turquoise water. Generally they have rocky
entrances that are tough on bare feet. The beaches near town are OK but not
as nice and are more crowded with throngs of Dutch tourists.

I decided to dive with The Dive Bus because my family members could
accompany me to the beach. The bus carries divers to shore dives around the
island, and I had thought that this would relieve me of the cost of renting
a car and stress of driving. As it turned out, we needed a car to get to
just about anything from the Iguana Inn so I ended up renting anyway. The
Iguana Inn was basic, with reasonable cooking facilities (although we had
to borrow a box of matches to light the stove) and had a nice pool and
air-conditioning that can be used at night in the bedrooms. Only a roll of
toilet paper supplied, no soap or extras. You need dish detergent etc.
Unfortunately, our apartment was populated by a large number of mosquitoes
and we were all bitten repeatedly. It is about 2 miles away from the beach
and rather isolated. Hans, the co-inn keeper, picked us up at the airport
and returned us on departure for a small fee. He was helpful and reasonably
friendly - his partner was rather diffident and did not speak to us much at
all. One of the other apartments listed on the The Dive Bus web site,
Parrot Hill, seemed even more remote and less desirable judging by
appearances as we drove by. Several divers on the bus during my visit were
staying at Breezes that is right next door to the Dive Bus hut. They seemed
happy with it.

Mar, Tim and Suzy at The Dive Bus were excellent hosts during my visit.
They are very friendly and helpful. I spent four days of diving with them.
They picked me up at the Iguana Inn each morning. The first day was just
off the beach outside their hut during which we went out to a site called
the Car Pile. As is typical of the sites I saw during my visit, there were
industrial remnants scattered under the water. All the sites had some
evidence of abandoned industrial equipment. Nonetheless, the reefs were
healthy with considerable growth of coral and a lot of resident small reef
fish. Mark was an excellent dive guide and was good at spotting small
creatures. Our second day of diving was at the Tugboat down at Caracas Bay.
The third day of diving was at Police Bay and the fourth day at Directors

Each dive was almost exactly 60 minutes in duration. Looking at the
download from my dive computer, it was remarkable how similar all the dives
were. A very short swim from shore brings you to the point of descent, from
which a drop-off leads down to about 60 feet. The first half of the dive
follows the reef at 60 feet, from where we ascended up to around about 20
feet for the return trip. In the course of the four days, we saw just a few
notable creatures, including one octopus, one frogfish, one sea horse, and
quite a few eels. There were many tube worms. A couple of eagle rays graced
us with their presence on one of our dives. We also saw a few squid. In
general, there was a strong similarity between all the sites that we
visited. Eventually, the diving did seem rather repetitive, and one site
seemed much like another. In all cases, there was little topographical
diversity. Navigation is very simple - put the reef on one shoulder on the
way out, on the other shoulder on the way back. It would be quite easy
diving for unguided buddy pairs. Many of the dives are accessible from
shore so this is a good way to dive here. Although the reefs were healthy
with coral growth, and the diving was very pleasant in warm water and
reasonable visibility, four days was probably enough. It is doubtful
whether it is worth making the long haul from the West Coast of the US to
Curacao just for diving. It would make more sense for divers who live on
the east coast. Cozumel is more interesting, in my opinion, from a diving
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