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Dive Review of Dive Charter Curacao/Hilton in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Moores, KY, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4764
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, Grand Bahama, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Florida Keys, Jamaica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We found Dive Charter Curacao ( while looking
for operators who cater to smaller groups.  We interacted via email with
Niels Jorissen, owner of DCC and he was very accomodating.  He thoroughly
answered all our questions before we left on the trip. When we arrived, we
felt like we already knew him.   

The operation is professional yet relaxed.  We never felt rushed or
pressured in any way.  We met at different locations each day where the
boat was launched and were able to dive some of the most remote sites that
other operators typically do not dive.  There is a max of 8 divers on the
boat and they provided lunch, beverages and fruit each day.  One day we
were the only 2 divers on the boat.  A divemaster was in the water with us
on each dive but primarily for safety reasons.  We were free to stop and
take pictures and take our time without having to stay right with the
divemaster.  Neils, Kevin and Dennis were great fun.  They helped us get
our gear on and assisted us getting back on the boat.  

The coral formations were amazing and different from most places we've
been.  On the north side of the island we were drift divins, the next day
we went to Klein.  We also dove East Point which was very beautiful.  Lots
of turtles and green morays at East Point.  West Point was also nice. 
Watamula had beautiful coral formations and of course Mushroom Forest and
the Blue Room at the end of the dive was outstanding.

The first day we arrived, we dove with Ocean Encounters.  There were 20
people on the boat and it was very crowded.  They did at least break into 2
groups.  When getting back on the boat, OE did not take off your tank and
you had to walk to an empty spot on the boat in full gear.  The seas were
not exactly calm which made it even more challenging.  The dive staff at OE
at the Hilton were very friendly and helpful but we did not have the same
experience on the boat.  Our experience with Dive Charter Curacao could not
have been any better.  We highly recommend Dive Charter Curacao and hope to
bring a group to rent out the entire boat next time.  
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