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Dive Review of Dive Charter Curacao/Hilton in
Curaçao

Dive Charter Curacao/Hilton, Apr, 2009,

by Bruce Moores, KY, USA ( 1 report). Report 4764.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas surge
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We found Dive Charter Curacao (www.divechartercuracao.com) 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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