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Dive Review of Dive Charter Curacao/Judibana Apts in

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mark A. Magers, CA, US
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Report Number 5706
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, GBR, WA, RI, CA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow your computer, more or less follow DM  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Accom: Judibana Apt was nice, comfy, decent location, decent value. Near
Marriott, with access to Marriott beach, pool, and beach bars (and yes,
they have Havana Club)

Driving: easy, lots of roundabouts, signage is spotty, nav by feel, it's an

Diving: DCC had Zodiac style boat, came to each launch point by trailer in
the morning, we were never sure we were in right spot until trailer
arrived. Very cozy with 8 divers + captain & DM. Entry easy, back roll,
back on boat a challenge, got hang of it Day 3, wait for swells and rolls
and fin up. Neils and Kevin very good, attentive,knowledgeable. Most dives
require advanced cert. Dives all over 1 hour. Best part is avoiding sites
where the big boats are, and going to locations most boats do not,
including north coast (Playa Kanoa), and back side of Klein Curacao. KC
dives were lucky for us as ocean was calm enough (still rattled teeth on
trip out) to take Zodiac. Pristine, very much a place where few dive.
Otherwise KC is 2 hr boat ride on big boat with snorkelers and beachgoers.
Did not see dive sites on leeward side, so can't vouch for quality of that,
but think shore dives from Dive Bus (see below) would be better than KC in
that circumstance. 

Westpunt highlights, Watamula nice coral, Mushroom OK, Blue Room at end of
dive was lovely. Eat at Jaanchies, it is awesome. All dives were drift, by
the way, which is always nice. North Coast saw a school of wahoo.

Net is extra work to get to sites, on boat, etc. but the work pays off.
Neils and Kevin were calm, professional, one of us needed O2 after one dive
(computers and safe profiles notwithstanding), O2 equipment looked
challenged but it worked and they made everything great, and they called
that evening to check up. They treat you with respect, expect you to be
responsible, and are very professional.

We also did some great shore diving with Dive Bus, great shop, very
knowledgeable staff, told us where we might find a frogfish and indeed we
did. Pierbaai is very nice, multiple dive profiles right off the beach, and
cold beer when you are done. If we had more time we would have spent more
time doing these shore dives.

Other: Take TP in ziploc, all facilities at dive launch points are spartan,
sometime just bushes. Lunch was meat cheese bread soda water, bring cookies
& fruit if you need it. Willemsted is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, go
to Kura Hulanda Museum, and the Maritime Museum, and the Curacao Museum.
Drive out to Nena Sanchez Gallery at Daniel Landhuis, see a landhuis,
flamingos, and local paintings created by Miss Curacao 196X. And be sure to
have an Amstel and watch the Queen Emma (Pontoon) Bridge open in
Willemsted. Even makes cruise ships seem OK. Aloe Vera farm is cool, too.
Avoid the Sea Aquarium, captive fish and animals for cruise shippers.

Curacao is delightful. Ignore the refinery and enjoy the island. And while
there, try to imagine what it was like to come to the island 500 years ago
in a wool military uniform...and no ice for the beer.
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