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Dive Review of Dive Charter Curacao/Marazul Dive Resort in

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Brigitte Lacouture, AK, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6470
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Saba, Cayman, St. Vincent, Cozumel, Tahiti, Fiji, Borneo, Hawaii, GBR
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
26   to 26    ° Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limit of 60 minutes for consideration of other divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We did two days of boat dives with Dive Charter Curacao,  owned by Niels
Jorissen.  He dives west,  east,  Klein Curacao,  and other spots, going
for more remote locations as well  as popular sites.  He uses a RIB, which
can move fast, but is uncovered from the sun so bring sunscreen or some
cover,  especially when diving east side as he can not beach the boat as it
is private property.  His operation is low key,  he meets you at the launch
where he puts his boat into the water.  The small group sizes, we had 6
divers each day plus dive master Ron, made it easy to interact with the
other divers and made the diving pleasant.  Although this setup would seem
more appropriate for more advanced divers, we had some less experienced
divers on board.  Ron was accommodating in that he let my wife and I
continue our dives to 60 minutes on our own with his float when he had to
take the other divers up earlier; he just asked us to not go longer than 60
minutes, which was fair to us and those on the boat.  Lunch was meat,
cheese, and fresh buns with soda and water to drink, plenty of food for
seconds.  We had originally booked charters with Niels for 3 days, but he
did not have enough people for the trip to Klein Curacao and we did not
want 2 hr boat ride on big boat with snorkelers and beachgoers, so we ended
up just going east and west with DCC.  The two east dives were on walls and
were completely blanketed with soft corals, quite extraordinary, and the
two west dives, Watamula and Mushroom Forest, were fine, but would have
benefited from more sun penetrating the water as the day was partly cloudy.
 All dives were drift in mild current.

For our shore dives we got tanks from Ocean Encounters West (Westpunt) and
from Discovery Diving (Lagun).  The former are much larger, but also more
expensive; the latter are definitely more low key, but also less expensive,
a couple dollars less for both tanks and weights.  Playa Lagun had 6
scorpionfish (along the cliff not on the reef), Alice in Wonderland had
excellent coral and fish population as did the  Marazul Resort house reef. 
Apart from the variety of Caribbean fish, we saw several Lionfish on each
dive.  Marazul Resort is relaxing, no crowds or hustle and bustle, and has
very clean, planted grounds.  The unit was well equipped and caught the
steady breezes on the island so we did not even need to run the air
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