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Dive Review of Go West Diving/Kura Hulanda in

November, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by NEAL RAKOV, FL, US (2 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Worst dive ever"
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Atlantic/Caribbean, Pacific, Indian, Med
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
83   to 83    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Please see review below.  Absolutely no dive discretion or freedom  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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  3 stars
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3 stars
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There were many divers, but few photographers and they did have enough
rinse buckets and helped you in and out of the water with your camera.
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My buddy and I decided to do a few dives with Go West Diving in Curacao
after 8 days of diving with Captain Don's in Bonaire (I won't bother to
review Captain Don's as I agree with the many reviews on this site in the
past).  What a mistake!  In terms of freedom of diving, Go West Diving is
the anti ...
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By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Nov 22, 2014 06:30 EST  
Has 4 years made that much difference?

My wife and I spent a week at Lodge Kura Hulanda in 2010 and stayed in a
beautiful ocean front 1 bedroom. We dived with Go West Diving (was then
known as Ocean Encounters West). We were allowed considerably more freedom
and generally stayed very loosely with the group and were back on the boat
at the end of the dive. Our dives averaged 65 minutes and some of them,
like Watamula, are among our favorite Caribbean sites. We really liked the
shore diving at Playa Kalki/Alice in Wonderland. It was as good as many of
the sites off Bonaire, though I would take a dive at the house reef of Sand
Dollar/Den Lamen, Bari Reef, any day.

I was surprised at the very negative review, maybe things have changed, or
maybe this was a personal experience strongly flavored by a single DM. I've
thought I may get back to Curacao someday, I still might.
By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Nov 22, 2014 09:54 EST  
Could 4 years have made such a difference?

My wife and I spent a week at Lodge Kura Hulanda in October 2010. We had a
beautiful ocean front 1 bedroom. We dived with Go West Diving (then known
as Ocean Encounters West). We had considerably more freedom in our diving.
We stayed very loosely with the group and simply boarded the boat at the
conclusion of our dive. Our average dives were 65 minutes. Watamula is one
of our favorite Caribbean dive sites. 

We also enjoyed the house reef, Playa Kalki/Alice in Wonderland. It
compared favorably with many of the dives in Bonaire. We found a couple of
resident Frogfish and a seahorse. It was only a notch below the house reef
of Sand Dollar and Den Lamen in Bonaire, Bari Reef.

I was surprised to read such a negative review. Things may have changed
and/or the reviewers had a bad experience shaped by their DM. I've been
hoping to get back to Curacao someday, I may still.
By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Nov 22, 2014 09:58 EST  
Sorry for the duplicate comment, there was a significant delay before the
1st was posted.

Good diving Craig
By Marshall Boswell in CO, US at Feb 28, 2015 20:17 EST  
My wife and I have been to Curaçao three different times spending
over two weeks each time. We stayed at All west apartments that included a
truck and unlimited tanks right at the apartments. We only dove one time on
the boat and  50 plus dives were are shore dives. Besides having to be
smart about petty theft that happens here and there, it is a great place to
dive and relaxe. I belive that the original poster should maybe try and
dive on his own and not rely on others if he ever goes back.
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