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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Hyatt Plantation Resort in
Curaçao/East End - Hyatt

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert S Kuhn, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6420
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Curacao 8X, Bonaire 3X, Hawaii, Philippines, Grenada, St. Croix, Belize and
a few more.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 83    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Shore diving allowed at the Hyatt.  Only boat diving with Ocean
Encounters.  Typical profile is 50 mins. with 12+ passengers on the boat  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
Being a repeat guest to Curacao, we thought we would dive out of the 2 year
old  luxury Hyatt resort on the east end of the island and get a flavor of
diving the unexplored, virgin diving the east end of Curacao offers due to
the Hyatts location.  We were soon disappointed.  In 2010 the Hyatt and
Ocean Encounters allowed shore diving from the Hyatt beach but this is no
longer allowed in 2011.  The dive boat leaves from the Ocean Encounters
main facility located at Lions Dive resort then picks up divers at the
Hyatt but you get charged the 10% surcharge for diving at the Hyatt resort.
 The dive sites are the same dive sites Ocean Encounters does from the
Lions dive schedule.  We missed the virgin East end diving Curacao has to
offer and the shore diving we tried in Dec. 2010 with Ocean Encounters at
the Hyatt.

Ocean Encounters runs a fine operation and the staff is great but we were
expecting the dive boat to leave from the Hyatt as they have a dive boat
onsite and dive the east end of Curacao on an uncrowded dive boat.    

The Hyatt Plantation Resort Curacao is a beautiful resort, with low
occupancy, expensive, tennis, golf along with nice pools and a beach on the
Harbor inlet.  If you like or want the Hyatt experience then this place and
its expense is for you.  If you want serious diving on Curacao, this is not
the place to stay or dive.   I will return to the West End of Curacao for
better diving and shore diving like I have enjoyed in Curacao on previous
occasions.  Bye Bye Hyatt and Ocean Encounters at the Hyatt.      
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