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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Breezes in
Curaçao/East

Ocean Encounters Diving/Breezes, Oct, 2011,

by Richard Rene, MA, US ( 1 report). Report 6279.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Fiji, Hawaii, throughout the Carribbean, North East US
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Adequate depth restrictions enforced per PADI dive regs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Not an underwater photographer...the dive operation had a separate bucket from them and seemed to handle the equiptment carefully. Others who were photographers didn't have any complaints.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Breezes is not worth staying at..spend a little more a little more and choose a different hotel...its service is extremely poor, rooms very outdated, the noise is awful..everynight they have an "entertainment" thing...Music would be OK..but its some loud mouthed wannabee who goes on for hours without ever really entertaining anyone. OMG..I can't believe they keep this going..did I say its loud? With the TV in our room turned up all the way we could still her shreiking voice in both English and Papiemento..that was fun to learn..so I guess there is something good about it. Anyways...Skip breezes, the food was bad too and they give you a hard time about wearing shorts in the restaurants. The place is as far away from upscale as you can get, but they will attempt to bully you into wearing long pants and shoes to dinner.

Ocean Encounters, the dive operation, was much better. They were very professional and courteous and most of all fun. We encountered a huge school of dolphins one day and the Captain strategically placed us in an area and allowed us to snorkel with them... was a real treat. And they did this while trying to keep to thier afternoon schedule. I'd recommend Ocean Encounters and would beg you not to give your money to Breezes. I chose 3 in value for the money because what we got from the Dive Operation was eroded by the hotel once they dropped us off after each dive.
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