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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Hyatt Regency in
Curaçao/N/A

Ocean Encounters Diving/Hyatt Regency, Aug, 2012,

by Michael Traylor, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 6653.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Maldives, Fiji, Bahamas, St. Croix, Cozumel, Roatan, Bonaire.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 ft. max. depth & 50 minutes bottom time; those w/ computers could go deeper as needed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A dedicated rinse bucket was on the boat.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Hyatt Regency is expensive but w/ commensurate amenities and a couple of excellent restaurants. Service was good except no-one showed up to carry our luggage down at departure. A Garmin to guide your rental car is a must!
Ocean Encounters has a shop and dock for pick-up at the Hyatt and you store your gear there. It was annoying that they wanted divers to carry their gear on and off the boat and rinse it themselves but they readily helped my wife w/ hers when asked. Beat of all, they refunded the price of a diving day my wife skipped w/o our even asking! The boat crew and dive masters were professional and helpful. Free tanks for shore diving were provided.
The highlight of Curacao diving is the coral, even some staghorn and elkhorn coral; little bleaching where we went, but all the sites were on the SW coast and once on Klein Curacao. Of course, if one is looking at coral, other things, like fish, are not there to view. Many lionfish on all dives, but no snappers, jacks, trigger-fish, rays or turtles. Only on the Klein Curacao trip did one see more fish variety. Currents were really not significant and the visibility was generally adequate, if not crystalline. Frequently seen were various ages of spotted drums and moray eels. There was also a fair number of critters in nooks and crannies. Alas, no sea horses seen by my group.

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By Robert S Kuhn in IL, US at Dec 23, 2012 21:44 EST  
Are you sure the Hyatt has shore diving? We were there Dec. 2011 and they stopped offering it due to boat traffic.
By Michael Traylor in TX, US at Dec 26, 2012 14:40 EST  
The shore diving is not at the Hyatt. You must drive or somehow get to the sites. For instance, it's an easy shore entrance to dive the tug a bit north of the Hyatt.
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