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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Hyatt Regency in

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Traylor, TX, US
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Report Number 6653
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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

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 ft. max. depth & 50 minutes bottom time; those w/ computers could go
deeper as needed.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
A dedicated rinse bucket was on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
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
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 rskuhn 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 borderhart 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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