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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/kura hulanda (sp?) in
Curaçao/North end

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Reckman, OH, US
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Report Number 5661
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribean as well as the Great Lakes, Mirconesia and Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No significant retrictions - dive your computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Photo ops are great - but not much in topside photo resources at the west
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
     After nearly 10 trips to Bonaire and Aruba (Aruba is not great for
divers), we decided to try Curacao. I did not expect the diving to be much
different than Bonaire. I was wrong - and what a pleasant surpise. The
diving at the west end of Curcao is much better than Bonaire - healthy,
flourishing and largely unbothered. In fact, the coral and small/medium
sized sea life was as good as Little Cayman and Cozumel. I especailly loved
the coral - but there were also schools of fish on most dives. The
underwater topography is not as interesting as Little Cayamn or Cozumel
(Curacao's reefs slope gradually like Bonaire), but the sealife is as good
as I have seen anywhere in the Caribean. Surprise, surprise.     
     The island is not set up for shore diving as well as Bonaire - that is
certain. But the house reef off of the resort is the best house reef I've
seen - even better than the house reef at Deep Blue in Utila (because the
high fish count is better). And there are not as many dives sites as
Bonaire - just enough for a full week of diving. Also, there are not as
many dive shops (althougth it was a plus to see so few boats on the water -
we saw maybe two other boats working those same west end waters). 
     The island itself is significantly more developed than Bonaire, with
something like 8x the people (I think). The populaton is centered at the
east end of the island, so make you plans accordingly. I liked the peace
and quiet of the west end and there were not many divers. But, if you like
shopping, resturants, resorts, markets and nightlife, the east end is for
     Curacao is much easier to get to than Bonaire, with flights from the
US almost every day. I don't think I will get back to Bonaire anytime soon.
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