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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Lodge Kurá Hulanda and Beach Club in
Curaçao/West End

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Rigg, ID, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5800
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel,Belize,Caymans,Aruba,Roatan,Bahamas,Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They let you dive your computer both depth and time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
They provided a fresh water tub and dry boxes for your gear, just let them
know what you need.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
The hotel and dive shop make the west end a perfect location.  Westpunt is
45 minutes from the airport and the capital (shopping).  It is very quiet
and relaxing which is what my wife (non diver) and I like.  We stayed in a
2nd story ocean front unit (one bedroom) very comfortable for the two of
us, has a small kitchen perfect for breakfast and lunch.  Get your
groceries before you arrive.  There is a large supermarket outside the
airport.  A car is a must.  Meals at the hotel are pricey but very good. 
There are some great restaurants within walking distance/short drive from
the hotel (ask the hotel or the dive shop). Sunshines and Mieje Landhaus
come to mind.  We have stayed there twice and both times the resort has not
been crowded and the service has been great.
Ocean Encounters is a great group of people.  This last trip we got to know
them better.  They became dive buddies not dive operators.  They know the
area and move to sites as the weather and divers request.
There are lot's of great snorkeling places that are short drives from the
hotel, again a car is great.
Curacao is tied for second as my best dive spot with Roatan, number one
being Grand Turk. 
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