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

Ocean Encounters Diving/Lodge Kurá Hulanda and Beach Club, Jun, 2010,

by Richard Rigg, ID, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5800.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They let you dive your computer both depth and time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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