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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/All West Apartments in
Curaçao/West Punt

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Fran Leach, CT, US
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Report Number 5482
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Red Sea, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back with at least 500 psi, be back on the boat after 60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
DID not have a camera but the boat was well set up for photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Accommodations were fairly basic but for those on a budget like us,
perfectly comfortable.  We had a studio with small kitchen. There were
communal barbecues to use, dive tanks and lockable room on site.  If you
stay here you need to rent a car and buy groceries & bug killer and
repellent on your way from the airport.  We did 3 shore dives and 10 boat
dives, the latter from the nearby OEW dive shop on Playa Kalki, next door
to the Kura Hulanda Lodge/resort.  The dive shop and crew were excellent
(Bryan, Steven and David) - some of the best serivce we have had in the
last 10 years.  Up to you to set up your own gear but I prefer this. They
have a dive locker but it gets locked up at ~ 5PM daily so if you want to
dive after PM from there make sure to get your dive gear out and tanks.
Dive sites were all within 30 minutes of the dock. The boat was comfortable
but you will get wet on the way out, they are getting a new boat with more
shelter/cover. The coral is some of the healthiest we have seen recently,
exceptionally at Watamulu. We saw seahorses and lots of small critters. 
The largest fish we saw was an eagle ray while diving Rediho we also saw 2
late at night feeding just below our balcony at All West.  There were lots
of reef fish. We saw 2 turtles.  We also saw a lionfish at the All West
reef. Reportedly on one of the afternoon Watamulu dives a hammerhead was
seen.  There was only one dive with significant current- Alvins Plane wreck
which was another good coral dive the next day we did it again and there
was hardly any current. There are 5 places you can eat in Westpunt but not
all are open every day of the week. Sol Food (pizza and grilled fish, meat)
and Landuis Misje (Creole) were good & reasonable, Jaanchies is a local
experience and we enjoyed it although the food was average.  We did not try
the Chinese restaurant; we had dinner after a night dive at the Kura
Hulanda, the food was good but pricey for what it was.  Between dives we
hung out on Playa Kalki although it was hard sometimes to find shade. Skip
Grand Knip beach, it looked beautiful from a distance but was like a
rubbish dump. Porto Mari was nice, had a dive shop, restaurant etc. You pay
a small fee to get in but they keep it clean.  Overall we had a great time
and probably prefer Curacao diving to Bonaire and are seriously considering
returning for next year
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