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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/All West Apartments in

January, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Abraham, MA, USA
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Report Number 5340
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Virgin Islands, Canada, NE, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos,
Bahamas, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes  
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
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
separate buckets on the boat and on shore
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Our fifth trip to Curacao. Dive sites at the western end of the island are
all very nice. Coral and sponges appear to be in good shape and holding
their own compared to past visits. Lots of small tropicals, critters,
morays and the usual array of parrotfish and grunts. Unfortunately a few
small lionfish. Watamula is great but there are others close by that are
just as good. Ocean Encounters West is a terrific organization, nice
people, nice facility. Sites were visited according to a weekly schedule so
you can plan your days to go to specific sites. We booked a pack of boat
dives and then did some shore diving. Playa Kalki, the house reef, is
beautiful and right at the end of the pier, great for a third dive. This is
european style diving expect to load and care for your gear and change your
We stayed at All West(2 minutes from OEW)in a full apartment which was
quiet, spacious and well equipped. Beautiful ocean views. The whole
property looks well cared for. Shut the windows at night and you won't hear
the dogs when they bark. We weren't bothered at all.  There is a nice
on-site dive locker with air and nitrox for shore diving. The house reef is
home to the fishing fleet so there is a lot of damage from anchors and the
like in the shallows. But that does not seem to discourage the critters.
The All West facility is brilliantly lit on the shore side so its perfect
for a night dives. Being met at the airport with the car rental was quick
and easy.
Westpunt is a small town with limited amenities. Plan and time your meals
out and trips to the grocery store carefully. Pay attention to the advice
about locking things up and not leaving articles in the car and you will
probably be okay. We'll be back!
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