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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/All West Apts. in
Curaçao/Westpunt

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Kristin W Weck Farrag, IL, US
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Report Number 5960
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, S.E. Sulawesi, Palau, Fiji, Philippines, Cabo, Cozumel, Turks
& Caicos, Caymans, Honduras, Belize, Saba, Dominica, Bequia, Union
Island, St. Vincent 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
  to 79    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes max, all divers descend and ascend together with the divemaster.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
One small rinse bucket on boat for cameras, but one large camera rig took
up the whole thing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Very well run operations.  At the airport we found Lewis from All West
Apts., who got us all to our rental cars (incl. w/our apt. price).  We all
followed Lewis to the grocery store to stock up for the week, and then
headed up to the village of Westpunt (about a 40 minute drive).  Our apt.
was on the 1st floor and had a wonderful balcony overlooking the shore. 
Beautiful sunset watching here!  Ocean Encounters West is only a 5-6 minute
drive from All West Apts.  We were very glad we had the car.  Despite what
we had read before we went, we do not feel this is walkable, unless you
have about 20 minutes and lots of energy.  The folks at Ocean Encounters
West were really excellent to dive with.  I had equipment problems, but
Brian made sure I did not miss a dive!
The service is really outstanding and these folks really enjoy what they
do.  All divemasters were able to point out interesting things while
diving, and the pace is good for photographers.

We would easily return to both All West Apts. & Ocean Encounters West
Dive.
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