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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Curacao Hilton in

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bud and Mary Ellen, New York, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5268
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Grenada, Cozumel, Great Barrier Reef, Florida, Bahamas, La Paz
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
82   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limits.  The dive leaders set the elapsed time for being back on the
boat regardless of air consumption.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
The bad is American Airlines.  Suffice it to say that if we could avoid
flying with them we would.  Thanks to them we lost a day of diving and a
day and a half at the hotel.  The good was the dive operator, Ocean
Encounters.  The Hilton was very nice and all the people there were
pleasant and accomodating.  The food was good but we had an all inclusive
plan so were confined to the hotel restaurants.  Service was on the slow
side but the people were very pleasant.  Ocean Encounters is one of the
most accomodating dive operations we have used.  I have physical
limitations and they couldn't have been better at helping and assuring that
I had an enjoyable experience.  They also scheduled extra diving so we
could make up part of what we missed.
The reefs at Curacao are in better shape than Bonaire and we saw a
frogfish, octopus, numerous squid, a slipper lobster, and a sea horse plus
lots and lots of tropical fish. We only saw one turtle the whole week. The
Mushroom Forest was beautiful as far as coral formations but not sea life.
Each day we did two dives in the A.M. and one in the P.M., all nitrox. 
Tanks were consistently filled to 3,000 lbs or better and 32% oxygen.  
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