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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive & Beach Resort in

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Colin Zylka, WI, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5384
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Wakatobi, Bonaire, Curacao, Lembeh Straits, Fiji, Truk, Palau, Philippines,
Florida, Caymans, Bahamas, Cozumel, Tobago, Saba, St. Kitts, Statia,
Hawaii, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were generally limited to 50 minutes, but some went a bit longer.
Dive your own profile.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Rinse bucket on boat, but not big enough. When two pro-level SLR
housing/strobe combos were in the bucket, there was hardly any more room
for other cameras. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
First of all, the dive operator Ocean Encounters really goes out of their
way to make their divers feel welcome. Great service attitude, always
willing to help with guest requests. Our dive crew were very safety
conscious, and spent time pointing out interesting critters on the dives. A
big thanks to Adriaan, Tyce, Weitzke, and Karen-Mieke for making our dives
memorable. Note: the special trips to both Mushroom Forest and East
Point/Klein Curacao are well worth the extra charge, but be prepared for
some lumpy boat rides, especially to East Point. Lockers with keys are
provided to store dive gear between dive days. Large rinse tanks are
available on the dock. Dive shop very close to dock for grabbing a quick
snack after diving.

Lions Dive Resort, however is another story. From the moment we arrived, it
was obvious that if you didn't speak Dutch, you were a second-class
citizen. Other English speakers at the resort at the same time as us
commented on the same thing. We had problems with our meal plan, which was
to have been half-board, with prior arrangements to include breakfast and
either lunch or dinner daily. This really sent some of the restaurant staff
into a fit. The food is actually fine, especially at Restaurant Nemo, but
plan on at least two hours for EVERY lunch and dinner at the resort due to
the slow service. At both Piazza, the poolside restaurant and Hemingway,
the beach bar/restaurant, all wait staff displayed a completely uncaring
attitude. It seemed as though we were imposing on them to actually eat at
any of the restaurants. Breakfast is served buffet style, so time or
service was not an issue. Reservations are required for lunch and dinner at
all restaurants. The bartenders at Hemingway, the beach bar, could care
less about selling drinks, as they spend more time ogling the bikini clad
girls on the beach. 

If you can tolerate the lousy service and attitude at the restaurants and
bar and the rather unhelpful front desk staff, Lions Dive could be a
recommended destination. 

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