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

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Terry J Stigall, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6086
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Fiji, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Philippines, Channel Islands,
Monterey, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Limited dives to 50 minutes.  Had to stay with the group, but this was
relaxed some as the week progressed and the Divemasters became familiar
with us.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
The reefs are beautiful.  Both macro and wide angle subjects are plentiful
and amazing.  The boat has a rinse tank for your camera that will hold one
large rig and then a few smaller cameras.  There is absolutely nothing on
shore for the photographer.  This is very unfortunate since Curacao is such
a great place to take pictures.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I am very disappointed in the management of Ocean Encounters.  They have a
near monopoly on diving in Curacao and they act like it.  On the first day,
second dive, my wife was injured when she fell on the boat in full gear. 
The boat was rocking in very choppy water.  The boat captain assisted her
at the ladder then let go of her before she reached another handhold.  The
boat rocked and she went down.  Because of the conditions, the captain
should have made sure she was secure before letting her go.  The owners of
Ocean Encounters did arrange for a doctor to examine her (we paid) and then
arranged for one of their employees to take her to the hospital to be
examined the next day (we paid).  They refused to reduce the charge for a
week of diving for her even though she was unable to dive the remainder of
the week.  Their response when asked "we took her to the
hospital".  Ocean Encounters, as I said, has a near monopoly on
Curacao diving.  We will have to decide what we will do if we ever want to
go to Curacao again.
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