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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive in

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US
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Report Number 6375
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Caribbean, North Carolina, Hawaii, Florida, Iowa, Illinois
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
83   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive time was limited to around 50 minutes on most dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
My UW DSLR and housing bumped around with smaller point and shoots in their
own bucket of water.  It was ok but a camera table would have been nice but
it was used for plastic cups for drinking water.  The DMs didn't always
know how to hand off the camera trying to grab the strobe arms rather than
the housings handles.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Shore diving was very nice at the resort.  My wife spotted a large Octopus
on the first dive, during the day. A lot of Lion fish on all the dive
sites. Typical reef fish but plenty of health coral. We did not have a
chance to dive any wreaks as we wanted time to do some shore diving.  The
shore diving was good with most of the surface swims a bit longer than at
Bonaire. The resort was well maintained. On check in our room was suppose
to be an Ocean View but wasn't and it wasn't cleaned. The front desk moved
us immediately to the right room and we didn't have any other issues. The
resort is mostly visited by Dutch with only a few of us Americans visiting
while we were there. We did not try the onsite finer dining restaurant
because I had been told by someone who had visited a week earlier that the
service was terrible and having stopped by there the first night I could
tell that was the case, the staff didn't care if you were there or not.
Augusto's which is right across from the resort was a great place to eat
with good Italian offerings. There were a couple of places we ate at in
town that were good as well but avoid the mexican restaurant at the cruise
ship terminal, pretty crummy food. In stead go upstairs from there and
enjoy a some great ribs and a view of the ocean.  All in all Curacao is a
great island, bigger than most with very good diving.
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