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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters West/Hilton Curacao in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Gallay, NJ, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6166
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Antigua, Bonaire, Cozumel, Aruba, Isla Mujeres, Nassau, Florida Keys, South
Florida, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Providenciales, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Boat Diving was in groups with divemaster.  Once competence was shown we
were allowed to roam as long as we stayed in sight and were there for a
safety stop after 55 minutes.  Unsupervised beach diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
The dive operation is top notch, with very mature, experienced and
professional dive masters.  Ocean Encounters West is a separate operation
from Ocean Encounters, located at several other sites on the island.  Boat
diving is available and worth it for sites inaccessible or difficult to
access from land, such as Watamula, which is 5 minutes away and a
spectacular dive.  Beach dive from the facility is Alice in Wonderland,
which is great and worth more than one tank.  The boats are well set up and
the captains are very experienced.  Perhaps because of the distance from
town, most of the divers were proficient and things went smoothly even when
the boats were loaded to capacity.  Excellent customer service and the
manager, (Brian) takes a personal interest in his customers and their
experience.  Overall, the diving rivaled our experiences in Bonaire and
Cozumel in the last several years.

Unforunately we stayed at the Hilton, which is a 40 minute drive to OEW and
which is a sub-standard facility for the brand.  Divers would be happier at
Lodge Kura Hulanda, which is adjacent to OEW or All West Apartments, which
is nearby.  
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