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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters West/Kura Hulanda in

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by MICHAEL GITTERMAN, ON, CA
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5435
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Guanaja, St. Lucia, Palau, Komodo, Wakatobi
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Few restrictions but to stay with the group and do a 1 hour dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Ocean Encounters West were terrific. On site at Kura Hulanda but managed by
Brian who was great. Management does a great job and the dive masters are
helpful and responsive. Dives are all about 60 minutes and the hard coral
is very nice. It was choppy and cool during our stay. Dives leave on time,
masters provide assistance as needed and we saw something on each dive.
Mushroom forest is really neat. This was an easy dive trip with few

Kura Hulanda is pretty. We had an oceanfront room which was very spacious.
However, service was atrocious until we complained three times about our
room not being cleaned until 4:30 in the afternoon and we complained about
waiting well over an hour for dinner one night and at one point, 45 minutes
before we even saw a drink. The problem is - you are pretty much
"hostage" there unless you have a car or walk into town but the
only restaurant in town closes at 7! Another is open on weekends only. That
being said, once we complained (twice), service completely turned around.
They can do it - they just don't unless they have to. There is also a very
strong smell of septic tank at the end of the resort - not good at all. The
menu is nice but limited and if you are going for a week it could be a bit
tired. We will go again, but next time we will rent a car and sometimes
drive into town for dinner or lunch. 
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