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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive Resort in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Claire Kennedy, OK, USA
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Report Number 4110
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Nassau (Bahamas), Abacos (Guana Cay, Bahamas), Cozumel, Roatán, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
After they discovered we were expert divers, they let us do our own thing. 
Had check out dive to begin.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Had to request separate tub on boat for cameras and no rinse tub on shore -
group hose to wash cameras with on shore. But were accommodating when
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
The operation (Ocean Encounters) was fabulous.  They did not change your
gear between dives (said it was up to divers' personal preference and
didn't want to mind read!?!)  But that is the only complaint.  Even though
no tub for cameras on board, they quickly got one and kept it separate from
mask rinsing.  Clear, concise on dive briefings, could request
"critter or fish" on dives and would do their utmost to find
divers' requests.  We stayed next to the diove operation and kept our gear
in their lockers overnight, which made it easy for our gear upkeep.  Nolo
& Monica were outstanding.  Two dives in morning and one in evening,
and if you wanted to do shore dive, would set you up with tank.  For the
week, price included one night dive - which was OK.  There wasn't an
anemone that didn't have a shrimp in it - very healthy and abundant reef. 
Mushroom forest OK, but worth the trip; if you haven't done dolphin dive,
it's fun - but nothing spectacular.  When we were there in February, 2008,
surge, currents were calm, easy to get back on boat and will visit Nolo
& Monica again.

Lion's Dive is a clean, well-kept operation, but lousy service.  The
restaurant(s) were slow, inefficient and often rude.  So we ate across the
canal (south at Alfredo's) every breakfast and lunch, and traveled up the
beach (northwest) for dinner spots, but don't expect fast service - it's
just not done in Curaçao.  Best advice:  request rooms  EAST OF OE,
this way you are close to the diving, and it's easy to go back and forth -
also only two levels.  Electrical is European, request adapters, which they
have for battery recharging.  They charge per dieum (rip-off) for wi-fi,
but if you eat at Alfredo's you can get it for free there.
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