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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Breezes in

February, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Richard, MI, USA
Report Number 1558
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caymans (all3), San Sal, Belize, Guanaja, Bonaire, Fiji, Palau, Provo, St
Kitts, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
none were strictly enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We really enjoyed our week at Breezes. The resort is all inclusive, and I
really enjoyed the buffet three times per day. Custom made omelets for
breakfast every day. Lots of variety for all meals, and the food was good.
Many activities besides diving to choose from if you wish. Or you can just
lounge on the beach with your free pina coladas after finishing your last
dive. (alcohol is included too). Free shuttles into town. The resort
package included one free shore dive per day, including all equipment.
Ocean Encounters is the dive shop that has an onsite satellite shop at
Breezes. They also service other east end resorts like the Seaquarium where
their main shop is located. They provide cattle boat diving at it's finest.
Their boats take up to 20 divers, and two of our mornings had at least that
many divers on board. They had a group of about 40 divers from Rhode Island
at Breezes while we were there. Ocean Encounters split them into 2 groups
on 2 boats. They were great people and made us Michiganders feel welcome
with their group, but let's face it. ...20 divers on one boat is a lot.
When the divemaster would spot something wonderful like a seahorse, there
was a lot of kicking and scrambling going on to see. My wife and I are not
used to diving with a crowd that big. They leave the dock at Breezes at
8:30 AM and usually don't return until noon or 1:00PM. No heads on the
boats, so either relieve yourself through your diveskin or try to hold it
for 4-5 hrs. Minimize the morning coffee. They are safety conscious. First
aid kit on board. They took a census before and after the dives. First
dives usually lasted about an hour, but there was no strict enforcement. We
were free to wander from the group following the divemaster if we wished.
Divemasters were good at spotting cool stuff. They promised us and
delivered seahorses on 2 different dives. Curacao diving was surprisingly
good, including in front of the resort where we saw 3 different kinds of
filefish (white spotted, orange spotted, and scrawled) on the same dive.
Saw a pair of squid right in front of the dive shop at the resort. Curacao
is loaded with many many fish and healthy corals. Huge fan corals, brain
corals, and purple tube sponges. I haven't seen such impressive stuff since
Palau, Micronesia. There aren't many large fish. We saw one turtle, a few
barracuda, and some supermale Stoplight Parrotfish. Other than that, lots
and lots of smaller stuff. Balloonfish, scrawled cowfish, many trumpetfish,
lots of spotted Drums, large schools of blue chromis flowing like a river
down the face of the wall. Fish everywhere. We enjoyed the week.
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