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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Breezes in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters/Breezes, Feb, 2005,

by Richard, MI, USA . Report 1558.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none were strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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