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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Breezes in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Tracy Ruttan, ONT, CANADA
Report Number 1618
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Ontario, Australia (east and west coasts), St.Lucia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
22   to 25    ° Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Suggested staying above 100', 60' on second dive.
If following group, let them know when you're at half tank, so they can
head back towards boat. Most divers lasted the whole dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Camera rinse bucket ended up being used for masks, as there were only 2
people with cameras on boat :(    Rinse hose for shore dives.  Divemaster
would call me over for any interesting fish/critters, other divers were
pretty good at letting me in.
Oc.Enc. have photographer on staff who will take pics for you/of you. So
many fish and corals it's easy to snap off a roll of 36 without realizing!!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Ocean Encounters staff are amazing. Family run, super friendly. They
remember your name after your first dive.  Breezes includes one daily
outfitted shore dive, can go with a buddy, or at 2:30pm with the group.
They are the 'cadillac' of dive shops on the island, a National Geographic
recognized outfit, and the most expensive, but worth it, I reckon. After a
week of diving with them, I was invited to a BBQ at their main shop at
Lions Dive, down the beach.  They even picked a bunch of us up in their
The boat dives were great, though when I booked the Klein Curacao trip (2
hour ride to an uninhabited island), I didn't know we went on the tourist
boat 'The Mermaid'. Big old boat, people hurling over the side the whole
way:)  Diving was done out of a Zodiac, roll out, pulled back in.  Turtles
'guaranteed' here. HUGE green moray followed the group - was as long or
longer than any diver!
 The Mushroom Forest/Watamula (awesome corals!!!!) dive was done on another
companies dive boat(All West). Great boat, informative captain. Saw
lobster, baracuda and something I think is called a lizardfish. 
  Didn't do a night dive - was a little pricy without my own gear. ($35
from shore, $47 from boat if the group was more than 5 +$25 for gear), but
the Car Pile (100's of old cars, a crane at 100', etc) would be cool at
night.  Couldn't do Superior Producer, as it is 100' and I had sinus
problems, but it's supposed to be one of the best in the Caribbean, as long
as the current co-operates, and a cruise ship isn't parked above it.  
I researched a lot before going, knew to request Flamingo or Pelican wing
of resort. WAY quieter than the Tower, and all rooms are oceanview. They
are working on upgrades (Superclubs took it over 3 years ago), some rooms
run down.  Definitley look for Norma at the bar.
  Heavy rain for 10 minutes the first day, and a light rain for 10 min. the
day we left.  Tradewinds help against the heat, so nice to be able to wear
shorts at night!  Duty free at the airport not as cheap as I'd hoped. I've
been to Dominican, St.Maarten and St.Lucia, this place is by far the most
upscale - St.Lucia is only better for the rainforest/lushness. 

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