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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Curacao Seaquarium in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tim & Jill Kolakowski, PA, USA
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Report Number 2115
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Key Largo, Grand Bahama, Saba, St. Vincent,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
     We went to Curacao's Seaquarium resort for the Kids' Seacamp. If you
ever wanted to take your children on a trip with you and keep them busy,
this is what you've been waiting for. For $600-$800 your kids get first
class treatment and activities. Check out their website
for all the info, including their destinations for 2006. On Curacao they
are treated to dolphin, seal, and various other animal encounters. They do
ocean art projects and learn about the ocean and enviornment, taught by
first class instructers brought in for the week. Depending on their age,
they either learn SASY, Scuba in the pool, or get their junior open water
certificates. Parents either dive or take part in other scheduled
activities, having the days to themselves because the kids are kept busy
from 8:30 - 3:30 every day. The kids had lunch every day and 3 group
dinners were provided, plus a pizza & movie night for the kids. We
parents dove with Ocean Encounters, a very well run organization. We always
dove together, sometimes up to 20 on a boat. More crowdwed than we usually
like but after the first day you knew everyone so it was like diving with
     Curacao's diving is underrated. OC took us to sites along the
southeast coast where we found walls right near shore, healthy reefs and
nice coral. The surface tends to be a little rough but it's worth the
effort. In addition to the usual tropicals we found squid, seahorses,
frogfish, drumfish and octopus, all pointed out by OC's helpful
divemasters. During one surface interval we toured a 17th century fort,
during another we came across a pod of dolphins in a bay and let them play
in our boatwake for about 20 minutes. Late in the afternoon on 2 days in a
row whales were spotted off shore and several lucky folks jumped in one of
OC's boats to head out for a closer look. One of the Caribbean's best
wrecks, the Superior Producer, is close enough to shore near the main
harbor of Willemstad to shore dive. Try it at night too! Speaking of shore
diving, many of the sites OC took us to can also be shore dives. For
excellent guided shore dives and service check out Martin & Brenda at
Silent Immersion. They'll pick up and drive you to different shore diving
     For a change of pace try Curacao's beautiful west coast. It's lined
with beautiful beaches and little villages tucked into picturesque bays.
The underwater topography is completely different from the east side -
you'll think you're on a different island.
     If you've got kids, you and they will love Kids Sea Camp. And if
you've never been to Curacao, give it a try. You'll be glad you did
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