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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive in

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia and Leo Dioguardi, FL, USA
Report Number 251
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bimini, Florida,St Croix, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau, Bonaire.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back to the boat with 500 PSI.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse bucket on boat. No table, but shore stop during SIT allowed for easy
film change.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Low current dives with great viz and prolific corals made for interesting
dives. Most dives were about 60 minutes, very relaxing with low current.
All followed the same profile of wall dive to 1500PSI and return at 25 ft
on the plateau. Crew of Bob, Remy, Richie, Rene, and Ronica were
accomodating and helpful.  I would ask for Bob on any return. The wreck of
the Superior Producer was fantastic. we could see the entire wreck, 105 ft
down, from the hang line.  Food at Lions was of adequate quality but
expensive and very slow in comming. While downtown Willemstaad was
colorful, it was not the great shopping experience we expected.  While we
experienced no issues, everyone warned us about the crime levels. There is
apparently a high level of traffic in drugs and illegal Columbians that
make it dangerous to be on isolated beaches or nearby roads in the evening.
 Most folks warned us to take taxis after 8 PM, even downtown.
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