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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive, Oct, 2002,

by Patricia and Leo Dioguardi, FL, USA . Report 251.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back to the boat with 500 PSI.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket on boat. No table, but shore stop during SIT allowed for easy film change.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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