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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive, Apr, 2006,

by Terry Flynn, MO, United States ( 2 reports). Report 2892.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Bon Aire, Cost Rica, East & West coast U.S., South Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 72 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tank for cameras added they added a larger tank after day 1 to accomodate some of the larger housings. DM's instructed divers not to use for anything but cameras. Had equipment ready when you enetered the water.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Check in was hectic and unorganized. Rooms were not ready due to large biking event and some people not checking out until a day later. This necessitated additional moves. Rooms were small and electrical outlets were lacking. Lions Dive is an older operation but the facility is clean and well maintained. The housekeeping staff did a great job but the overall attitude of the hotel staff was so-so. The breakfast buffet was good but they only had instant coffee available. The dive operation was another story. Christian and his staff at Ocean Encounters went out of their way to accomodate. The divemasters were knowledgable and helpful. The boat our group had was clean, well equipped, and well maintained. We had a CCR diver in our group and the staff was very accomodating with O2 fills etc. The dive shop hosted a BBQ for our group on Friday evening that was exceptional. Christian and most of the shop staff atended as well. Check out on Saturday morning went much smoother.
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