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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Seaquarium Resort in

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Edward and Debra Svitil, GA, USA
Report Number 2936
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau,Truk,Sipadan, Philippines, Malaysia, Barrier Reef, Yap, Saipan, Rota,
Thailand, Little Cayman, Guam, Maui, Pohnpei
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time only - treated as adults (PS - skins are fine also)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Rinse tank on boat.  Not many photographers on our boat which made it OK
and everyone had plenty of room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Went with Kid's Sea Camp.  This was a great opportunity to give our 6 year
old daughter a chance to experience "diving" in a very controlled
environment and also gave us the chance to dive ourselves (which has been
limited for obvious reasons).  Unfortunately, the hotel's air conditioning
broke down the first day we arrived.  The rooms became almost unbearable
with the heat and humidity.  The resort did try to make things up by
scheduling happy hours but until they finally fixed it on Wednesday we
spent several miserable nights.  The diving is very average on a world
scale, but it was just nice to be back in the water.  Dive operator was
excellent and we had an experienced group with us - boat a little crowded
but everyone worked it out with little fuss. Divemasters Christian and
Guillermo were personable and let you dive your own profile.  Noone on the
boat was a "tank hog" and we all were back on time (which made
life a lot more pleasant).  Kids Sea Camp was highlighted by
"Rogest", an artist specializing in working with the kids and
generally making the week a lot more fun (also very talented - has done
work with DAN).  Food is very average and if you go BUY FOOD THE DAY YOU
ARRIVE. Grocery stores are closed on Sunday and the hotel was less than
accomodating in scheduling van runs to the stores and into town for divers
("we go at 10AM every day" - unfortunately we are on the DIVE
BOAT at 10AM. "take a cab" - very expensive - $20 each way into
town). Would we go with KSC again? Yes.  Would we go on our own to Curacao
to dive? No.
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