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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Sea Aquarium Resort in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters/Sea Aquarium Resort, Dec, 2006,

by Barbara Shively, MD, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 3559.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Many Caribbean islands, Costa Rica, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions both depth and time limits were imposed, even for those of us with computers. Also were required to stay with group on drift dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Have separate large rinse bucket on boat for cameras -- no masks, etc. allowed (thanks!) I do not remember any shore facilities for cameras. Divemasters were good about handing camera gear down to divers in the water and taking it back on board at end of dive.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Divemasters were very well trained and safety consious. Dive boat was very comfortable.

As "mature" divers my husband and I would like to have the option of the staff handling our gear for us as the Grand Turk divemasters, and some other places, always do. Setting up our gear on the tank, switching it between dives and rinsing it at dive day's end are not our idea of fun. We can check the setup to be sure all is well without doing it ourselves.

One complaint was that the dive operators changed the location of the next day's dives to ones we did not want to do, then were very reluctant to let us out of doing those dives without being charged anyway. They finally relented but not without pressure from us.
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