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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lion's Dive in
Curaçao

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Leo Dioguardi, FL, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 653
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Bimini, Cozumel, Walkers Cay, Maui, Palau, Ft Lauderdale FL
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour and 500 psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Resort was comfortable but several of our group had problems with hot water
and a/c.  Food was OK but fairly expensive, we often chose to dine
elsewhere.  Downtown shopping was dutyfree and worth the trip.  Many locals
warned us, however, about the crime rate.  At night, it is not safe to walk
near open beach areas and many places in town.  Being the unwitting witness
to drug smuggling and/or arrival of illegal Columbians  is very dangerous.
We stuck with taxis and had no problems.  Diving was very similar to
Bonaire with rich shallow (25') plateaus dropping off to wall dives fairly
close to shore.  Viz was great and don't miss diving on the Superior
Producer.  We hit it on a low current day and you could see the entire
wreck 100 ft below from the surface, excellent.  The Dive Operation was
well run with tag lines, drop tanks, etc when the dive required it. 
Especially nice is that most dives were so close that your SIT was on land
at a nearby park, complete with refreshments.  Nitrox was available with 1
day notice.
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