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Dive Review of Sea Encounters/SeaAquarium in
Curaçao

Sea Encounters/SeaAquarium, Aug, 2006,

by Grabill, Fl, USA . Report 2890.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, California, Caribbean, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Boat dives kept depths at about 80' or less and shore diving was done on our own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Our visit was only for a week. The airport apparently has had a dramatic upgrade (this per other guests we talked to since it was our first trip). Sea Aquarium Resort is a very nice timeshare right on the water across a marina from Lion's Dive Resort and Sea Encounters Dive Operations, they are on the east end of the island. Sea Encounters has nice equipment (diving and boats) but ask about prices up front. Got gouged on the unlimited shore diving package since we only did about 6 shore dives (a mistake on our part), we dove 4 days on the boat. On "check-out" shore dive, without guide, was on local reef right outside the resort. We saw eagle ray, LARGE school of bait fish (a ball about 20'+ across) with jacks feeding off it and the usual critters (eels, tropicals, etc..). On the night boat dive at Tugboat saw several lobsters, crabs and two frogfish on a sponge (extra special!). GO TO KLIEN CURACAO!! It has great dive locations, food was great but the trip is pretty long (about 2 hours each way). Shore diving is very good and was best on the west end of island (coral, critters, etc...). For the most part the distances to dive spots were 50-100' off shore and you were in about 40-60' of water. Drop offs in some locations were dramatic, couldn't see the bottom even at 80'. We'd go back again!!
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