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Dive Review of Seascape Dive/Sheraton in
Curaçao

Seascape Dive/Sheraton, Oct, 2002,

by Susan Sampson, WA, USA . Report 238.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Mostly Caribbean islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour or 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera tanks on boat

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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Diving: The lee side of Curacao offers a reef no more than 100 feet from the shore, dropping off quickly into nearly a wall. The reef is healthy, with little evidence of bleaching, algae or battering from hurricanes. The reef is decorated with a broad variety of corals and sponges and populated by mostly smaller fish: durgeons, chromis, damsels, parrots, squirrels, rock hinds, gobies, and a few rock beauties and angels. We saw several hawksbill turtles, many trumpets, a school of hundreds of needlefish near the surface, more burr fish and balloon fish than we have seen in any other Caribbean location, the largest seahorses I have seen (5 to 6”), spiny urchins, puffed urchins and other urchins, and a school of squid. But to a photographer, the real wealth of the reef was its abundance of feather duster and Christmas tree worms in every color, and a variety of anemones. There is abundant fire coral to remind the diver not to touch anything.
Next, the Dive Shop and Boat: Seascape Diving at the Sheraton near Willemstad offered friendly service, a 30’ boat with drinking water, shade, and a dive step at the stern. A dive master was in the water, and the captain remained on board to offer a hand to divers returning to the boat. Rides to dive sites varied from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. We saw six or eight divers on board at the most (usually fewer, but we picked up a group from the Marriott when its boat had engine troubles.) The dive master offered close guidance and care to the divers on our boat who lacked experience, but allowed the experienced divers to dive their own profiles with a request that they return to the boat within l hour.
On shore, the dive shop offered a large clean locker room with a rinse tank, clothes lines, shower, individual lockers, and access to tanks. Tanks were aluminum 80s, neat and clean looking, but bearing no marks to indicate internal inspection. Keys were issued to night divers to use the locker room. The dive shop offered a fairly small array of retail goods, more along the line of souvenirs than dive products in case a diver had equipment failure. A restroom offered a changing area for those who chose to suit up in the dive shop area.
The Sheraton offers an excellent night dive—the new dock make for easy navigation and supports a host of creatures of the night. We saw octopus, lizard fish, scorpion fish, peacock flounder, orange ball anemone, and tube-dwelling anemones.
The Resort: The Sheraton hotel is a full service resort with tennis courts, fitness gym, spa, pools, restaurants and chocolates on the pillow at night. Electricity is 110 volts, like American, but only 50 cycle, not 60 we use. After diving, downtown Willemstad offers historical Dutch architecture, gambling casinos and cruise ship shopping. In the countryside, see wild flamingoes and herds of goats.
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