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Dive Review of Silent Immersion/Royal Sea Aquarium Resort in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Warren Vallerand, MI, USA
Report Number 2998
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Southern California, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface at 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Our second trip to Curacao for my wife and myself.  Our first having been
11 years ago.  Significant development since then.  Stayed at Habitat
shortly after it had opened that first trip.  Dove the house reef there
during this recent trip.  The reef is still an excellent dive, but Habitat
facilities are showing significant wear and decay.  This trip stayed at the
Royal Sea Aquarium Resort which is a nice property 5 minutes east of
downtown.  Room and facilites were excellent.  Rooms have a/c and ceiling
fans and are very well maintained.  Service was mediocre.  Food at the one
restaraunt grows repetitive after several days.  Try Hemmingway's across
the lagoon or one of the several restaraunts at the several resorts within
walking distance.  Silent immersion is a great dive operation.  Run by
Jamie, an expat Irishman and his wife Miriam.  Can't say enough nice things
about them or their operation.  My 2 teenagers had completed their
pool/classroom work in the states and did their open water check out dives
with Silent Immersion.  Jamie is knowledgable, accomadating and very
friendly.  He did an excellent job of allaying my daughter's initial
concerns about open water diving and turned her into a diving fanatic!  On
top of that, their prices were the most reasonble on the island.  Did
multiple dives on the East and West ends.  Coral in good shape.  No large
stuff, but lots of spotted morays, lobsters, blue parrots, drums,
trunkfish, scorpion fish and chromis.  Producer's Bay and the Tugboat are
two easy shore dives on the east side with great visibility and a large
variety of flora and fauna.
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