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Dive Review of Sunrise Diving/Royal Resorts in

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Glen Madsen, UT, US (2 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6493
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Bahamas, West Indies, Cozumel, BVI's
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Not to exceed 100'.  dive length dependant upon air use.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
All shore diving with no availability of fresh water rinsing unless you
brought it yourself
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
As a first time diver to Curacao I had no expectations other than what
fellow Undercurrent reader reports gave.  I was pleasantly surprised with
the quality of the dive sites and the abundance of marine life.  We did 13
dives in 4 days and all were beach entry dives.  Chris Schmitz owner of
Sunrise Diving was a fabulous Dive Master.  He gave excellent dive
briefings and had all Cressi gear in great condition.  He picked us up at
our resort and took us to a variety of dive sites across the leeward side
of the island. As a local growing up on the island he was able to share
extensive knowledge about the area both below and above the water.  He
caters to small groups and tailors the dives to the skills of the divers. 
No cattle operation here! Chris worked with 5 of our group in obtaining our
advanced certification with thorough briefings and an extensive knowledge
base.  I would highly recommend Chris and Sunrise Diving and look forward
to a repeat visit.
 The west end had the best visibility and Playa Kalki was the highight dive
of the trip.  With bottom times well past 1 hour we had plenty of time to
explore the vibrant reef.  Lots of micro photo opportunities with clear
water and healthy coral structures.  Lion fish were found on most dives but
less populated the further west you went.  The wreck "Superior
Producer" was in 100' upright and in great condition, an excellent
In addition to scads of fish, we encountered sea horses, multiple turtles,
octopus, an enormous Manta Ray gliding over head in about 15' of water,
spotted eagle rays, and a marvelous bright green Frog fish nestled in some
pink tube sponges.
Royal Resorts is located east of Wilhemstead on it's own small islet with a
private beach and bay.  It is a time share property that also rents out
vacant units on a weekly basis.  It is a very nice resort located right
next to the Sea Aquarium and across the bay from Lion's Dive and Beach
For excellent diving on healthy reefs with a very healthy population of
fish, you must put Curacao on your diving bucket list.
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