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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters in
Curaçao/North West

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Valerie Hayken, CA, USA
Report Number 3912
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Cancun, Hawaii, New Jersey,
California, New York, Florida 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be back on the boat in an hour.  The dive shop policy was that we're all
certified so we can dive to whatever depth we want.  They did make
recommendations (usually 60 feet), which I followed and I was never
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
One of the boats was very small and made large camera set-ups a bit
challenging.  The other boat was very spacious, but there was no shelf on
which to place the camera.  You could hold it, place it in the fresh water
rinse, or bring your own basket on the boat for storage.  There was room
under the bench seats to put a basket.  

On the dock, they had a big trash barrel for cameras, which they kept
covered to ensure that no other gear was dunked in it.  

I was on the small boat most of the trip and the annoying lack of space was
an easy sacrifice for the beautiful diving.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
I dove here about 10 years ago and was surprised to see that many of my
previous favorite dive sites weren't as beautiful as I remembered. That
having been said, I still love this place.  My favorite dive sites: Puerto
Maria, Watamula, Sponge City.  

I stayed at the Marriott the first time.  This time, I went with an all
inclusive called Sunset Waters.  Sunset Waters didn't have as many frills
as the Marriott, but the service was always very friendly (it was also a
little slow).  It's about an hour from Willemstad. There is a shore dive at
the resort which didn't have great viz in the afternoons but it had a
couple cool seahorses and a frogfish that made it well worth the dive. 

This is a great island for shore diving, just make sure you rent a car if
that's what interests you.
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