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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters in

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones MD, SC, USA
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Report Number 3140
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Roatan, Cozumel,
Caymans, Truk.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour; safety stop.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was our dive shop's (Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC) first trip
to Curacao and it's a good destination. We flew Air Jamaica from Atlanta to
MoBay and then to Curacao. On the way back, we had to overnight in Mobay
since Air Jamaica canceled the flight from Curacao to Mobay and had to go
via Kingston. That was a pain, but what could you do? Montego Bay Airport
had security checking us as we GOT OFF the plane from Atlanta, as is we'd
stopped in Haiti or somewhere.The airport in MoBay at night is not ideal
for an individual, but OK with a group. Baggage handlers were obviously
"flying high" and selling the weed just outside the airport. The
airport in Curacao is clean and relatively efficient. The resort is about
30' from the airport and we were met promptly and journeyed by van to the
resort. It's a pretty drive and the island is clean and well kept for the
most part. The hotel is fine and the rooms were clean. The restaurant is
all buffet and that's OK for a week. The food was plentiful and good and
there was a variety of fruits, etc at breakfast, along with omelets, etc.
Lunch and dinner were also good with a beach Bar BQ being a lot of fun for
all. There were a number of guests from Europe and I think they cater more
for the European divers/guests than from North America.  
The dive operation is good. They have 2 boats, 1 that can hold about 20
divers comfortably and another that can hold about 10 or so. The staff is
good, with a divemaster in the water and another on the boat. They set up
your gear each day and you just take your fins, masks, etc to the boat from
the storage area each morning in a clothes basket, which is stored under
the seats. The facility has nitrox for $12 tank or $128 for the week. We
had six days of two tank dives, leaving at 9 AM and returning about 12:30
PM. Shore diving is good with a lagoon in front of the resort and the reef
was fine. There are guided snorkel tours for non divers.The water
temperature was somewhat cool at 76 degrees at the bottom and about 80-81
degrees at the surface.
The coral looked good and healthy. The small critters were fine and there
were plenty of opportunities for good shots.There were several seahorses
seen, with one on the reef in front of the hotel. The biggest deficit was
in any large fish. We saw no grouper larger than my hand and only 1
triggerfish and no sharks. There were only a few moderate sized barracuda.
The island needs a marine park since it is overfished by the locals. 
All in all, this is a good resort and the diving is good. I don't think it
has the fishlife of Bonaire, and this is likely due to the lack of a marine
park. The people are very nice and I liked the resort. A trip to
Willemstaad is worthwhile one afternoon. I think we would go back in a few
years and hopefully there would be more fish. The airline connections would
hopefully be better also. 
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