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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters in
Curaçao/na

Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters, Dec, 2006,

by Tripp Jones MD, SC, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 52 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 3140.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 76 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour; safety stop.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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