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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters in

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Hobby, TX, U.S.A.
Report Number 2899
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Keys, Gulf, Cozumel, Little Cayman, So. Cal., Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 55    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They allowed me to dive my own profile or go with the group.They did prefer
me back in the boat after 60", although I did extend a couple of
afternoon dives beyond.   
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
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
        Sunset Divers (not a part of, but conveniently adjacent to Sunset
Waters) dive operation was great. The divemasters (Carlos, Sip, Kevin,
Rickey, Lynn, & Anka) were laid back but professional and made all my
dives enjoyable. Typically the DM would lead you down the reef slope to
60’-90’, continue at that depth for 20 min., ascend to about 30’, and
return to the boat. The balance of the time was spent exploring and
photographing in the boat vicinity. Some of the two-tank morning dives had
a crowd, but all were competent, experienced divers - so not a problem.
Most Curacao reefs are a short swim offshore and some of the better sites
are off publicly accessible beaches. But boat diving was very convenient,
meeting new divers and trading stories is always a plus. The viz was a
little disappointing, but they said there was an unusual inversion, and
typically viz was 70’-90’.
	Sunset Divers takes divers north to Puerto Cruz (including Mushroom
Forest) and south to Puerto Mari. You can grab a tank 24/7 and dive the
house (Airplane wreck) reef about 40 yards offshore. The reef is on the
brink of, and extending far down a steep slope (50-70 deg. – Curacao is an
old, volcanic island) covered in low mounds of hard corals and sponges
inhabited by a variety of reef fish. Lots of trumpet fish, eels, occasional
southern stingray, seahorses and frogfish. Large schools of Creole wrasse
were amazing on some sites. Not any big fish though. Locals fish them.
	Sunset Waters resort has nice rooms with good views. Most meals were
buffets. Breakfast began at 7:30 am (dive boat leaves at 9:00) with usual
fare. Chef will make omelet. Lunch – salad bar and a light fare, sometimes
off a menu. Dinner was usually fish, beef; chicken cooked various ways with
trimmings. Monday night is seafood buffet, Thursday barbeque. Thursday thru
Sunday live local music artists – all very talented and enjoyable. My wife
is not a diver, but enjoyed reading on the beach, snorkeling, taking
offered tours to local attractions and shopping in Willemstad (30 min.
away). Name brand jewelry haggled with local currency best deals. The staff
was very courteous and friendly. The residents of Curacao we came in
contact were very welcoming and made us feel “part of the family”.  We felt
this was the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. Would love to go
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