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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters in

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Frayn, FL, USA
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Report Number 4050
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Roatan, Utila, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Belize
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They always suggested a maximum depth but divers were free to do their own
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This my second visit to Curacao and my wife's first visit. I stayed at the
Hilton last time. The hotel was fine but I was disappointed with the diving
on the east end of the island. I visited Habitat Curacao but was hesitant
to book there based on reviews I had read. I thought the reviews about
Sunset Waters were spot on. We were met at the airport as promised and were
greeted by Jim Hunter, the general manager, when we arrived at the resort.
He gave us a tour and escorted us to our room. The rooms are clean and
basic. Do not expect anything fancy here. He said the theme at the resort
was "just ask". We had an ocean view room with a balcony. I would
highly recommend booking an ocean view room. The standard rooms would be a
disappointment. My wife noticed that the room next to us was larger and not
occupied. She asked Jim at dinner if we could move into the room and we
were in it the next day. The resort has a very large natural beach with
plenty of lounge chairs and shade. There is a waitress who will bring you
drinks while on the beach. There is a small nude beach behind a wall at the
far end of the beach if you are so inclined.

The food was very good. We had no complaints. They would typically have a
buffet breakfast and eggs to order each morning. Lunch and dinner
alternated between buffet and a small menu. Both were very good. The bar at
the pool was open until 7pm each day. The main bar was open past my bedtime
each night. The Savage Turtle bar is open Monday and Thursday. They serve
dinner there both those nights. The activities director, a handsome
Curacaoan named Chuchoo, charmed the ladies and came up with activities for
the children. He also served as the DJ when there wasn't some other form of
entertainment in the evening.

The diving is excellent on the west end of the island. Sunset Divers is on
property but not managed by the resort. They have two boats. The main boat
is a converted fishing boat with two ladders in the back and a swim
platform. There was no head on the boat. Entry is a single giant stride
exit at the back of the boat. It takes a while to get all the divers in the
water because of the layout of the boat. The other boat was a six pack
boat; faster, back roll entry and a wet ride. The divemasters were all good
natured and very supportive. It typically was no longer than 20 minutes to
any dive site. The coral was very healthy and water temperature averaged 79
degrees all week. There was plenty of small fish life but no large fish
life. Spotted Drums, Eels and Scorpion fish were pretty plentiful. Dives
didn't typically exceed 70 feet but the divemasters were pretty flexible
with what you wanted to do. 

There were absolutely no hidden costs and everything was included. The only
thing you need to do is tip the staff at the end of your stay. I thought
the staff was all fantastic; from the waitresses to the maids to the
general manager. A great example of the service there was one evening we
were talking to Jim, the GM, about restaurants to go on our last night. I
asked him about the best way to get back from Willemstad and he said that I
could just take his car. I couldn't believe it. This way a really nice trip
and I would highly recommend the resort.
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