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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters Beach Resort in

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Visser, MI, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 4619
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
3 Caymans, San Salvador, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, St. Kitts, Provo, San
Salvador, Keys, Fiji, Palau, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 min  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
       This is a charming resort very accurately portrayed in the 2009
Chapbook. The rooms are clean and basic...nothing fancy. Get an ocean front
room with the small balcony... a delightful place to sit, read, and listen
to the waves lap against the shore, not more than 30' away. The previous
manager, Jim, mentioned in many prior reviews has left the resort and been
replaced by a great guy named "Seen". We ran into him every day
and he always asked how things were going and if there was anything he
could do for us. All staff is friendly, and service in the restaurant is
actually fast....surprising by Caribbean standards. As soon as we sat in
the restaurant we were immediately served by one of the wait staff and
asked what we would like to drink. Food was good. Examples of what we
ate....escargot in garlic butter sauce, smoked salmon, rack of lamb, filet
mignon, prime rib (chef carved), etc etc. Or if you wished to keep it
simple, they were always willing to fix you a cheeseburger with fries or a
club sandwich. Meals were a mix of buffet or ordering off the menu. The
resort actually went out of their way to set up a big screen TV for a
friendly, great group of divers from Pittsburgh that we met, so they could
watch their Steelers win the AFC championship. They set up an extra buffet
for us,  with burgers, dogs, wings, etc. They had a waiter just for us, to
keep the beer flowing. My wife and I are currently on a diet to try to lose
the weight we gained there.
       The dive shop is efficiently run by Lynn. They rinse and hang your
BCD every day on a numbered hanger- your hanger for the week. The next day
it is back on the boat. BCD's are changed to a new tank for you between
dives. The bigger boat is large enough to accommodate 20 divers
comfortably, although we never had more than 11 during our week. The best
diving is here at the west end of Curacao, so the sites are usually no more
than 15-20 min away. There was no current during our week, but apparently
sometimes there is, since the divemasters would warn us before the dives
that they would signal us if there was a current, and then the dive would
become a drift dive. Safety was a priority. O2 on board, roll calls, good
dive briefings. Only draw back is that there is no head on the boat...avoid
a lot of coffee on dive days unless you want to jump back in the water
between dives and have everyone watch you, knowing what you're doing. heh
heh. Fish life was profuse. Large schools of "flowing" blue
chromis. We saw one turtle. Lots of filefish and eels. A pair of large
porcupinefish swimming together and bumping into each other. We got within
a few feet of a large, curious squid. You will probably see a frogfish,
since Clark, our divemaster told us he would show us one before a certain
dive, and it was right where he had predicted. Many many fish, although not
much large stuff. The reefs are amazing...visit Mushroom Forest. The shore
dive is cool. It can be as deep or as shallow as you want. Lots of great
critters including a sea horse.
      Overall, we had a great week. Although we rarely go back to the same
place twice, since we like variety in our diving, we are considering
returning to this place in a couple of years. One little travel tip. Know
that American Airlines flights arrive in Curacao at 8PM and  depart at 8AM.
Unfortunately you lose a day at each end of your vacation to travel. We had
to fly AA since we were using frequent flyer miles.
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