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Dive Review of Bas Harts Diving/Cas Blanku (rental house) in
Curaçao

Bas Harts Diving/Cas Blanku (rental house): "Curacao Dive Safari", Dec, 2015,

by David Vickery, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8826.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean hot spots, Caribbean Hide-aways, Central America, Mexico, Fiji, Hawaii, Palau, Australia, PNG, Bikini Atoll, Maldives, Indonesia.
Closest Airport Hato International Airport Getting There Jet Blue direct from JFK, other major airlines with a stop in Miami or Texas.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Since it was just us and the guide, we dove until our air was half gone turned around, did a safety stop at 500 psi/15 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments If you bring a camera, ask for a rinse tank in the pickup truck. Tourist beaches have dive shops where you can use the rinse tank. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments “Let’s go kill some lionfish,” my partner said as we geared up at Playa Porto Mari on the west coast of Curacao. Over the past several days we had been shore diving with Bas Harts Diving, a “customized” diving service. Bas’s guide Nick de Kleine would pick us up at our rented house at 9:30 with our washed gear stowed in the back of his pickup and ferry us to the best dive sites in the northwest corner of the island. If we wanted to sleep in pick up would be at 11:00 or noon. If we wanted the afternoon off to sit at a local pub in Willemstad and watch the cruise ship crowd careen about the same designer shops they’d seen in Aruba for yet another T-shirt, Nick would arrive promptly at 7 or 8 o’clock and have us back just after twelve.

At Porto Mari we set up our aluminum 80’s filled to 2800 psi on the shaded bench conveniently located between the dive shop and the showers. Nick was a well-liked former employee of the on-site dive shop and his guests were allowed to use the facilities without cost.

Swimming three abreast along the double reef system my buddy and I searched for specimens of Pterois volitans hiding under the coral heads. Nick carried a 3 ½ foot fiberglass spe ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Feb 08, 2016 13:45 EST  
Glad to read that Curacao divers are trying to eradicate lionfish. When I was there in Oct 2011, lionfish were plentiful, and I didn't see anyone hunting them.
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