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Dive Review of Coral Divers in
Curaçao

Coral Divers: "First time diving Curacao", Nov, 2018,

by Susan A Crane, PA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10688.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was my first trip to Curacao. The resort, Oasis Coral Estates, was wonderful and the diving was good for the Caribbean. There was still quite a bit of coral bleaching evident but some sites were better than others. The resort is located on the far west end of the island which meant that it was too far for the dive operators close to the city to get there. We never saw another dive boat the whole time. The downside was we were too far away to get to some of the more renown dives on the island unless we wanted to drive to another dive operation. We did two boat dives in the morning, the farthest was about a 30 minute boat trip, and there was unlimited shore diving on the house reef which was quite adequate. I was shown a small frog fish and a seahorse on the house reef. Someone else saw two octopus on a night dive there. They brought drinks on the boat but no snacks except on the day we did the farthest dive. There was no head on the boat so the ocean was the bathroom. The visibility was excellent with little to no current. The surface got a bit rough at times dues to windy weather and a few people had problems with being seasick during the transits. There were plenty of small fish in spite of the numerous lion fish. There is one restaurant in town that serves lion fish but I never got to try it.

The dive masters were very helpful with handling equipment but made little effort on the dives to point things out. There were two on every dive, one in front and one in the back. On one dive, they both failed to notice that some of the group was missing when we first started out until I pointed out that I couldn't find a few people. The dive master went back to our starting point and found them but I was dismayed that it took me pointing out to them that we were not all there.

There are two restaurants at the resort both of which were quite good although a bit pricey. We drove to the city a couple of times for dinner which was 30 min drive from the resort. My room had a refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker so I was able to make lunches in my room. Breakfast was included with the dive package.

My major complaint was the small biting insects at the resort. I don't know what they are called, no-see-ums I guess. But they leave bumps that itch for days. Luckily I brought some deet with me and used it when sitting outside. I am one of those people that insects seem to like so got bit more than most.





Websites Coral Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Belize, Cayman Islands, Galapagos, Palau, Indonesia, Philippines,
Closest Airport CUR Getting There I had to fly through Miami since there were no direct flights from PHL

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 83-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 100- Ft/ 30- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Almost all dives were drift dives so one had to stay with the dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There was a fresh water rinse bucket on the boat, but not a dedicated one at the dive shop. There was no camera room so I took my camera equipment back to my room every day.
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