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Dive Review of Dive Bus Curacao/MS Zuiderdam in
Curaçao/Willemstad (Pierbaai, Carpile)

Dive Bus Curacao/MS Zuiderdam, Jan, 2011,

by Don Winchester, NC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5897.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman: St. Thomas; Mooresville, NC; Isla de Utila; Belize; Roatan; Costa Maya; Crystal River, FL; Blue Grotto, FL; Rainbow River, Fla; Epcot, FL; St. Maarten; Maui; Kauai; Kona; Boynton Beach, FL; Puerto Ayora, Galapagos; Curacao; Aruba.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, no currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions DMs broke divers into two groups mid-dive based on air consumption to keep as close to personal profiles as possible.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera rinse tank at shop/changing area and spacious, dry picnic tables.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Enjoyed our two-tank dive a great deal. Nothing but good things to say about the operation. They waited for us to arrive by taxi after our cruise ship docked late. Everything worked at a leisurely, friendly, attentive pace. Dive briefings took place at the shop before walking across the street to the site and then, again, in the shallows before beginning swim out. Apparently torrential and persistent recent rains caused a bit of a muddy appearance to some of the reef but sponges, anemones and many different kinds of coral were visible everywhere. Which unfortunately included at least one lionfish. But fortunately included a school of eight tarpon just hanging out, watching the wall to see if anything moved. Also got a quick look at a spotted eel lurking about. And though we didn't get to spend much time there, the "Car Pile" was pretty impressive.
Top of the reef on return (no deco stop as ascent was very gradual) was the highlight (nothing like casually swimming along at 10 to 15 feet as the sunlight plays across eye-fulls and eye-fulls.) with lots of reef fish to watch in addition to the colorful, anchored stuff.
Relaxed 1:24 SI including hike back and forth to the beach, with much talk about the previous dive and anything that came into anybody's head.
Look forward to coming back and diving with this bunch again, and more extensively next time.
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