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Dive Review of Dive Destination in
Curaçao/Sint Willibrordus

Dive Destination: "A nice week of diving, but.....", Nov, 2023,

by Rick Bates, ON, CA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 12734.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This was a return trip to Coral Estates Luxury Resort. I previously said I would probably not return due to issues in our group’s visit in Nov 2011. (Curaçao/West side Diving Review of Coral Divers, 2021/11 (
However, in response to my concerns last trip, the Dive OP manager offered us some free add-ons if we wanted to return. (Free Nitrox, one extra free afternoon boat dive, and a free “Sunset Cruise including drinks and snacks” – more on that later)
We were a group of 20 people, including 4 non-divers. We were expected at the resort by about 3-4:00 PM, and on arrival, almost half our rooms were not ready yet! They said “just a few more minutes”. However, the last of our group wasn’t allowed into their room until 7:15 PM. Almost 4 hours after arrival. Totally unacceptable for a large resort that knew we were coming six months ago. The extra complication with the rooms not available is that I had 4 divers scheduled for a refresher dive (requested by the dive shop for people who hadn’t been diving for 2 years or more). People had to use lobby washrooms and dive shop area to unpack their gear and get ready for the dive without a room.
Two days later the Dive OP (thro ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Dive Destination   [same]Coral Luxury Estates

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia(Wakatobi), Indonesia(Misool), Komodo Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia(Melborne/Sydney/GBR), Fiji, Florida (east coast), Florida Keys, Bahamas (Abaco), Curaçao, Roatan, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Belize(Ambergris Key), Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, Great Lakes, St Lawrence River, North Carolina, Fiji
Closest Airport Curacao (Hato) Getting There Direct from Toronto

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 86-88°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with group, 60 min max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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