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Dive Review of Go West Diving/Kura Hulanda Lodge in
Curaçao/West End

Go West Diving/Kura Hulanda Lodge: "Good diving in Curacao", Nov, 2016,

by Jim Miller, OH, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9270 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Good diving. Magnificent hard and soft coral and lots of small fish, eels and turtles. No medium to large fish. I've never seen large coral formations like this. Like an underwater Hobbit land!
The dive site right off of the dock is convenient and good for several dives, including night dives.
The dive shop is at the Kura Hulanda resort so it was very convenient. Though we didn't need it, there isn't a lot of assistance offered by the dive team, either above or below the water. They were capable but that's about it. Equipment storage and access to tanks for shore diving was very good, as were the dive boats. Never too many divers on board--usually 5 to 10.
The resort was nice but has seen better days. Friends we made on the flight there who have a time share there said it's been through bankruptcy several times. Our apartment was spacious and clean, but we had to call the front desk to have the wifi connected (that took two days) and deliver cooking utensils that should have already been there. We did not eat there, but lunches at the beach bistro were pretty good.
Having a rental car is necessary for access to off-site restaurants, shore diving (other than at the resort) and other activities. Though the roads aren't well marked, it's fairly easy to find your way around once you get acclimated.
I would not recommend this as a destination for non-divers. It's a 45 minute drive to the only city (Willemstad) which was just OK.
Thought Bonaire offered equivalent diving (other than the corals) and accommodations at a more competitive price.
Websites Go West Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Diving was generally unrestricted. If you wanted to stay with the guide, fine. Otherwise, meet back at the boat and out of the water in an hour. The only exceptions were a couple of drift dives due to mild current.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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