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Dive Review of Goby Divers/N/A in

Goby Divers/N/A: "great boat diving in Curacao", Jan, 2019,

by BC Houchens, CA, US ( 1 report with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10815 has 4 Helpful votes.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Curacao has some nice diving (ratings above relative to the Caribbean), and admittedly most is accessible by shore. But for those who prefer to dive from a boat, Goby Divers is an excellent choice. (They also offer guided shore dives, which we did one day so a friend of mine could do a refresher.)

The owners (Angela and Ima) pick you up from your hotel in town, captain the boat, and lead many of the dives. They are professional but also very fun. They are on-time and allow a full hour of bottom time on every dive (I averaged 62 min per dive over 14 dives). Dives are guided but they give flexibility once they know your skill level.

Weather and waves permitting (roughest seas from December-February), they visit some great dive sites on the far south-east end of the island (30 min boat ride) that have healthy fields of staghorn coral in the shallows and sloping to steep walls. We made the trip that direction in 5 of 6 days of boat diving. Otherwise, they turn north-west for calmer waters. They serve a sandwich and fruit between or after dives. They washed and dried our wetsuits and BCDs and dropped them back at the hotel the day after our last dive - above and beyond service!

They were able to accommodate multiple skill levels. For small groups, they would take divers who consumed air faster back to the boat without interruption of the dive for the experienced folks. They split larger groups with 2 DMs.

This operation is very good and has the potential to be an elite day boat (think Aldora or Living Underwater in Coz, or Ocean Frontiers in GC) in the Caribbean, they just need the elite divers to fill the ranks day-in and day-out.
Websites Goby Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Utila, Cozumel, Belize, Tabago, Caymans, Cuba, Australia, Palau, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour, no-deco (max typically 60-80 feet)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera bucket
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