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Dive Review of Lion's Dive in
Curaçao

Lion's Dive, Feb, 2006,

by Michelle Corazza, MI, USA . Report 2315.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Dominican Republic, Roaton, Belize, Bonaire, Florida Keys, Turks, Palau, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They suggested a dive profile but didn't necessarily enforce it. There was a sign for no gloves.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments One of our divers was completing their open water at Lion's Dive. It's a PADI facility and my friend did his book/pool work with an SSI program at home; the first day at the facility the Dive Instructor assigned to him was confused with how to test an SSI diver even though this person had a Universal Referral Form. Many of the skills were new to this diver. Otherwise they were fairly good with him. I didn't know that EVERYONE has to do a check out dive in the bay (was hoping to dive off the boat ASAP). Dive boats were pretty crowed (18-22 divers). At the end of one of our dives we all ended up in a large fish net. There were men fishing at a very popular dive site. Some of the divers were cutting the net to rescue fish that were stuck in the line and one of the fishermen roughly pulled a diver off the net. There was an argument betweeen our captain and the two fishermen on the surface while we all came back on the boat. The Coast Guard was called and we left. I spoke with one of the Dive Masters on the boat and apparently there is no laws protecting the site for divers, or for the fishermen. Legally, we can both be there. The staff was very upset as the week before there was a TON of fish at this site. I thought most of the islands had protected marine parks so this wouldn't happen. The resort was very nice and clean. The location of the resort was great because we could walk down the beach to other restaurants and bars. The food at the resort was good. The "included" breakfast was boring after one day. The pool was very cloudy and full of kids. The Sea Aquarium was very cool to visit. The diving overall was pretty good but not as good as Bonaire. I would say it's great for a beginner.
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