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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Sunscape Resort Curacao in
Curaçao/Sunscape Resort Curacao

Ocean Encounters Diving/Sunscape Resort Curacao: "Good times with Ocean Encounters in Curacao", Jan, 2019,

by Richard J Lunsford Jr, KY, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10843.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 7-Day stay as part of a ScubaBoard Surge 2019 event. Was in garden view room 5102. Clean room, beautiful grounds, nice medium beach, 5-year old loved the pools, beach and kids' club (staff were good with her; she often asked to go), resort staff pleasant and friendly, food good (I doubt their restaurants would compete well as free-standing establishments in mainland U.S. cities, but fine for us - if you're a 'foodie' might not be your thing), as others reported getting sodas at restaurants can take time, loved the strawberry 'smoothies' at the bar (like a cherry icee in the U.S.), didn't have to wear a wrist band, and access to Ocean Encounters scuba diving pickup onsite. Across the road and down we walked over and did a buggy tour booked on-grounds at Sunscape.

Did 5 2-tank morning boat dive trips with Ocean Encounters, picked up at the resort pier. They have 4 boats, the Curacao x, x = Princess, Star, Phoenix or Galaxy. The Princess was used by non-ScubaBoard Surge divers, and Surgers rotated through the other 3, which were not identical. The Galaxy had overhead netting for storage, a 2-level table with various items, and the tank racks accepted 100-cf tanks. The Phoenix and Star racks didn’t accommodate the optional 100-cf tanks (so they tucked partly beneath the seating), neither had overhead netting (but the front ‘dashboard’ had some space for dry stuff) and the Phoenix had the table but the Star didn’t. All were fine, but life diving 100-cf tanks was easier aboard the Galaxy.
Staff were friendly, helpful and fun. Most of our group put gear on their 1st tank of the day; staff switched out tanks after the 1st dive, and were available if more assistance was needed. I benefited because my new BP/W setup wasn’t all ‘dialed in,’ had a little cam band drama, and staff helped and told me what they did. They offered sliced oranges and water between dives. O.E. offers a 2-tank morning dive, a 1-tank afternoon dive, and a night dive on Wednesday (or any day if you’ve got at least 8 people). Nitrox and 100-cf tanks cost extra, as did an optional 'all-day' 2-tank trip to Klein Curacao (that I didn't take).

Boat trips to 1st site tended to run under 30 minutes. Typical plan max. depth 60 feet/18 m, not rigidly enforced, guided dive, turn around at about 25 minutes, return trip portion somewhat shallow. Reef lusher than I expected, lots of small but not a lot of big stuff, water temp.s roughly 78 degrees, viz. about 60-80 feet I estimate. On the whole, a fine trip. Would've dove more, but had non-diving family along.
Websites Ocean Encounters Diving   Sunscape Resort Curacao

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire (> 150 dives), Cozumel (28 dives), Key Largo (20 dives), Jupiter, Fl (17 dives), Belize via live-aboard (26 dives), Caymans via live-aboard (25 dives), Turks & Caicos via live-aboard (27 dive), St. Croix (15 dives), North Carolina (9 dives), California Channel Islands (24 dives), a few more.
Closest Airport Hato Getting There Flew American Airlines Nashville to North Carolina to Curacao. Longest flight close to 4-hours.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Didn't seem to enforce. Recommended max. depth 60-feet/18-meters, Typical dive times between 50 minutes and an hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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 Separate bucket for cameras. Back at the resort, a number of rinse tanks, one for cameras and regulators.
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