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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive and Beach Resort in
Curaçao/near Punda

Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive and Beach Resort: "Ocean Encounters", Dec, 2017,

by George Lynch, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10073 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Egypt Red Sea; Taveuni and Ringgold Islands Fiji; Palau; Sipadan Island; Kenya; Zanzibar; Hawaii (Big Island); Grand, Brac and Little Caymans; Cayos Cochinos, Roatan, Honduras; Belize; Phuket Thailand; Akumal, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Sangalakhi Island Indonesia; Costa Rica; Jamaica; DR....
Closest Airport Curacao International Getting There Bring a good roadmap (or use website) as it is hard to find your way around initially, and rental car free maps are useless.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There were guidelines but divemasters seemed very flexible regarding experienced divers diving their own profiles. They even allowed one diver to go off completely on his own at his request. I found them very nonrestrictive but still quite safety oriented.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I am not a photographer, though I saw many. There was always a separate rinse tank for cameras but, in spite o ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Very professional dive operation, but mediocre diving. Nice boats, large and comfortable, and staff very helpful and friendly. Water was so warm, roughly 84 degrees, that no wetsuit was necessary on hour-long dives. Reef appears fairly healthy, with little trash, good numbers of small fish and other critters, but no large fish to be s ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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