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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters Diving: "Curacao", Nov, 2018,

by Fred M Drennan, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10686.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Over Thanksgiving. Dive operations are quite good, organized check-in/out/reservations, good rental equipment, lockers with hanging space, and membrane nitrox 32-33%. Boats are large [weren't full] with good shaded areas. Dive masters mostly lead the dives, not a lot of critter pointing [but then again not a lot of odd critters, just the usual Caribbean suspects]. Huge lionfish on every dive, and no restaurant with lionfish on the menu! Divers 50% dutch, 50% americans. Stayed at Avila Beach [very nice] and got a pick up every morning after breakfast. Best diving was to east end [3 dives there over our 4 days] with very healthy coral and sponges and lots of fish. West end [towards Willemsted] poorer viz but overall still good. Klein Curacao is a long trip [was a bit bumpy] for average diving and a long surface interval [lunch, snorkeling, walk on the island etc] but lots of turtles. Had wake riding dolphins on one of the east trips. Did not dive mushroom forest or Superior Producer.
Websites Ocean Encounters Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Fiji, PNG, Hawaii, some Caribbean
Closest Airport CUR Getting There American from Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50-60 minute dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments One dedicated large photo bucket on boat got very crowded on Klein Curacao trip. Boat crew took good care of cameras.
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