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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Curacao Hilton in

Ocean Encounters Diving/Curacao Hilton, Nov, 2009,

by Bud and Mary Ellen, New York, USA ( 1 report). Report 5268.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The bad is American Airlines. Suffice it to say that if we could avoid flying with them we would. Thanks to them we lost a day of diving and a day and a half at the hotel. The good was the dive operator, Ocean Encounters. The Hilton was very nice and all the people there were pleasant and accomodating. The food was good but we had an all inclusive plan so were confined to the hotel restaurants. Service was on the slow side but the people were very pleasant. Ocean Encounters is one of the most accomodating dive operations we have used. I have physical limitations and they couldn't have been better at helping and assuring that I had an enjoyable experience. They also scheduled extra diving so we could make up part of what we missed.
The reefs at Curacao are in better shape than Bonaire and we saw a frogfish, octopus, numerous squid, a slipper lobster, and a sea horse plus lots and lots of tropical fish. We only saw one turtle the whole week. The Mushroom Forest was beautiful as far as coral formations but not sea life. Each day we did two dives in the A.M. and one in the P.M., all nitrox. Tanks were consistently filled to 3,000 lbs or better and 32% oxygen.
Websites Ocean Encounters Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Grenada, Cozumel, Great Barrier Reef, Florida, Bahamas, La Paz Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limits. The dive leaders set the elapsed time for being back on the boat regardless of air consumption.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 [None]
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