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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive, Dec, 2011,

by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 6375.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean, North Carolina, Hawaii, Florida, Iowa, Illinois
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive time was limited to around 50 minutes on most dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments My UW DSLR and housing bumped around with smaller point and shoots in their own bucket of water. It was ok but a camera table would have been nice but it was used for plastic cups for drinking water. The DMs didn't always know how to hand off the camera trying to grab the strobe arms rather than the housings handles.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Shore diving was very nice at the resort. My wife spotted a large Octopus on the first dive, during the day. A lot of Lion fish on all the dive sites. Typical reef fish but plenty of health coral. We did not have a chance to dive any wreaks as we wanted time to do some shore diving. The shore diving was good with most of the surface swims a bit longer than at Bonaire. The resort was well maintained. On check in our room was suppose to be an Ocean View but wasn't and it wasn't cleaned. The front desk moved us immediately to the right room and we didn't have any other issues. The resort is mostly visited by Dutch with only a few of us Americans visiting while we were there. We did not try the onsite finer dining restaurant because I had been told by someone who had visited a week earlier that the service was terrible and having stopped by there the first night I could tell that was the case, the staff didn't care if you were there or not. Augusto's which is right across from the resort was a great place to eat with good Italian offerings. There were a couple of places we ate at in town that were good as well but avoid the mexican restaurant at the cruise ship terminal, pretty crummy food. In stead go upstairs from there and enjoy a some great ribs and a view of the ocean. All in all Curacao is a great island, bigger than most with very good diving.
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