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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving in

Ocean Encounters Diving: "Lion's Dive Resort", Oct, 2015,

by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8643.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments "Are you sure", Ashley pouted, "I'm really good and you will like what you see!" she said. I was tempted, I hadn't done anything like this for maybe 25 years and that was in Cozumel and the services were from a guy. I looked around and said "no thanks, I have my own camera so I will take my pictures, I don't need to buy yours". So Ashley continued on to the others on the boat and got a few to sign up to be photographed underwater. The diving in Curacao is typical Caribbean. The reefs are healthy and the divers, at least those that were on our boats, were all pretty experienced, except for 1 newbie dutch guy who like to run out of air and lecture salty dogs on their diving. Anyway the folks at Oceans Encounters run a good operation and allowed us to dive how we wanted. When we had larger groups they would divide the divers up into more manageable groups and stagger the starts of the dives enough that you were not on top of one another.

The resort is holding up well. It had been maybe 7 years since coming back. The staff was generally welcoming, by Dutch standards down right jovial. The rooms were adequate and similar to what you see in the Netherlands. Ample AC and water. Food is ok but there are plenty of places to eat and you would not want to miss Antonio's Italian restaurant directly across the inlet from Lions, exceptional food.
Websites Ocean Encounters Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over
Closest Airport Curacao Getting There Connect through Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 85-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They started out wanting people to stay together, but being a photographer I was always way in the back.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 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 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No real accommodations for cameras. There was a small bucket but I wasn't putting my rig in there. I have a collapsible cooler I use and that works well. There is a hose by the rinse tanks to clean up your camera, then its back to the room.
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