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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive Beach Resort in

Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive Beach Resort: "Curacao: Lions Dive Beach Resort: Ocean Encounters", Feb, 2016,

by Marty Kalb, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8830 has 6 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The big draw for a dive trip to Curacao is the excellent condition of the coral and the variety and density of marine life. Taking into consideration the fact that when you select a resort and a related dive operation the sites you will invariably visit will be no more then 20 to 30 minutes from the operators pier. That said Lions Dive resort and in house Ocean Encounters are located on the south west side of the island. So my remarks do not concern other parts of the many other reefs and dive sites located further north and on the north east side of Curacao. If you want to see an abundance of healthy stony corals, fire corals, hydroids, gorgonians, sea anemones, segmented worms, and marine plants, this is your place. In addition you will encounter swarms of smaller reef fish typical of the caribbean. Don't go here expecting big animals. The diving in this area of Curacao is easy. A typical 2 tank dive will be 1st dive 60-75Ft for 45-50 min:2nd dive 60ft-50 min. On the first dive you will be over a plateau with a slopping drop off that goes down at last 100-200 ft. The safety stop is incorporated into the last 20 minutes of the dive which is usually no more than 20ft deep. There is little or no underwater current to contend with making photography a relaxed endeavour. It is not like flying underwater in Cozumel! Such is not necessarily true for the ocean surface; unlike Cozumel. The sea was very choppy making for a challenging time getting in and out of the water. The boats are large Newtons especially designed for divers. The staff is very friendly,and safety conscious. There was always 2 dive masters in the water, usually one dive master for 4-6 divers,and no more than 10 divers in total.There was one boat captain. They could have used one more person on board to help divers out of the water and back to a secure sitting position. No body got hurt but we were constantly reminded that in choppy seas the ladder was not our friend. About Lions Dive resort; it is family friendly, picturesque, lots of palm trees,and mostly populated by tourists from Holland Germany and Canada.On some days tourists from cruse ships come to the beach for the afternoon. It can get crowded. The food at the four resort restaurants is good to excellent. Rooms are clean, modernist, small by luxury hotel standards, and they only provide soap dispensers. Bring your own toiletries. Lastly if you bring your own dive gear you take care of it yourself. You can get a locker but you carry it, rinse it. and store it. It was here that I missed the extra care you get at my favorite dive operation, Scuba Du at Cozumel.
Websites Ocean Encounters Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving 25+ years throughout the Caribbean. Bonaire, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, St.Croix, Virgin Gorda, Curacao, Barbados, St Martin, Antigua, (snorkeling Galapagos )
Closest Airport Only one on Island Getting There American Airlines has regular flights from Miami Florida

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-°F / 26-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-40 Ft/ 8-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers with computers were encouraged to follow their own profiles. Divers without computers were asked to stay near or above the dive masters.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Photography is easy. Slow current. Excellent visibility at close range fairly good up to 25-30 feet. Lots of small stuff. There is a camera bucket on the boat. After a dive a staff member takes your camera from you, while you are still in the water, so all your energy can wrestle with getting up the ladder.
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