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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/CRUISE SHIP in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters Diving/CRUISE SHIP: "CURACAO DIVING IN MARCH", Mar, 2017,

by ALEX VASILIU, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9527.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I AM A BEGINNER DIVER.I certified for OPEN WATER when I was 68 and now I am 78 years old.
I had to make the reservation on their website and get directions from them .The cruise ship came in at 8 AM and the only option available Sunday March 26 was a one tank dive at TUGBOAT .I was with 2 other diving ladies, another young married couple ,a professional underwater photographer and myself
Captain David had a detailed pre dive briefing .Underwater we had a lady dive instructor helping the young couple with their dive. The rest of us moved free around .The deepest point for me was 72ft .I excited the water at the 40 min 24 sec mark with 700 psi left.Water was 84 deg and visibility was about 70 ft.I liked the fact that we could move around and not follow the beginners with the dive instructor.The only requirement was to tell the dive instructor when we were at 1000 psi.At that point we moved to the tugboat wreck at 25 ft and spent some time on the safety stop.The dive shop was at the LION DIVE AND BEACH RESORT ten minutes taxi ride from the cruise ship terminal.The shop had a class room and all the material for PADI certification.The rental equipment shop had good rentals .I had to get fins, a CRESSI BCD and weigths.George in the store was very knowledgeable he helped the couple with replacement parts for their regulators.The price for one tank dive and rental was $ 67 I would recommend this dive shop for divers at my level of experience.
Websites Ocean Encounters Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [BORA BORA , COZUMEL, HAWAII BIG ISLAND , MOLOKINI CATALINA CA, ARUBA .
Closest Airport CURACAO Getting There AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIES DIRECT FROM MIAMI

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions During the briefing Capt David suggested to stay around 60 ft where most of the fish and sponges were
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments I did not had a camera but the 2 ladies and the professional photographer were busy all the time.The best was a large congregation of about 80 fish all striking blue about 10 inch long
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