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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Breezes in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters/Breezes, Dec, 2004,

by Kathy Carstens, WI, usa . Report 1544.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Roatan, Cayman Brac, Punta Cana, Runaway Bay, South Caicos, Great Lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No limits. We were able to just pick up a tank, sign out and dive our oun profiles.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The shore diving is excellent with a very healthy reef and a wide variety and large number of the usual tropicals. At Breezes, 1 shore dive per day is included in the stay but boat dives are extra as are exta dives. If you wish to do any boat dives, sign up at the beginning of the week as they fill up fast and only go to Mushroom Forest twice a week. The house reef and wall were plenty to keep our group of 5 divers happy all week but the opportunity to "dive your brains out" certainly does exist. I prefer to use my own gear, but loaner equipment is available at no cost. If you bring your own gear, try to stay in the Royal Tower as it is closest to the dive shop. They only have a few gear lockers so your chance of getting one is slim. Once the required forms are filled out, you simply sign out a tank and are free to dive whenever and whatever profile you want. There is no hand holding or guided tours. When the dive is over, you just sign back in. The diving is easy and varied. Entry is a giant stride off the pier and there is a nice ladder for the water exit.
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