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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive Hotel in
Curaçao

Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive Hotel, Jun, 2002,

by Gerry McAtavey, 24018, USA . Report 172.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Cozumel, Bahamas, St. Thomas, Costal North & South Carolina Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth of 100'come up w/500psi once the DM was ok with your abilities you could take your time computers OK
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Lions Dive clean and comfortable, breakfast included short walk to the dive shop.Dive operation is excellent, good breifings short rides to most dive sights. Fresh fruit and ice tea or water on board. Most of the surface intervals we were able to go ashore and wander around or get a history lesson from some of the local divemasters. One complaint, the day we dove the SUPERIOR PRODUCER wreck, current was strong at the surface and stronger at the wreck 100'below. DM should have called the dive and picked another site, pretty much a wasted tank of air, wreck is stripped clean, no fish, not much to see even on a good day. Other than that one dive, the rest of the week was very good. Sunday night is beach party night, you can start at one end of the beach and work your way back to Lions Dive and hit happy hour at each resturant/hotel from 6 to 10. Great local entertainment.
Good local resturants nearby. Great laid back location, had minor problems with the hotel internet service, but the hotel up the beach had a machine that worked fine, cheaper than calling the states plus you get to play in the casino while your wife is on line. Good dive trip, I'd go back to these folks again.
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