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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Seaquarium Resort in

Ocean Encounters/Seaquarium Resort, Jun, 2006,

by Edward and Debra Svitil, GA, USA . Report 2936.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 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 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Went with Kid's Sea Camp. This was a great opportunity to give our 6 year old daughter a chance to experience "diving" in a very controlled environment and also gave us the chance to dive ourselves (which has been limited for obvious reasons). Unfortunately, the hotel's air conditioning broke down the first day we arrived. The rooms became almost unbearable with the heat and humidity. The resort did try to make things up by scheduling happy hours but until they finally fixed it on Wednesday we spent several miserable nights. The diving is very average on a world scale, but it was just nice to be back in the water. Dive operator was excellent and we had an experienced group with us - boat a little crowded but everyone worked it out with little fuss. Divemasters Christian and Guillermo were personable and let you dive your own profile. Noone on the boat was a "tank hog" and we all were back on time (which made life a lot more pleasant). Kids Sea Camp was highlighted by "Rogest", an artist specializing in working with the kids and generally making the week a lot more fun (also very talented - has done work with DAN). Food is very average and if you go BUY FOOD THE DAY YOU ARRIVE. Grocery stores are closed on Sunday and the hotel was less than accomodating in scheduling van runs to the stores and into town for divers ("we go at 10AM every day" - unfortunately we are on the DIVE BOAT at 10AM. "take a cab" - very expensive - $20 each way into town). Would we go with KSC again? Yes. Would we go on our own to Curacao to dive? No.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Truk, Sipadan, Philippines, Malaysia, Barrier Reef, Yap, Saipan, Rota, Thailand, Little Cayman, Guam, Maui, Pohnpei
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time only - treated as adults (PS - skins are fine also)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boat. Not many photographers on our boat which made it OK and everyone had plenty of room.
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