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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters in
Curaçao/North West

Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters, Mar, 2008,

by Valerie Hayken, CA, USA . Report 3912.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Cancun, Hawaii, New Jersey,
California, New York, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be back on the boat in an hour. The dive shop policy was that we're all certified so we can dive to whatever depth we want. They did make recommendations (usually 60 feet), which I followed and I was never disappointed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments One of the boats was very small and made large camera set-ups a bit
challenging. The other boat was very spacious, but there was no shelf on which to place the camera. You could hold it, place it in the fresh water rinse, or bring your own basket on the boat for storage. There was room under the bench seats to put a basket.

On the dock, they had a big trash barrel for cameras, which they kept
covered to ensure that no other gear was dunked in it.

I was on the small boat most of the trip and the annoying lack of space was an easy sacrifice for the beautiful diving.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 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 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I dove here about 10 years ago and was surprised to see that many of my previous favorite dive sites weren't as beautiful as I remembered. That having been said, I still love this place. My favorite dive sites: Puerto Maria, Watamula, Sponge City.

I stayed at the Marriott the first time. This time, I went with an all inclusive called Sunset Waters. Sunset Waters didn't have as many frills as the Marriott, but the service was always very friendly (it was also a little slow). It's about an hour from Willemstad. There is a shore dive at the resort which didn't have great viz in the afternoons but it had a couple cool seahorses and a frogfish that made it well worth the dive.

This is a great island for shore diving, just make sure you rent a car if that's what interests you.
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