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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters in

Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters, Jul, 2006,

by David Hobby, TX, U.S.A. . Report 2899.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Sunset Divers (not a part of, but conveniently adjacent to Sunset Waters) dive operation was great. The divemasters (Carlos, Sip, Kevin, Rickey, Lynn, & Anka) were laid back but professional and made all my dives enjoyable. Typically the DM would lead you down the reef slope to 60’-90’, continue at that depth for 20 min., ascend to about 30’, and return to the boat. The balance of the time was spent exploring and photographing in the boat vicinity. Some of the two-tank morning dives had a crowd, but all were competent, experienced divers - so not a problem. Most Curacao reefs are a short swim offshore and some of the better sites are off publicly accessible beaches. But boat diving was very convenient, meeting new divers and trading stories is always a plus. The viz was a little disappointing, but they said there was an unusual inversion, and typically viz was 70’-90’.
Sunset Divers takes divers north to Puerto Cruz (including Mushroom Forest) and south to Puerto Mari. You can grab a tank 24/7 and dive the house (Airplane wreck) reef about 40 yards offshore. The reef is on the brink of, and extending far down a steep slope (50-70 deg. – Curacao is an old, volcanic island) covered in low mounds of hard corals and sponges inhabited by a variety of reef fish. Lots of trumpet fish, eels, occasional southern stingray, seahorses and frogfish. Large schools of Creole wrasse were amazing on some sites. Not any big fish though. Locals fish them.
Sunset Waters resort has nice rooms with good views. Most meals were buffets. Breakfast began at 7:30 am (dive boat leaves at 9:00) with usual fare. Chef will make omelet. Lunch – salad bar and a light fare, sometimes off a menu. Dinner was usually fish, beef; chicken cooked various ways with trimmings. Monday night is seafood buffet, Thursday barbeque. Thursday thru Sunday live local music artists – all very talented and enjoyable. My wife is not a diver, but enjoyed reading on the beach, snorkeling, taking offered tours to local attractions and shopping in Willemstad (30 min. away). Name brand jewelry haggled with local currency best deals. The staff was very courteous and friendly. The residents of Curacao we came in contact were very welcoming and made us feel “part of the family”. We felt this was the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. Would love to go back!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Keys, Gulf, Cozumel, Little Cayman, So. Cal., Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-55 Ft/ 12-17 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They allowed me to dive my own profile or go with the group.They did prefer me back in the boat after 60", although I did extend a couple of afternoon dives beyond.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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