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Dive Review of Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters Beach Resort in
Curaçao

Sunset Divers/Sunset Waters Beach Resort, Jun, 2009,

by Bob Sugarman, FL, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4840.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Fla Keys, Great Barrier Reef, Bonaire, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Miami, FT. Lauderdale, Belize, Maya Riviera, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions one hour max, no depth limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments A wonderful week that we booked with Larry at H20tours.net. The dive operation was first class. Two boats are docked at the resort and were clean, modern and fully equipped (except there were no heads aboard.) The crew was safety conscious and pointed out the location of the O2, fire extinguisher, and life jackets at the start of each trip and took roll calls after each dive. Two divemasters were in the water on each dive, one leading the group and one following, although divers were allowed to go off on their own and dive their own profiles. The group was led 25 minutes out against very mild currents along sloping reefs at 50-70 feet and then 20 minutes at 35-45 feet back to the boat, where they returned to the boat so they and the captain could help everyone aboard. Divers were asked to be back on the boat within an hour so the divers on the 2 morning boat dives could be back at the resort by 12:30. The crew set up and changed the tanks and rinsed and hung the BCs and regs at the end of the trip. We rinsed the rest of our equipment and put it in baskets in the gear room where we hung our wetsuits. The divemasters were mature, attentive, enthusiastic and repeated that we were on on vacation and there to enjoy ourselves. The dive operation offers everything you could want: a.m. and p.m. boat dives, shore dives on the house reef, night dives, sunset cruise, nitrox, good rental equipment (and they comped the rental charges for the day that American Airlines delayed our dive baggage), and even a special 2 dive morning trip to Watamula that we requested. The corals are magnificent -- the most abundant and healthiest hard corals we've seen in years. Don't miss the special trip (45 minutes on the bigger boat) to Watamula, Curacao's biggest, most abundant and pristine reef. There were ample small fish, with a few turtles, rays, lobsters, octopus, and a nurse shark. The larger fish are caught and eaten by the locals, as the reef area is not a marine reserve, so it's mostly small stuff. The all-inclusive resort was a joy, situated on a small bay, with great views from the rooms and a nice clean beach. The resort is a little worn but everything was clean, worked well, and the attitude of the staff was superb. Everyone who worked there was friendly, helpful, and went out of their way to fulfill every need and request. The food was plentiful, tasty, and varied, with different themed dinners each night (seafood buffet, Italian night, BBQs) with live entertainment a few nights. The attitude and hospitality of the dive and resort staff made the vacation truly a vacation.
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