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Ocean Encounters Curaçao

This dive center is known for friendly staff and a choice location on this hidden-gem island

By Brooke Morton | Updated On January 19, 2024
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Ocean Encounters Curaçao

Ocean Encounters offers one of the best locations for divers on Curaçao, the Caribbean island just next to Bonaire.

Set on Mambo Beach, the most famous stretch of sand on island, this dive center—located onsite at LionsDive Resort—runs four custom dive boats each day, visiting pristine sites just minutes away. It’s all convenient: Everything, from instruction to dive trips, is steps from the resort and its four restaurants and two pools.

A boat in the water

Ocean Encounters runs four custom dive boats each day.

Courtesy of Ocean Encounters

Ocean Encounters stands out for its customer-service-oriented staff—so friendly and professional that they ranked in the top three for the Caribbean and Atlantic region.

They want every diver to feel special and have a truly memorable experience, whether that’s for one dive or a whole week of adventure. Most staff members have been with the company five years or longer, and go above to get to know each diver and their preferences.

The diving on Curaçao, just 30 miles from Bonaire, delivers the same healthy, towering corals as its neighbor, along with the frogfish and schooling snappers to match.

A beach with a building and a body of water

Ocean Encounters’ location at LionsDive Resort brings you close to the diving and much more.

Courtesy of LionsDive

Unlike Bonaire, Curaçao is also known for nightlife, with jazz clubs, bars and a walkable downtown. From LionsDive and Ocean Encounters, you can walk to 12 restaurants, as well as shopping and live music. By day, the island offers a lot of action in addition to diving, including three golf courses, as well as mountain biking, spas, casinos, museums — plenty to entertain any nondiving travel companion or warrant adding extra days for a fuller, more satisfying getaway.

Coming Soon

LionsDive Resort, home to Ocean Encounters, is currently building 28 all-new deluxe ocean-view rooms. This is a new category of room, adding more luxury and convenience. They’re just an elevator ride away from the dive center—you can’t get any closer to the dive boats. Bookings will be accepted starting fall 2024.

2024 Readers Choice Awards

Ocean Encounters and LionsDive Resort won a combined 13 Readers Choice awards this year, including Quality of Dive Boats, Quality of Staff and Quality of the Resort.

Contact Info

+599-9-694-0025 call or Whatsapp