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Dive Center Ocean Encounters

Ocean Encounters, the on-site dive and snorkeling operator at LionsDive Beach Resort, is a renowned SSI and PADI Dive Center. It is located at the marina of our resort, with a magnificent house reef just a fin kicks from the adjacent beach at Hemingway Beach Bar and Restaurant. The dive center offers a diverse selection of different trips, tours and a variety of educational courses making this your "One Stop Shop" for snorkeling and diving in Curaçao.

You will find a wonderful assortment of scuba diving and snorkeling on Curaçao because of the diverse and healthy fringing reef system that surrounds the island. With generally calm waters and great visibility, you will encounter incredible biodiversity and an abundance of coral formations making it an ideal year-round environment for snorkelers and divers alike.

Ocean Encounters has daily snorkeling and diving trips to world class sites all along the south-eastern coastline of Curaçao that have been recognized as the best-preserved coral reefs in the entire Caribbean.

Learn to dive

Do you want to explore the depths of the underwater world? Then you should register for an introductory dive or take the next step and get an Open Water diving certification by following either the PADI or SSI Open Water Course certification course.

Not up for a certification course? Then you at least need to dive with the dolphins in a protected natural lagoon, where no certification is required.

Already a certified scuba diver, then more in-depth courses are available like: Advanced Open Water, Rescue and even professional courses, such as Divemaster, are available. Or, maybe you are just looking for more adventurous specialties, such as nitrox, deep diving, boat diving and drift diving. Whatever your certification may be, Ocean Encounters is the “One Stop Shop” to either start or continue your scuba diving education with a professional staff of Dive Instructors.

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Opening Hours

daily08:00 - 17:00


Diving trips

Whether you choose to join one of Ocean Encounters on a regularly scheduled, daily 2 tank boat dive, a family snorkel trip or one of the special dive trips, the underwater world is completely different and unique. These aquatic wonderlands that are available for you to discover are truly unspoiled, and largely still unexplored. On these trips you will see sheer walls covered extensively in healthy coral and sponge colonies while the shallow plateaus are overrun by magnificent examples of Elkhorn, Staghorn and Pillar coral communities.

One Day is not Enough

When on holiday on Curacao of course you want to make the most of it. And prefer saving money while doing just that? That is why Ocean Encounters offers Multiple Day Dive Packages that can be customized and combined with your stay at LionsDive Beach Resort.

Every day, Ocean Encounters has guaranteed departures for two morning dives along the southern coast’s best dive sites and an afternoon one tank dive plus daily snorkel trips. Make the most of vacation and join Ocean Encounters on their signature trips or one of their special trips to Klein Curaçao or Mushroom Forest!

Snorkel instead of Dive

Not ready or interested to go diving on Curacao? No problem, Ocean Encounters offers activities such as snorkel trips, boat trips and even private charters that include snorkeling orswimming at famous sites like the Curaçao Tugboat and the historic Director’s Bay.

Maybe you don’t want to spend your holiday learning how to dive, but you are interested in experiencing what diving is like? In that case, Ocean Encounters offers entry level programs such as

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