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    The Dive Bus is a good option, but it is on the other side of Williamsted. Not sure if they would swing by and pick you up. We looked at it and know a lot of people love diving with them. We looked at it and figured about $100 per day/per diver and a little on the expensive side for us.

    There is a lot of shore diving especially further NW from where you are staying. An option would be to rent your own vehicle? If your traveling all the way to the island, what is another couple hundred for a vehicle. (Note: If you do get a vehicle, rent a GPS with it...we were lost until we rented the GPS. We brought a GPS and thought we had the local maps, but wasn't)

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    I emailed DiveVersity to find out more about them and will also look into renting a car. Seems to only be about 200 for the week. Thanks for the help guys.

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    If you play with the car rental schedule you can usually get it fairly cheap...i.e. don't need it the first day and can take it back a day early (can't dive much the final day anyway - only usually a very early dive)

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    to dive at either go west or ocean encounters. They seem to be to far away to walk from blue bay resort.
    That's an understatement...you'll see when you get there. It's probably the better part of 30mins. driving to Go West from there. The nearest OE shop is at the Hilton in Piscadera Bay - 2 miles east from Blue Bay back to the main road then another mile or two south from there to the water. Curacao gets pretty warm in August..

    The main OE shop is probably 20+ minutes drive the other direction - it's in East Willemstad. From BB's website:
    Distance to Willemstad: 15 minutes by car
    The Dive Bus only picks up as far west as Piscadera Bay afaik - maybe they'd swing by to get you at Blue Bay - Mark and Suzy are pretty acommodating. Or you can arrange to meet them at a dive site farther west. But if there's two of you (g/f and you?) just shore dive on your own. Most of the sites in that area are easy beach entries and have on-site dive operators for tank/wt (or full gear) rental. Usually some sort of snack shop also. Most of the sites are a few minutes drive in off the main road so w/o a car you'd be pretty limited. The exception would be Go West, from there you can walk to a couple local restaurants - or eat at Lodge Kura Hulanda on-site.

    Some good dives with all three that are fairly close by:

    Varsenbaai
    Porto Mari
    Playa Lagun

    There's a bus service on Curacao also, IDK any details but we asked a local once - she said it's pretty reliable. One of the dive operators mentions using it to get from town to their location on their website. http://www.curacaohome.com/busschedulescuracao.html

    A cab from the Airport to Westpunt (Go West) is about $50 one-way+. I'd rent a car - Blue Bay is kind of isolated. They have an arrangement with Thrify Car Rental. If it's like most rentals there, they'll pick you up and take you back to their office to do the paperwork. http://hotel.bluebay-curacao.com/autoverhuur

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    Thanks for all that info. Unfortunately my gf will not be diving or she may get certified while down there. Do the taxis and other places accept American money or would we have to get it exchanged?

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    they love the American dollar especially when tipping.

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    If you read a thread Snagel put up about his trip to Curacao last year I really recommended a car infact I almost screamed it. You will miss a lot if you don't have a car. The best spots to dive are on the west side of the island. I would not buy a dive package. A lot of the dive cites (or some depending who you ask) will charge a fee if you bring your own tanks. Example Go West will charge you a $10 locker fee per person to dive Alice in Wonderland but if you get their tanks no fee.

    Curacao has a lot to offer. My son and I would enjoy visiting the different dive shops and meeting the dive masters. Playa Laguna has a great dive shop and an even better BBQ night. It has a great reef I think one of the best. My son got his OW cert there and we enjoyed breakfasf everyday with free internet and one of the best cups of coffee. There really is only one main road west and its a loop.

    I am going back in December and I plan to crank it up a knotch not only get my own car but rent water taxis to the get a few dives in where a boat is needed. Guided dive $140 per person water taxi is $20 and your tanks for $10.

    You can have a great time exploring the island and it is a Dutch colony so no worries about crazy cops giving you a hard time. Get a car explore, dive and have a blast!

    Oh and try the Iguana at I love Janchises its pretty amazing

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    My son was a dive instructor there,met his fiancee (another instructor) and they will be getting married here in US as soon as the immigration stuff is finished. (she is fm holland.)
    If you get over to Oceans Encounters, mention William and Suzanne.. tell them they miss the island and their friends!
    I have been there a few times visiting, I recommend Westpunt and Klien Curacao as well as the Mushroom Forest and the Superior Producer wreck.
    Try to get a night dive in.. watch out for cocky octupus!

    Sine Timore!

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    Man you guys...I'm here trying to figure out our fall dive trip and you keep making me relive Curacao. The others want to try something new and now I'm all pumped up to tackle the island once again.

    BTW....Ocean Encounters is one top notch dive outfit as Stud said.

    Snagel

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    pricelist_2012_eng.pdfI just got this price list from all west apartments thought you guys might like to see it. Looks like the dropped all the prices!

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