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“Best place to get your certification”
Review of Atlantis Diving

Atlantis Diving
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: You're the reason we love scuba diving! Dive with us and let us show you the beauty of our Island above and below. We offer guided dives, all PADI courses, and most of the PADI specialties (ice diving is a bit difficult, although we've tried). Our Instructors are always ready to make your diving day a fun one, but once below it's back to business. Safety first!
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Best place to get your certification”
Reviewed 18 January 2014

I got my PADI Open Water certification with Atlantis Diving.
Everything was done in a very relaxed and professional way. I couldn't have wished for a better way to get into diving.

Visited January 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Breathe Easy diving in Curacao”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

The first thing Martin our dive master/instructor" said is "Here we relax: easy beach entry, no need to go deep, enjoy the sights..."
We are a mixed family diving group. Myself 67, one full year diving including certification, making up for lost time with 23 dives in 4 locations before Curacao. My adult daughter and son in law 20 dives but not in the past 7 years. My adult son just doing Open Water Referral certification. Three other family members snorkeling including a 6 year old and a non swimmer.
All of us thoroughly enjoyed Atlantis Diving and Apartments where the diving operation is thoroughly professional, helpful and highly entertaining. See my separate review of the excellent accommodations at Atlantis Apartments where our non diving family members also had a fine time.
This was my first beach entry experience. Not as "interesting" as my other varied dive experiences because the beaches on the leeward side of Curacao are so easy. Virtually no wave action, sandy bottom, inconsequential swim before descent, and so on. We did guided two tank dives. You load your gear into a van and look at the island sites (big flock of flamingos for example) during a drive to the selected beach. You gear up, walk into the ocean, put on your fins and go diving. After the first dive, usually stay at the same beach. Usually good facilities, often an ok beach front restaurant or snack bar for the surface interval. Gear up with second tank; a second relaxing dive.
Most of the diving we did was to a maximum of 40-50 ft (12-15 metres) -- only went to 60 ft (18 metres) a couple of times, primarily for the experience of my son when he joined us on his last 2 certification dives.
The most spectacular attraction is the coral: so many varieties and amazing colors, groups of striking purple tubes as long as a person, brain corals several feet across. As for other aquatic, creatures, nothing really large but we saw lots of interesting items: beautiful spotted trunkfish, cowfish, two turtles, two types of eel, the usual butterfly and angels and wrasses of various colors, more than enough lionfish including on a restaurant menu and one really strange creature which we think was a Flying Gurnard.
The dive operation was well organized and the staff experienced and caring. My daughter who had 20 dives in a few locations but had not dived for 7 years took a refresher dive. She had a problem with mask clearing and got quite nervous. Martin was exceptional in the way he helped her get control and get into the dive.
While there are some more challenging dives such as the Superior Producer wreck, we did not attempt them, mostly because it was a very busy week at the dive center, with 2 days in the middle of the week being New Years festivities. We were more than satisfied with the relaxing style of diving we did.

Visited January 2014
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The Hague, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great dives”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We went to Atlantis during our holidays on Curacao. For me it was 10 years since my last dive, for her it was her first dive since getting her license, so we were a bit apprehensive. The staff at Atlantis were very welcoming, accomodating and flexible, with a personal approach tailored to our wishes and level of experience.

They recommended us to start with a refresher dive, and helped out a bit more with the preparations for our first dive. The great thing about diving on Curacao is that you can see beautiful things from shore dives, so after shortly going through the basics we went from the Pierebaai, straight onto the reef! This was the first of 4 excellent dives with our guide Marcel, who, like the rest of the staff at Atlantis, was nice and relaxed while staying professional and giving us a safe feeling throughout.

Absolute highlight of the holiday was the trip to "Klein Curacao" where we had a great day, bbq lunch, two more dives and even spotted some sea turtles.

Visited October 2013
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New Milton, United Kingdom
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“Great diving”
Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

Good diving trip. Marcel was our dive guide for all dives. Very funny guy and excellent throughout. Organised and safe.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A great dive shop; great dives!”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We dove with Atlantis when we were in Curacao for one day on a cruise ship. They picked us up at the port, and drove us back to the dive shop. The dive shop is a full service PADI dive shop with a large assortment of equipment for purchase and ample rentals. The staff are friendly and professional and take the time needed to make sure you are properly equipped for diving. We went to two dive sites with excellent visibility and loaded with marine life. We will definitely contact Atlantis Diving if we return to Curacao.

Visited October 2013
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