Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao
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... played dominoes. Their game was quiet fascinating, as it looked like there was a good bit of trash talking going on. Lisa enjoyed watching them, as it reminded us of the Mexican train games we have played with her dad. Across the bridge, we walked around town. There were lots of colorful stores, and even art in some of the ...
... called The Grill King. We got seated right next to the ocean, at the open, palapa-covered, dining platform. A number of our shipmates were also here (all Germans). Jay had french onion soup and a chicken caesar salad. I had a shrimp cocktail and a filet mignon. Jay said his french onion soup was one of the best he'd ever had. My shrimp cocktail was a bit different: warm shrimp, served over lettuce with a spicy dressing. It was good, but quite ...
We arrived in Willemstad, Curacao at about 0710 and was scheduled to be docked by 0800. This stop concluded our day and a half 554 nautical miles trip from Bridgetown, Barbados, having travelled 2075 nautical miles to date. For the past couple of hours, we noticed the ship has been vibrating a little, sort of like light turbulence on an airplane; but nothing to fret over. It was very windy and the seas were a little choppy with ...
I managed to get dressed before breakfast arrived. Now that was more like it, fruit, yoghurt, cereal and a cup of tea. All consumed on the balcony.
Today is The Beauties of Curacao tour ( pronounced cure-a-so). So up I go into the ...
... weekends trying to squeeze as much leisure into the little time they had available to them.
One thing that struck us about the anchorage of Spanish Waters was the size - it was huge, and in fact, the local Port Authority had broken the area down into 4 sections, of which you had to nominate one in which you were to anchor, and for some reason, you had to stay in that spot and not move to another anchorage for the duration of your stay...very ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao Willemstad
Despite the warnings, we found the front desk staff reasonably friendly and they answered all of our questions - including booking a trip for us.
Alas, I was lured in by the website and booked directly through that website. Had wonderful emails exchanged with Eduard, very friendly and answered all questions. We rented a car upon arrival only to discover that maps are useless without road signs. Curacao has very, very few road signs, numbers or otherwise. We arrived on a Sunday in middle of Carnivale. The streets were deserted. It took us nearly two hours to by hit or miss finally arrived at LionsDive. When I approached the desk, the gal on duty attempted to avoid dealing with me, including going to the back, and I guess trying to make someone else come out. She just said. "All our rooms are filled we have moved you to the Hilton." No apologies, no explanations, no promises, no nothing.
A big disappointment and not worth the money. (4 March 2006 thru 9 March 2006) The hotel is geared to the Dutch tourist. Checkout is 1:00 pm and check-in is 3:00 pm. This is because the KLM flights to Amsterdam leave in the late afternoon. We arrived at 7:00 am and didn't get our room until 2:00 pm and then only after complaining. Apparently they clean the rooms in order and couldn't care less that we have been waiting so long (we came from Bonaire). Furthermore we were not prepared with adapter plugs for their 220 volt/European connectors since all the guidebooks indicated North American plugs.
Don't ever be tempted by the Lion Dive Resort website
All I can say is: You will be disappointed. Awful reception, the website isn't accurate, poor service. I didn't even bother to see the rooms. The restaurant was bad enough. I checked out within an hour of checking in!!!!!!
Just came back from 4 day stay in Curacao (2/25 - 2/28). Mixed feelings about Lions Dive Resort. Here is my list of pro's and con's:
Just returned from an extended stay at Lions Dive, and overall I believe that if one has decided to go to Curacao, there is no better accomodation for the price available.
Good for the right people
I stayed here for a week to get some diving experience under my belt. The hotel itself is good, with good sized rooms, fully air conditioned all the time (unlike a previous review I read, they no longer turn off the ac when you leave the room). The staff are friendly, but can stop short of outright help ! It is very close to the dive school which is excellent. The staff there are great fun and knowledgeable. I was here for Hurricane Ivan, and the preparartions they made at the hotel were excellent, providing much information and reassurance. The hotel is right on the beach, and they ahve a good bar and restaurant. Nothing to coimplain about really, althougyh I'm sure there are gbetter places on the island, but probably more expensive too !
We enjoyed Lion's Dive overall. It was in a good location relative to alot of things. Not far from town. Also the dive shop is right out back. Just eat breakfast and load up.
We were recommended to Lion's Dive by a travel agent that we have beenvery happy with. We had a 6 day diving package with Ocean Encounters whichis next to Lion's Dive which included daily two tank boat dives and unlimitedshore diving. While some of the shore diving can be difficult, we looked atwww.shorediving.com and found dive sites that were highly rated plus OceanEncounters gave their recommendations also. Our favorite shore dives werePlaya Kalki and Porto Marie. Both of these areas had rinse tanks at the areaand very nice beaches.The hotel staff was very helpful and the rooms were very nice. Rumors, therestaurant at the resort, was a little spendy but the food was very good. Wehad a couple of dinners there and breakfast was included in the room rate.The rest of the time, we ate at many other cafes and restaurants throughoutCuracao and enjoyed them all. Lion's Dive is also located next to the Sea Aquarium and allows you free access with your Lion's Dive card. The Dolphin Swim was a great time in which you can interact with the dolphins for about an hour.
Just got back from a week at Lions Dive. We go to Curacao because we love the freedom of shore diving. We call Lions dive and were told "yes" there is great shore diving. The house reef is nice but very difficult to get to. You either have to swim down the channel to the reef or carry all of your gear through the seaquarium and down around to shore entry. Very hot outside walking with all that gear, not fun. When the water is rough, this shore entry becomes a very rough and dangerous. We went there for shore diving and had to do the boat dives.