Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao
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... discrimination. Guide says they Eat iguana soup, stew and BBQ. Tastes like chicken. Guide Wendell swims w/ a great white shark once a year at the Seaquarium. There is Plexiglass in between the person and the shark. Of course they video you and sell you the DVD video. Our trivia team tied for 1st! Questions were hard today. Island of Bonaire ...
... but we didn't end up buying any. Next stop was at a beach resort where we paid $3.50 to use their facilities for the day... lovely spot if a little touristy but it had all the mod cons.. pina coladas to sip whilst reclining in the sun.. a spot of snorkeling, shopping for those that wanted to pay resort prices and best of all free wifi where we could do a quick catch up. Heather and Tim later told us they went way up the other end under ...
... to walk. The town has many of the stores you would expect in any big town.
I managed to buy mums Xmas present here and am very pleased with it. Today, it was my turn to have a calamity. I twisted my knee as we left the ship and it hurt a LOT. Still hurting now.... The picture is a view from the bar we are currently sitting in. Christmas trees and palm trees lol.
Last night was the first formal night and, true ...
The tour of the caves is guided due to prior destruction by the public. The guide speaks English, Dutch and the native Papiamentu and gives a very fun tour. As the site says, these caves have been here "since the beginning of Curacao". You'll see coral from what was the sea bed and magma that pushed the coral up creating the island. Escaped slaves used the caves as hiding places, and before the arrival of Europeans the Amerindian Arawaks used them ...
... up, but Willemstad's port seems to feel unique, in comparison. It may also be because the island is heavily touristed by the Dutch, who seem to have different vacation expectations than the typical cruise ship passenger. Curacao has an abundance of self-catering options and few all-inclusive resorts, making it a more rewarding place for independent travelers who are willing to wander around on their own, rather than joining ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.