05/15/2021 - 05/22/2021
Where we are diving
You will find a wonderful assortment of scuba diving in Curaçao due to the diverse and healthy fringing reef system that surrounds the island. We will be diving with Ocean Encounters that is conveniently located on LionsDive Beach Resort property. During your dives, you’re likely to see pilot whales, dolphins, rays, and even turtles. Keep an eye on small nooks and crannies, and you might get lucky and see a tiny seahorse, a highly camouflaged octopus, a frogfish, or a mantis shrimp. Nurse sharks and lobsters chill under large corals and boulders. With calm waters and exceptional visibility, you will encounter incredible biodiversity and an abundance of coral formations, making it an ideal year-round environment. Join trip leaders, JoAnn Haack and Kevin Christ for a tropical excursion!
JoAnn Haack, Trip Leader
I have always been drawn to the underwater world and the beauty I’ve seen in pictures and movies. Once I learned it’s possible to dive in Iowa, I never looked back. As a level 8 diver, I have helped many new divers take their first breaths underwater and have taught ages 10 to 66 since becoming a dive professional in 2008.
Kevin Christ, Trip Leader
I enjoy introducing customers to an adventure that few people get to experience. Not every student starts out being able to put on a mask and jump in the water. I work with each student at their comfort level, teaching them how to be a safe diver while having fun.
Where we are staying
LionsDive Beach Resort has a typical Dutch-Caribbean design, with every room having a stunning ocean view. Located directly on the beach, the resort is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with the water’s edge only footsteps away from your room. With four restaurants, there is something for everybody’s taste, including those with a sweet tooth! Stop by Flavors sweets bar, where you can get your favorite ice cream, milkshakes, and sorbets! The resort has its own private beach with plenty of palm trees, lounge chairs, beach huts, and sunshades. Relax and unwind while listening to the lull of the ocean waves. The private beach connects with the popular beach boulevard. The boulevard has many shops, bars, restaurants, and entertainment to enjoy while we’re not diving. Willemstad is a short five-minute shuttle drive away and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Learn more about the accommodations from the resort website.
- From Omaha, Springfield, North Liberty: $2,840
- From Madison, Columbia: $2,030*
Deposit and payments
- $500 deposit due upon sign up
- $500 due October 1, 2020
- $500 due December 1, 2020
- Full payment due February 15, 2021
- Non-diver: $2,410 from Omaha, Springfield, North Liberty, $1,600 ground only from Madison, Columbia
- Prices are based upon double occupancy
- All payments are non-refundable
- Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control
- Wreck Diving
- Boat Diving
- Suunto D5 dive computer
- ScubaPro Hydros Pro BC
What prior travelers say
“Bon Bini!! – Curacao is my favorite Caribbean destination. The diving is unspoiled! We saw lots of queen angelfish and turtles and even a school of dolphins visited our divers. I also loved being part of the work with the Coral Restoration Foundation!! They have a coral nursery right on the house reef which we got to learn about and help tend the “garden”. It is also a fabulous place to do lionfish spearfishing. Then we can spend the afternoon on the very picturesque waterfront of Willemstad – it feels like going back in time! Lots to experience in Curacao!!”
– JoAnn H
Know before you go
Curacao currency is the Antillean guilder (also called the florin), which is abbreviated as Nafl. U.S. dollars circulate freely, so it is possible to get by using only American dollars or credit cards. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere on the island. ATMs can be found all over the island at major population centers and at the airport. To recognize an ATM machine, look for the signs “Bankomatiko” or “Geldautomaat.”
Giving a tip is something we do to show our appreciation and gratuity for rendered services. It is suggested to tip the porters at the airport Nafl.1 per bag. Taxi drivers are usually tipped with 10% of the fare. Restaurants usually add 10%.
Use clothing that covers all parts of your body when the mosquito is more active (at dawn and dusk). Use long sleeves and pants. Use light-colored clothing since the mosquito is more attracted to dark colors. The use of repellents is one of the most effective ways to protect your family against mosquitoes. Use it on all exposed parts of the body. If you are using sun protection, apply this first, and secondly the repellent. Sleeping under mosquito netting is also an effective way to avoid mosquitos.
All rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fan, mini-fridge, safety deposit box, cable color television, direct dial telephone, and internet possibilities. All electrical outlets are 220 Volt / 50 cycles. A plug adapter and voltage converter are necessary for all US electronics.