About Ocean Encounters Curaçao
PADI 5 STAR IDC DIVE CENTER
Ocean Encounters personalized service takes our guest to a great number of dive-sites. At Ocean Encounters, our guests are our first priority. We have dives schedules every day. Choosing the dive site of the day is based on weather conditions, customer requests, and divers skills. Ocean Encounters offers dives from walls and coral gardens to sloping reefs and wrecks.
Experience the dive sites that make Curacao a top destination is the Caribbean. Such sites include our house reef at the Seaquarium, East Point, Lost Anchor, Barracuda point, Beacon Point, the wreck of the Superior Producer, Tugboat and many more.
Ocean Encounters dive boats are build for divers. Each boat is certified and adheres to all safety standards of the Coast Guard. They are equipped with features such as VHF radio, Oxygen kits, First Aid kits, and life vests. All of the diving and boat crew at Ocean Encounters are Medic First Aid and DAN Oxygen certified. For your convenience camera rinse buckets are also available.
How Many Divers Are On A Boat?
Although our boats are certified for 20 and 24 divers, we limit the numbers to 16, providing you with a chance to see less bubbles and fins, and more fish and reef. Divers at Ocean Encounters benefit from the size of our boats and the size of our fleet. When doing boat assignments, we work according the following principle. 1-16 divers will be on the first boat. If there are more then 16 divers for a dive, we will assign a second boat and divide the total numbers of divers between the 2 boats. For example, 18 divers will be two boats with 9 divers each. As you can see, compared to some smaller operations, Ocean Encounters divers benefit by having a greater potential to travel on less crowded boats compared to operations that can only offer 1 dive boat. Our peak season is from October to May, so you can expect more people on our boats during this period, then during the months of June to September.
For the non-diver, we offer snorkeling from the dive boat at the dive site. Most of the dive sites make for great snorkeling at the outer reefs, walls, and drop-offs. Snorkelers can taste the excitement of diving from the surface by experiencing colorful corals, and a abundance of reef-fish.
Ocean Encounters commitment to personalized service is the keystone to our success. Hand-picking guides for their knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to excellent service, Ocean Encouners has build a first class team made up of PADI Instructors, PADI Divemasters, and outstanding Boat-captains. Ocean Encounters boats are equipped with safety gear including VHF radios, and Oxygen kits. Ocean Encounters can meet all diving enthusiasts' needs from the inexperienced to the most advanced. Additionally, Ocean Encounters offers all the PADI courses you'll ever want. Courses from Bubble Maker at the age of 8, to wreck diving specialty, to PADI Instructor.
All our dive training programs are official PADI educational scuba programs. PADI is the largest organization in teaching people how to experience our oceans. Visit our website at www.oceanencounters.com to check out the wide range off programs we offer and feel free to contact us if you still have any questions.
Monica and Nolo Ambrosi
- Ocean Encounters
Monica and Nolo Ambrosi arrived in Curacao two years ago. Both were born in Argentina from European immigrants and they moved to Oklahoma in 1983 where they lived for 20 years.
Monica, with a major in Translations and Languages was the founder of Aquarius International Services, while Nolo, with a Petroleum Engineering degree was Vice President of International Operations for an Oil Service Company. They have two sons, Christian and Leo who are both Scuba Instructors and they work with them in Curacao. The passion for diving starts with Christian while they lived for 3 years in Indonesia, followed by Monica, Leo and several years later by Nolo.
In 2002 they acquired Ocean Encounters in Curacao and in August 2003 they bought Toucan Diving Curacao. The facilities are located at the Lions Dive Beach and Resort, Breezes Superclubs and Kontiki Beach. You can find the Ambrosi family daily at any of the three facilities taking care of the divers and making sure everybody is having a great time.