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LionsDive Beach Resort Curacao – Leaders in Sustainable Tourism

LionsDive Beach Resort Curacao

Leaders in Sustainable Tourism

There’s no better place to start off your idyllic Curaçao vacation than at LionsDive Beach Resort. With a cozy, casual atmosphere set amidst a stunning tropical location, whether you’re a beach-lover, a snorkeler or an avid diver, it’s the perfect resort for everyone.

The Forbes Magazine article “The Best Hotels in Curacao” wrote: “To keep the beaches well maintained and beautiful for years to come, the resort operates a green eco-conscious mandate to offer recycling, energy and water conservation and sustainability through a variety of programs.”

LionsDive Beach Resort Curaçao “is aware that tourism can only survive in a world that is not only environmentally sustainable, but also economically and socially responsible.”  Learn more and download their 2019 Sustainability Report.

Whether you are traveling alone, as a romantic couple, or with family and friends, the resort offers a range of rooms including: standard hotel rooms with garden views and sea views; 2-bedroom apartments around the 50-meter pool; luxurious suites with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea; and for our truly discerning guests, we offer a luxurious 200m² penthouse!

LionsDive Beach Resort is built with a typical Dutch-Caribbean style. Located directly on the beach, the 2 and 3 story buildings are all surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with the water’s edge only footsteps away from your room.

With a warm and friendly Caribbean hospitality, the amazing service is their #1 priority. Their attentive staff is always there for your every need so that you can have a wonderful vacation. You can relax on their shaded private beach, dive in for an incredible boat or shore dives, train in the 50-meter sports pool, enjoy the many wellness options or just take a relaxing stroll on the adjacent Mambo Beach Boulevard, visiting along the way any one of the 4 wonderful bars and restaurants.

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Travelers Tip: Take advantage of the sunset “Happy Hours” on the beach, it is something that you do not want to miss!  Click here to see for yourself!

In short, LionsDive Beach Resort, is so much more than just a beautiful resort, it is an experience that you really need to dive into and feel it for yourself!

In addition to this, Ocean Encounters, the on-site Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) approved Dive Operator, is also committed to ocean conservation and sustainable tourism.   Ocean Encounters is not only a PADI Green Star Award recipient, but they also joined the Project AWARE’s “Adopt a Dive Site program” which mandates 1 monthly underwater clean-up on the house reef where they maintain the Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao’s main nursery.

Are you thinking or now planning to travel to Curacao?

If you are, then you should be considering LionsDive Beach Resort! Why?  Because it is considered one of the best Caribbean resorts to book your complete ‘Sleep & Dive’ package, including accommodations and multi-day dive packages.

LionsDive Beach Resort is a perfect launch point for discovering some of the Caribbean’s best reefs. This 4-star resort is located on an idyllic, palmtree studded private beach overlooking Curaçao’s clear waters and the fringing reef of our underwater park.

So whether you are traveling to Curaçao for an ultimate Caribbean dive vacation, a romantic honeymoon, an adventure filled family holiday, or even a group diving adventure with friends: LionsDive Beach Resort offers the right accommodation to suit everyone’s budget.

About Ocean Encounters

Ocean Encounters is Curacao’s premier 5-Star dive resort, offering both SSI & PADI courses for every level; from beginner to dive professional.

They can take you on a wonderful journey aboard one of their beautiful and well-maintained boats. No matter what water activity you choose, Ocean Encounters has all the quality equipment and supplies you need to help you get the most out of your vacation. They have quality rental equipment and a fully stocked retail shop where you’ll find diving and snorkeling gear, dive computers, wetsuits, rash guards, and just about anything you need to help make your experience on Curaçao unforgettable.

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Top 10 Fun Facts to Dive in Curacao

Top 10 Fun Facts to Dive in Curacao

Why choose scuba diving in Curacao?

Dive in to these Top 10 Fun Facts because at Ocean Encounters, we love to go diving and we do it best!

It might not come as a surprise that here at Ocean Encounters, we love to go diving. We’re a diving company in Curaçao. That’s what we do.
 
There are SO MANY reasons to go diving in Curacao that we have to contain ourselves to not jump in the water immediately – simply it is hard to find a reason NOT to go. But, let’s face it – we are of course a little biased! 

Why dive in Curacao?

Reason #1: Because Curacao is not only a world class scuba diving and vacation destination, it is also one of the best Caribbean destinations to travel to for 2021! Scuba Diving Magazine, 2021 Readers Choice Award

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About Curacao

Curaçao is located 43 miles (70km) off the North Coast of Venezuela, outside of the hurricane belt in southern part of the Caribbean. Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands and, together with Aruba and Bonaire, it constitutes the “ABC” islands. Curaçao is considered part of the Dutch Caribbean that also includes St. Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius, also known as Statia.

Located at just 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao’s consistently warm and sunny climate creates the perfect scenario for year round tourism. That coupled with the average temperature around 27°C (81°F) plus the cooling winds blowing constantly from the east (strongest in the spring months) provide excellent conditions for adventure travelers and beach goers alike.

Best Quality Dive Operator –  2021 Readers Choice Award

Reason #2: Ocean Encounters was voted as one of the BEST quality dive operators in the Caribbean.

“With on-site facilities at both LionsDive Beach Resort and, Sunscape Beach Resort, Spa and Casino, Ocean Encounters is committed to delivering the highest-quality dive experience. The facility is the biggest on island, catering to the highest number of repeat guests. Divers return to Curaçao and Ocean Encounters for a handful of reasons, starting with the lineup of famous sites, such as Mushroom Forest, Klein Curaçao, Eastpoint and Blue Room, where visitors can’t help but be wowed by the health of the reefs and the density of the fish schools flowing over top.” Scuba Diving Magazine

Another big reason that divers get hooked on Ocean Encounters is the staff because they continually deliver above and beyond what is expected to ensure that every guest has the ultimate dive vacation.

Curacao is a Macro Paradise

Reason #3:  Curacao is a macro scuba diving paradise.  Shark and Ray (Manta’s, Stingrays, Mobula) sightings are rare but that makes those encounters incredibly special.  But all the photogenic small stuff is here on Curaçao.

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Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, photo by Pol Bosch
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Peacock Flounder, photo by Pol Bosch
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Hermit Crab, photo by Pol Bosch

Some fan favorites are the Frogfish, Longlure and occasionally Ocellated, plus trunkfish, banded coral shrimps and so much more. These can be great subjects for wide-angle close ups and of course Seahorses are for the sharp eyed.  Also, if you are good with your camera and buoyancy, your Ocean Encounters dive masters are more likely to share their little secrets.

Wreck Diving in Curacao

Reason #4: If you are a snorkeler, a recently certified diver or an advanced open water diver – you are in for a treat because Curaçao is world renowned for our shipwrecks! 

Most notably is Curaçao’s iconic shipwreck, the MV Superior Producer – an advanced dive – because it is truly a dive into history!

The famous Tugboat of Caracasbaai or the Saba Tugboat in Jan Thiel are also excellent as entry level dive or fun family snorkel trip.

Continue your Adventure: The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is the ultimate program to help you get the most out of your diving.

Cavern, Cave and Grotto

Reason #5: Discovering “The Blue Room” on Curaçao is one of the coolest and most talked about experiences in the entire Caribbean and a perfect place for off-gassing between dives or for a wonderful snorkel trip. Today, The Blue Room has become an essential Curaçao experience. And, that light… unforgettable.”

Dive at Mushroom Forest – Rated as one of the ‘Caribbean Best Dives’ by Sport Diver Magazine – then spend the surface interval exploring the unique, and equally special “Blue Room”. 

Shore Diving and Snorkeling

Reason #6: Curacao is a unique shore diving and snorkeling haven for divers looking to take the advantage of a more leisurely schedule.  On the south side of the island, the fringing reef in most cases is within 60-feet (20m) from the shoreline which leads to incredible drop offs that allow divers to venture a little bit deeper into the aquatic wonderland.  Of the seventy popular dive sites the island has available, over half of them are reachable from the shore.

Dive in and start exploring the limitless possibilities with our unlimited shore diving packages, private trips and of course, our fun family snorkeling trips.

High Quality and Superior Customer Service

Reason #7: Whether you are a new diver, or a well saturated veteran, we are dedicated to providing you with the best possible vacation experience while in Curacao. As a knowledgeable & responsible dive operator, it is our pleasure to take care of your every need while on vacation – but especially while you are enjoying one of our signature trips!

But these experiences alone can also be said about so many other world class destinations too, such as our better-known sister Bonaire.  

However, our beautiful Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao is “clearly distinguishing ourselves from these other world class destinations by focusing on not only the blue factors but also highlighting the topside richness of our island where you can experience the essence of Curacao through the culture, language, music, and history.” says, Jeremiah Peek, the General Manager of Ocean Encounters.

Jeremiah went on to say, “The fact is that Curaçao is one of the most unique islands in the Dutch Caribbean, if not the world, that offers everyone who visits something different because it bridges all the gaps, intrigues all the senses and allows you all the freedom to experience it, on your own terms.  I guess that is why we say that all you need is to dive in and feel it for yourself”.

Are you looking to dive safely and securely back into Curacao?

Best Vacation Value in the Caribbean

Reason #8: “Scuba Diving on Curacao is the number one thing to DO – but of course there are plenty of things to do on Curacao and no right way to experience any of them.  All travelers can make the island their own experience while embracing its authentic, unforgettable spirit that clearly distinguishes Curaçao from other Caribbean and worldwide destinations.”

Best Dive Resorts in the Caribbean

Reason #9: Ocean Encounters has partnered with LionsDive Beach Resort and, Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa and Casino to bring you high quality “Sleep and Dive” Packages. Whether you are individuals, family, friends or Dive Groups – these packages are sure to meet and exceed your expectations.
 
If you are you looking to customize your dive travel experience, our reservations team is ready to assist you too. Contact us today to start exploring the possibilties. We are ready when you are!
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Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino
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Ocean Encounters’ pledge to sustainability in Curaçao #OEPledge

Reason #10: It’s no secret that our environment is facing a lot of challenges. Unfortunately, the biggest wrong-doer is human kind and now the ocean’s survival is being threatened. At Ocean Encounters, we believe in educating, setting an example and making a change.

It is for this reason, that we have committed to making a strong eco-friendly presence with our green initiatives and have taken these to another level with our #OEPledge, our commitment to sustainability. The #OEpledge shares the many different ways we have been involved in protecting the local waters, marine life, and community.

The Curaçao Reef Restoration Program is an example of one of these sustainabilty initiatives.

Supported by Ocean Encounters, our community, sponsors, and volunteers – the main objective is the restoration of our shallow water reef system, educating the community and protecting and preserving Curaçao’s natural ecosystems.

Are You Ready to Start Planning your next Caribbean Dive Vacation?

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Sustainable Tourism in Curacao – The Ocean Encounters Pledge

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The Ocean Encounters Pledge for Sustainability

It’s no secret that our environment is facing a lot of challenges. Unfortunately, the biggest wrong-doer is human kind and now the ocean’s survival is being threatened.

What exactly is happening?

We all want to give a helping hand to help the environment. With each passing year, we see new challenges. Here are 5 of the biggest threats to our ocean.

 

  1. Water pollution coming from improper sewage treatment resulting in contaminated waters that harm our marine life.
  2. Plastic pollution coming from land-based or marine sources. Land-based sources include mismanaged waste and inadequately disposed plastic waste. Marine sources include fishing fleets that leave fishing nets, lines and ropes behind.
  3. Water temperatures getting higher. Marine animals are twice as likely to lose their habitats due to climate change as they have fewer ways to find refuge from the heat and are less capable of adapting to a warming planet.
  4. Reef damage due to toxic sunscreens. A 2015 study found that just a small amount of sunscreen containing oxybenzone builds up in coral tissues, affecting especially juvenile coral and causing DNA damage, abnormal growth and increased susceptibility to bleaching (causing eventual death).
  5. Ocean acidification due to excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Some organisms will survive or even thrive under more acidic conditions, but others will struggle to adapt and may even go extinct. Ocean acidification affects fishing, threatens food security, as well as tourism and other sea-related economies.

What can we do?

There are different ways one can lessen the impacts on the environment. Here are some simple steps you can take at home. Be conscious of the waste you produce and minimize it. Use less energy by turning off electronics when you are not using them, use energy efficient appliances and light bulbs. Refuse single use plastic in your day to day life.

At Ocean Encounters, we believe in educating, setting an example and making a change.

It is for this reason, that we have committed to making a strong eco-friendly presence with our green initiatives and have taken these to another level with our #OEPledge, our commitment to sustainability.

The #OEpledge shares the many different ways we have been involved in protecting the local waters, marine life, and community.

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