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Talk about a fabulous diving trip with my wife, Jill, buddies Julie and David, and all the friends in Curacao with whom we’ve dived since 2002. Here’s a snapshot of me, author Rick, taken by the owner of the incredible Waterside Apartments, Tine Valter who runs one of the absolutely best seashore apartments on the Island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles.
I did 25 dives in 10 days sometimes just with Buddy Jill or Buddy Dave or as a foursome. Night and day dives, boat and shore dives, but 50% of them right from Waterside where you won’t find better diving.
So what do you think? Euros 110 per night for an apartment that easily hold 4, situated right on the water? You don your scuba gear, walk down 20 steps and wade into the ocean. Swim out 50 yards and at 25 ft. the reef starts and it’s an ever changing wonderland from there. Swim into the light current for half a tank at 60ft., come up to 45ft. and float along over eels, rays, flounders, corals of every color and come in generally at 60 minutes with easily 800 PSI or more in your tank. Back up the 20 steps, undress, hot shower, cook on the barbecue and watch the sun sink into the Caribbean one more evening over a nice glass of wine with friends talking the night away about what you’ve seen and what you will do tomorrow. Paradise!
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