Curaçao offers some of the best dive deals in the Caribbean

Curaçao, noted by Rodale’s Magazine as one of the top five destinations for beginner divers and one of the world’s top 15 favorite dive destinations, is offering special dive packages through December 2004. Curaçao’s diverse and dense sea life, its varied underwater attractions such as a sunken coastal freighter and mushroom forest and its protected 12.5-mile coral reef make for a truly unique diving experience. Curaçao has more than 69 identified dive spots surrounding its coastline with 57 coral species and more than 500 species of fish.

Avila Beach Hotel and Atlantis Diving Curaçao
The Avila Beach hotel partnered with Atlantis Diving Curaçao to present three magnificent dive packages to Avila guests. Guests can select an $80 package that includes unlimited air and weights, a $145 deal that offers five guided dives with Atlantis Diving (transportation included) or a $280 package and receive a PADI open watercourse at Atlantis Diving, instruction videos, academic sessions, open water sessions and six open water dives.

For reservations and more information contact the Avila Beach Hotel at 599-9-461-4377 or via email at info@avilahotel.com

Curaçao Hilton
Guests of the Curaçao Hilton can take advantage of the resort’s “Seascape Special” valid for travel September 1 through December 17, 2004. Travelers who book a minimum of five nights, including six dives at the resort’s renowned Seascape Gold Palm PADI dive center, will receive one additional night plus two dives for FREE. Total cost for the package is $456 per person, but dive aficionados must act now, as these deals must be booked by August 6, 2004. Hilton Curaçao’s Seascape Special will have divers enjoying oceanfront accommodations, all boat dives, including one night dive, free use of tank, weight belt and weights, unlimited use of tank with free refills and daily American breakfast buffet.

Free dives are subject to availability and blackout dates and are not valid with any other discounts or promotions. Rates include hotel taxes and surcharges and are based on double occupancy. To book a dive vacation at Hilton Curaçao e-mail the resort at reservations.curacao@hilton.com or visit www.seascapecuracao.com For more information on Hilton Curaçao, visit www.hiltoncaribbean.com

Curaçao Marriott
Through December 17, 2004 the Curaçao Marriott is presenting divers with packages beginning at $179 for one diver and $239 for two divers. Packages consist of two daily tank morning dives (which include fruits, towels, tanks and weights), resort view room accommodations, day/night tennis, free admission to the fitness center, manager’s weekly cocktail party, free transportation to downtown Willemstad twice a day plus guests may receive Marriott Reward Points.

The Curacao Marriott Dive Package excludes tax and services charges and is based on a maximum of four guests per room. For reservations or more information please contact the Curaçao Marriott via phone at 599-9-736-8800, fax 599-9-462-7502 or email at reservations@marriottcuracao.com Resort
website: www.curacaomarriott.com PADI 5-Star Dive Facility on Property: www.caribseasports.com

Curaçao Sea Aquarium
The Curaçao Sea Aquarium has a variety of snorkel and dive experiences available for travelers. Guests can choose from an amazing reef dive on one of Curacao’s best coral reefs, snorkel or dive with Sea Lions, or hand feed sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and colorful tropical fish with the Animal Encounter program.

Rates range from $34 to $65, include all of the equipment and are valid until July 1, 2005. Guests can bring their own equipment if desired. All prices are subject to change and include a 5% tax. Reservations are required for all activities. For more information or to make reservations contact the Curaçao Sea Aquarium at (599-9) 461-6666 or visit the website at www.curacao-sea-aquarium.com

Habitat Curaçao
Habitat Curacao, one of the Caribbean’s top rated dive and spa resorts, has a number of “Sunny Caribbean Escape packages” available through Fall 2004. Guests can take advantage of the Leisure package, a seven-night stay including daily buffet breakfast, welcome cocktail and use of Habitat’s complimentary daytime town shuttle. Garden view and Ocean view suites are available with the Leisure package; rates are just $483 and $567, respectively. For an additional $225, scuba divers can add three, two-tank boat dives and six days of unlimited shore diving with tanks, weights and belt.

Guests can also take advantage of the “End-of-Fall” savings deal between November 17 and December 18, 2004. This deal allows guests staying seven nights to only have to pay for five nights, and divers get a free day of shore diving.

All prices are per person based on double-occupancy rates; single, triple and quad rates are also available. For information, low-cost airfares, or to make reservations for Habitat Curacao, contact their North American representative toll-free at 1-800-327-6709 or via email at Curacao@maduro.com For more information on Habitat Curaçao visit their website at www.HabitatCuracao.com

Kurá Hulanda
Hotel Kurá Hulanda is offering guests a $625 “Dive With Me” package. This five-night package is priced per room, based on double occupancy and includes deluxe accommodations, welcome cocktail, three days of diving with Ocean Encounters including two daily tank dives, weights and unlimited shore diving, unlimited use of the fitness facility, complimentary chaise lounges at both swimming pools, complimentary daily newspaper and nightly turn-down service.

Rates include taxes and service charges and are available through December 15, 2004. For reservations at Hotel Kurá Hulanda please call toll free (877) 264-3106 or your travel professional. For more information visit the website at www.kurahulanda.com

Papagayo Beach Resort
The Papagayo Beach Resort has a “Scuba Do Dive” package for seven nights beginning at $548, valid through December 15, 2004. All packages are for their large two-bedroom Garden view villa, which features a kitchen and wrap around balcony. The package includes a daily full American breakfast, one week of unlimited air and weights, unlimited shore diving, two days of boat diving (including two tanks each day and cold beverages), unlimited entrance to Jan Thiel Beach Club and Baja Beach Club, complimentary chaise lounges and towels at the swimming pool and free transportation into Willemstad for shopping trips.

Rates are per person and inclusive of all taxes and service charges. No refunds are available on any unused portion of the package. For reservations please call 1-800-652-2962 or e-mail info@caribresortstms.com Visit our website at www.papagayobeachresort.com

Curaçao, located outside of the hurricane belt, boasts an eclectic mix of history and culture, which has served to create a Caribbean experience like no other. Also known for its eco-tourism and pristine diving conditions, Curaçao attracts the adventure traveler as well as those looking to unwind and enjoy its perfect climate. Visitors to Curaçao will enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course, casinos and much more. American Airlines, Air Jamaica and Dutch Caribbean Airlines (formerly Air ALM) all offer flights into Curaçao. Certain limitations apply on Curaçao family packages.

Contact hotels or travel agents directly for more information. To learn more about Curaçao or to receive a free destination DVD contact 1-800-3-CURAÇAO (1-800-328-7222) or visit www.Curacao-tourism.com

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