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Dive Review of Easy Divers & Ocean Encounters West/Habitat Curacao in
Curaçao

Easy Divers & Ocean Encounters West/Habitat Curacao, Sep, 2009,

by Ken Metz, OH, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 5085.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Tahiti, FL & Akumal caves, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize, British Columbia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives limited to one hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Both dive ops we used had rinse tanks on boat and shore for cameras only. No other special accomodations for cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was our first trip to Curacao. We stayed with Habitat and did most of our diving with Easy Divers at Habitat. The dive op was good for what they did, which was only as much as they had to do. This is not valet diving, which is fine as I prefer to tend to my own gear, but divers looking for valet service will not find it at Habitat. Inst/DMs led/trailed the dives, but did little other than swim along with you. The house reef at Habitat is good and worth several shore dives to explore. We did make a day trip to Westpunt to dive with Ocean Encounters West and do their house reef "Alice in Wonderland" as well as do the Watamula drift dive. In my opinion, these are the two best dives on the island. If we go again, we will stay in Westpunt and do our diving with OEW and applicable shore diving around the island. OEW runs a first class operation and Andreas is not to be beat! The manager Bryan, accomodated us on short notice with the Watamula dive after responding to our post on an Internet forum. Habitat's lodging according to Internet forums is undergoing a facelift due to a recent purchase. It looked freshly painted outside, and the rooms themselves are spartan, no bedspreads, minimal towels, but very clean. The landscaping/upkeep needs alot of work. The furniture on the porches and balconies are in desperate need of replacement looking soiled, worn and delapidated. While we were there they started the reconstruction of the beach with bulldozers and dumptrucks running most of the work day. The food was good, nothing spectacular, but you won't go hungry. Service is typical for island locales.
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