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

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Metz, OH, USA
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Report Number 5085
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives limited to one hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
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  
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):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
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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