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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat in
Curaçao/Rif St. Marie

Easy Divers/Habitat, Mar, 2004,

by Jim Furlong, NY, USA . Report 1256.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize(Aggressor), Bonaire, Grand & Little Cayman, Provo, Fla.Keys, Gloucester, Ma, St.Lawrence, NY
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On boat dives-no restrictions, most dives ended after 60 minutes. Shore diving at Habitat or anywhere else was left to your judgement.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This my love letter to Curacao. I'm not a world traveller. I've been to some other Caribbean locations which I've enjoyed, but I always come back to Curacao. Maybe it's the large city- Willemstad, with the famous floating bridge; the massive port with the old fort walls & turrets and bustling hordes of locals and tourists shopping contrasted with beauiful countryside where you can drive or hike the ancient hills and caves. What I like is the minimal U.S. influence on culture. English is spoken, but Dutch & Papiemento are the main languages. Habitat & Easy Divers is located on Rif St. Marie along the southwest coast. All along this coast to the western tip is some of the best boat and shore diving, rivaling and surpassing Bonaire in my opinion. Like Captain Don's, Habitat Curacao has the same "Diver Freedom" attitude. Tanks out 24/7- You have a C-card, then you are responsible for yourself. Buddy diving is encouraged but not forced.
Anne-Marie & Harry, who run Easy Divers in Habitat are excellent operators-friendly, knowlegeable and willing to accomodate most requests. The crew-who have been there awhile; Tristan, Angela, Dennis, Tuki and "J" are all friendly and helpful on and off the boats; environmentally conscientious and always approachable. The house reef is beautiful and like Capt. Don's, there is the guide rope from the dock on down to 120 feet so the novice can always find the way back. Beautiful hard & soft coral teeming with small & medium tropicals and critters abound. In October'03 and this trip in March I found two, that's right two frogfish on the house reef. Night diving is fantastic-especially in Autumn during coral spawning weeks. Habitat's rooms are clean and comfotable-all have AC. The restaurant run by Esther and ably assisted by Sherman has good food and drinks for those staying on the grounds. I prefer shore dives and there is no shortage of great sites on this side of the island as well as the far eastern side which I've only begun learning. There are 70 marked dive sites-most accessable from shore. Like Bonaire, it's best to have a car and explore. Unlike Bonaire there is much to do besides diving. There is a suburban like enclave-Salina, where many Dutch reside, fine shopping and great restaurants. Try Bistro Clouchard in Willemstad on the Otrabunda side in the old fort for world class French cuisine. Or Janchie's, a local family run operation out in Westpunt. The Ostrich Farm with it's authentic African touch. So many more. Numerous white sand beaches-bikini tops optional. The oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere is in Punda. Check out the Slave Museum or the Jewish Museum in Otrabunda. The awesome Christoffel National Park at the northwest tip. The locals are friendly and the many Dutch who reside here have lost that cool veneer. There of course is poverty, some government corruption, and crime. But that is unavoidable on a big island. Most of the crime is local on local in towns a tourist wouldn't be in. There is a thriving middle class of locals and ex-pats. It is always hot here, but most times it is dry heat due to the tradewinds. Water temp ranges from 78 in "winter" up to 85 in summer to early autumn. Rain season-Oct-Dec.is light, but welcome on this thirsty island.There are numerous colorful flora and for the bird watcher many unique species. Have I said enough? I'm writing this with mixed feelings. I want Easy Divers & Habitat to be discoverd and enjoyed by adventurous divers and vacationers-on the other hand I don't want it to become a Grand Cayman or Aruba overrun with U.S. influence.
American Airlines runs a daily flight out of Miami. Other airlines can connect to Curacao. Hope to see you there. Be sure to rent a car and explore.
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