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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao in

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Bridenbaugh, Ohio, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Aruba, St. Thomas, Barabdos, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile Boat dives back aboard 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Dive Shop has a resident Guru who seems to have some Photo sense, but film
is sent out to a local developer and can be a little expensive for
overnight service.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We booked a stay at Habitat Curacao way back in March. We are avid Bonaire
divers and did a little diving in Aruba and I must say that there are many
similarities between the three. The reef system on all three islands is in
good shape and some reefs are “pristine  Shortage of large fish and
pelagics.. The Habitat food  was fair, but the selection is not so hot. 
  Our room was great we had the Lania Villa and it had two large bedrooms
with closet, TV, chest of drawers and writing table. The bathroom was
adequate but not very roomy. The best part of the room arrangement was that
the couple we came with had their room next to ours and we share a very
nice patio with couches, table and chairs and a sort of hutch that opened
up into a stove, sink, small refrigerator and pantry. This was in open air
with a roof over it and it had a ceiling fan. 
  As for the diving, it was great. The reef system is very much like
Bonaire surrounding the island with small walls and 45-degree hills
dropping down to sand flats 100-150’ or more.   They are is very good
condition with abundant fish life.   After a short orientation  we dove
right away. Lockers and tank room near the dive pier. There is a rope
coming off the pier extending down to the reef which starts at about 75
yards or so and well down the reef about 90 feet or so making it a simple
dive for non Daniel Boon divers to find the way back easily. I think this
“house reef” is a little bit better than Captain Don’s in Bonaire.  Some
great diving especially for us gray haired types.  There are a few wrecks,
but, the one that draws the most attention is the Superior Producer and it
can only be dived on when there are no cruise chips or supply ships in the
harbor. We couldn’t dive there the entire time because of the ships in the

Our first dive was very good.  We saw numerous reef fish, many Eels of all
types, it’s loaded with Banded Coral Shrimp. Arrow Crabs, Cleaner Shrimp,
Nudibranches, Anemones, Batwing Crabs, Lobsters, and all of the marine life
that usually indicate a healthy reef system.  On subsequent dives including
boat and shore dives elsewhere we saw the same thing as well as Barracudas,
Turtles, Frogfish, Sea Horses, and an occasional Ray.  The boat diving was
easy as well.  There are two tank boat dives in the morning and most
afternoons depending upon the demand. The sign-up board gives you a chance
to see where the boat is going a day ahead of time.  Tank fills were great
the 10 days we spent there with fills of 3,200 being a norm including
Nitrox for an extra 7 bucks. The dive staff is a mixed bag; a couple of
them are extra friendly and go out of their way to help you. Ann Marie the
dive shop manager is great as are Divemasters Karen, and Dennis. Tuki is a
character that you won’t forget. A Divemaster goes in the water with the
group and it’s optional if you want to follow or dive your own profile and
back on board with 500 PSI The restaurant staff seemed rather reserved and
not so friendly.  You can grab tanks from a tank fill house near the
parking lot and go. to the many other shore diving sights around the island
but be aware of the fact that some are a far kick from the shore and often
the surf makes it tough to get in and out.  I would suggest that if you are
not at least of average  fitness be cautious about some of the dive sights
from shore.

We dove Jeremi which was a beautiful reef but a long kick out, Kalki which
is very popular and not an exceptionally long kick out.  One I would
recommend is Lagun which is a short kick and a nice reef, but if the surf’s
up can be tough on new divers because of the rocks.  Several of the dive
sights can only be accessed through resort areas that charge you about 5
Guilders per car to get to.  We tried one and found it worth the money. 
There are enough good easy to get to shore sights that make renting a
pickup or small SUV worthwhile for at least a few days.  Since the resort
is located well out of walking distance to any grocery or restaurant you
might want to think seriously about a rental vehicle. As for the town of
Willemstad it is worth taking a look at with it’s Dutch looking buildings
and decent shopping as well as some good eating-places. We flew to Miami on
Delta and from there on Dutch Caribbean and be prepared to be patient with
Dutch Caribbean because they routinely overbook and we had to spend an
extra night in Miami because we couldn’t get back when  we were scheduled
and missed our connection.  I would encourage travel by Jamaica Air or
American but Dutch Caribbean needs to get their act together.  We would
give Curacao and Habitat Curacao our hearty recommendation.  We’ll go back.
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