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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao in

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Steve, NE, USA
Report Number 2566
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Southern Bahamas, Grand Bahama, Cay Sal Bank, Belize,
Dominica, Bonaire, Maui, Big Island (Hawaii)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Camera rinse tank on boat and dock, no real camera table on boat.  Crew
handled the cameras carefully and reminded other divers not to use the
camera rinse tank to rinse their personal equipment (masks, etc.).
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Habitat Curacao is a pleasant enough place for those wishing a dive
holiday.  The house reef is excellent, and the shore diving support
facility is excellent as well.  Lockers for personal equipment are located
adjacent to the dock/shore dive area, with a separate area to hang
wetsuits.  Large rinse tanks are available for post-dive use.  There is an
onsite dive shop which is reasonable stocked.  Nitrox (32%) is available at
$8 per tank.  Diving is truly a 24 hour a day proposition here.  The dive
center also allows you to pick up tanks for shore dives at other sites.  

The boat diving is equally good, although the price you pay for diving
freedom is responsibility for transporting your equipment to and from the
boat, setting up and changing it.  The dive briefings are adequate, and
divemasters lead the dive for those desiring it.  The divemasters are
present, yet unobtrusive, and know where to find interesting critters
(seahorses, nudibranchs, etc.).  I dove the Mushroom Forest twice.  It is a
special place, and is worthy of several dives.

Underwater photographers are assured of some excellent opportunities,
particularly for macrophotography.  Nudibranchs, seahorses, tube worms
galore, orange cup coral, flamingo tongue snails, anemones with shrimp,
crab etc. are all plentiful.  Wide angle opportunities also abound for reef
scenes, tube sponges, elephant ear sponges, black coral, turtles, etc. are
also easy.

Habitat Curacao is comfortable, but not luxurious.  We stayed in a two
bedroom "villa."  Each room has its own bathroom with tub/shower.
 There is a lanai outside the bedrooms with a small refrigerator and
cooktop with dishes, etc. for those wanting to prepare their own meals. 
The main complaint we had was ANTS (the small, nonstinging variety), and
some mosquitoes in the evening.

The restaurant is average.  At times we felt were imposing on the waiters,
although their attitude changed for the better when the manager was
present.  The Sunday night barbecue is probably the highlight.  Breakfast
was served buffet style, and was pretty good.  But you had better be there
at opening in order to make the 0830 dive boat departure.

Curacao is a nice island for the non-diver as well.  There are numerous
excellent restaurants such as Fort Nassau, Bistro Le Clochard, and
Astrolabe.  The service at all is excellent, the food first rate, and the
wine lists at least adequate to excelelnt.  The shopping in downtown
Willemstad will at least entertaing for an afternoon.  Habitat Curacao
provides free shuttle service into Willemstad, but I would recomment
renting a four door pickup truck (particularly the full size Toyota HiLux).
 The rent is reasonable, and necessary if you plan on shore diving away
from Habitat Curacao.  
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