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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao in
Curaçao

Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao, Jun, 2006,

by Steve, NE, USA . Report 2566.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within recreational limits
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 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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