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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao in

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Leslie and Michael Bardelli, CT, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, New England
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive time and general depth were given in the briefing, but the profile was
yours.  You could dive with the DM or on your own.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Curacao provides great subject matter for photographers.  Habitat/Easy
Divers has a small bucket for cameras on the boat, but otherwise do special
facilities for photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Curacao is an easy island for us to get to.  We had booked with AA from
Hartford to Miami and then Miami to Curacao.  The flights from Miami run
daily.  Our travel day was uneventful and we arrived delayed, but only by
an hour.  

Habitat Curacao:  The Hotel
The property is very desert-like cactus gardens.  The buildings are
colorful and very geometric.  Our room had 2 queen-size beds that made the
room feel small.  There is an in-room safe, but you need to ask at the
front desk for the lock and key.  There was a small closet with shelves. 
Nice size bathroom.  The room also had a kitchenette and TV.  The balcony
with the view was the highlight.  It was nice to sit out at the table and
chairs.  We tried lunch out there, but got rained on several times. 
Sunsets were the best.  The hotel also has a small infinity pool.   They
also provide boat/pool towels that can be turned in daily for dry ones.

Oceans Restaurant
Habitat is about 30 minutes from town, so unless you have a rent a car, you
are eating at Oceans Restaurant.  Their food gets a lot of press, not much
of it positive.  We found the food to be good.  We prepaid for the
Breakfast Buffet and were satisfied with what we got.  It was basic, but
for us it was plenty.  It was not always ready, but we still had enough
time to eat and get to the boat for the morning dives.  It was nice to have
the option of ordering a lunch entrée at dinner.  We ate off the
menu the whole week, and never had a meal we were unhappy with.  The BBQ
night was great.  We ordered a combo platter and had enough for 2 lunches
as well.  We took someone else suggestion and borrowed some English muffins
from breakfast to make sandwiches from our BBQ.  When we get to Curacao
again I would bring several cans of tuna or chicken with a jar of mayo, to
do lunches in the room.  Just makes the afternoon more relaxing.  

The Diving – Easy Divers
We booked 6 days of 2 tank boat dives with Easy Divers.  The set up is very
nice.  The dive shop is on the water with tanks ready to go for you shore
dive 24 hours a day.  They have lockers for your gear.  Bring your own
locks.  Beware combination type Master locks are too large for the clasp on
the locker.  They sell locks in the shop, but they rusted out by the time
we went home.  The dive shop is multi-level with the shop on the main
level, tanks and gear lockers at water level.  Be careful those steps can
be slippery. The dive shop is well supplied with T Shirts, log books, defog
as well as some equipment.  We found the staff to be very helpful.  You
need to sign up at the dive shop on a special board prior to the dives
(each diver gets a number).  When you check out they give you a computer
print out of all the boat dives that you went on (kind of nice).  

The boats are large with space for dry storage up front.  The have a small
camera only rinse tank behind the captains ladder.  Beware the boats do not
have heads.  Giant stride is the entry used with 2 easy to climb ladders to
get back on board.  Each trip there is a boat Captain and Divemaster (all
the staff do both jobs).  Once the briefing is given you have the choice of
going with the DM or off by yourself.  They give a time limit and general
depth, but the profile is up to you.  Each crew member usually did one
dive.  If you followed the DM, really watch you computer since the DM for
dive #2 had no nitrogen debt.

The diving was GREAT.  The reefs are healthy, teaming with life.  We saw
more eels on this trip than ever, all kinds.  We got to see our first Sea
Horse and Frog Fish.  The House Reef is very easy to navigate.  Just drop
down at the bottom of the stairs, follow the rope to the reef.  The rope
keeps going down.  Follow the reef to the left or right, turn around half
way and look for the rope on the way back.  Take and spend some time in the
sandy shallows, you’ll find, anemones, crabs, and eels.  We did several
night dives and were not disappointed.  We did 20 dives in 5 ½ days
of diving.  

One of the only things we were disappointed in was the lack of
communication between the 3 businesses, hotel, diving, restaurant, since
they are 3 distinct businesses.  Be aware they don’t necessarily have
correct information about the other business.  My advice is ask, ask, ask. 
We found that information was not volunteered.  They offer a shuttle into
town 3 times a day.  You stay in town 4 –5 hours, until the next pickup. 
We learned from another guest  that they will drop you at a grocery store
and you have about 15 minutes to power shop.  The gift shop is just that,
don’t expect to get much else.  Gift shop is great for those things you
forget, but not to get groceries in.

We are planning on going back again this year as well.  We learned a few
things along the way that will make the trip that much better.  
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