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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao in

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Simpson, TN, US
Report Number 2895
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On boat dives, you can follow the DM, or go on your own.  The restrictions
are: 1) stay above 130 feet, 2) turn around at 1500psi, and 3) keep your
dive to 1 hour.  No restrictions on shore diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 4th trip to Habitat Curacao.  The staff at the resort,
restaurant, and dive shop could not have been nicer.  Marjorie at Ocean’s
Restaurant knew that I enjoyed their pork ribs, which are normally served
once a week during BBQ night.  When the staff cooked pork ribs for their
staff meal on other days, Marjorie would save some for me.  Ocean’s serves
a variety of good (not gourmet) food.  Prices range from a grilled ham and
cheese sandwich with fries for under $4 to steak dinners at just under $30.
 They are happy to serve lunch items at dinner, and the restaurant is open
from 7am to 10pm.  

Our room was clean and in good repair, and the maids were accommodating to
clean it daily at our convenience, not theirs.  Requests for extra towels
were promptly answered, and they continued to supply us the extra towels
for the rest of our stay.

The resort grounds, however, did not look as nice as they have in the past.
 During our previous stays, there were gardeners at work everyday.  We saw
no gardeners this year and lots of weeds.  Workers were busy painting

The slide shows are informative and worth attending.  

The employees of Easy Divers were great, as usual.  Management, while being
very friendly, was definitely cutting corners.  The dive boat’s port diesel
engine smoked badly and diesel fumes were strong, even after the engines
were stopped.  The boat wasn’t being cleaned as thoroughly as in the past,
and salt crystals accumulated on the tanks and railings.  The engine covers
(part of the deck) were cracking and sank noticeably whenever trod upon. 
The step from the gunwale to the deck was not attached, and it moved about,
making it tricky to board and disembark.  Camera tubs were not changed very
often, and after sitting in the sun all day the water became very hot.  If
the afternoon boat did go out, the cooler was not re-supplied with ice and
the morning’s ice had completely melted.  The boat could stand another
paint job, too.  A full boat is 16 people, but it’s crowded with 10

Once on the boats, the staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. 
All boat trips are 2-tank trips.  Dive briefings were good, and surface
intervals were at least 45 minutes, and usually an hour.  Lots of cold
drinking water is available during the whole trip, and oranges are served
during the surface interval.  They take 2 DM’s on each trip.  One stays
onboard during the dive and one goes in the water.  You gear up your own
tanks, which I like.  The DM’s are happy to provide whatever assistance you
need.  In the water, you can follow the DM, or go on your own.  The
restrictions are: 1) stay above 130 feet, 2) turn around at 1500psi, and 3)
keep your dive to 1 hour.

During most of our stay, there was not enough dive staff.  To be fair,
Anthony was injured during our stay and Emma was off on surgical leave. 
Divers were discouraged from signing up for the afternoon dives if there
were classes or instruction going on.  The afternoon boats would not go out
unless 6 divers signed up.  In the past, if 10 people wanted a boat night
dive, they would arrange it.  Night boat dives were not offered this year,
even though it was during the coral spawning!  Tanks are always available
for shore diving, and with only a couple of exceptions, they’re
consistently filled to 3000-3250psi (aluminum 80’s and 63’s with 3500 rated

The dive shop has always been rather poorly stocked and disorganized, with
more emphasis on rental gear and souvenir hats and t-shirts.  This year,
most of the floor space was covered with tubs of un-displayed stock.  They
could not find the stamp pad so I could stamp my dive log.  I don’t believe
there is any repair facility and the only camera service they provide is
rental cameras.  We’ve been aware of this situation for several years, and
we pack redundant gear and tools for repair.  Now that airline weight
limits have decreased from 70 pounds/bag to 50 pounds/bag, it becomes a
more critical issue.  

While we’re on the topic of airline restrictions, the gift shop in the
lobby has a very limited selection of toiletries.  The gift shop is open
during the day, but there is only one person working there at a time, so it
closes whenever s/he goes to lunch, goes to the stockroom, or takes a potty
break.  Since TSA requires you to pack all gels and liquids in checked
luggage, it would be great if the gift shop had a better selection of these
items, or the resort provided more toiletries than a bar of soap.  You can
take the resort shuttle into town, where there is a better selection of
goods for sale.  However, the shuttle doesn’t run frequently, so plan on
spending most of the day for a trip into town, or hire a taxi.

We felt the reefs were seriously degraded from our previous visits.  Both
my wife and I found fishing line weights during our dive.
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