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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao in
Curaçao

Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao, Mar, 2004,

by Steven Coberly, Illinois, USA . Report 966.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Belize, Caymans, Florida, Lake Michigan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour bottom time for boat dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Super diving! Morning trips of less than 30 minutes brought us to a variety of sites every day. The reef is as healthy as anyplace else I've seen. Curacao's strength is its rich and interesting coral and sponge formations -- Mushroom Forest is unbelievable! Lots of small critters. Very little in the way of big fish or pelagics. Every afternoon we dove the awesome house reef, although they do offer afternoon boat dives. Leisurely surface swim of about 80 yds to the reef which begins in 20' and slopes steeply downward. There's a resident octopus, turtle, two frogfish, and lots of other life. We dove it six times over four days; we saw no reason to rent a car to do other shore dives. The night dives on the house reef were pleasant but a bit disappointing. There was not much activity on the reef and there was very little life under the dock.
Divers are given great freedom -- dive whenever, however, and with whomever you want. (For boat dives, bottom time is limited to one hour.) This was great for us, but beginning divers could have used more direction. Dive briefings were short and contained more jokes than information. There was very little explanation about the boat procedures. A divemaster was on every dive, but was always the last one in, and most did not point out very much on the dive. Crew put the tanks on the boat, but divers carried their own gear, set up tanks, and switched tanks during the SI. You could store gear in a locker by the dive shop (bring a small padlock). No Superior Producer dives -- can't dive it when the cruise ships are in and it is too far away. Dive shop was well stocked and not expensive.
The resort was very attractive and the rooms were pleasant, if a bit small. We shared a Lanai with another couple -- two separate bedrooms and bathrooms with a shared outdoor LR and kitchen. Service was typically Caribbean -- listening, nodding, apologies, but very little action. Internet/email access for $4 for 15 min. Game room was not really functional. Great pool. Overall, fairly quiet, despite its size. Food was great, with a nice variety. Sandwiches and entrees from $7 to $23. Free shuttle into town, but if you go for dinner you have to take a cab back -- about $40.
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