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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao Resort in
Curaçao

Habitat Curacao Resort, Jun, 2009,

by Jonathan Bank, AE, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5262.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Everywhere
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 15 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very loose restrictions on diving. Solo diving was always available from the shore on the house reef.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I was very excited to visit Habitat after checking out a number of dive operations on the net in Curacao. With the exception of a night shore wreck dive, the rest of the diving was below average; no pelagics, no particularly interesting marine life, and decent corals. The famous Mushroom Forest was so-so, but certainly not a "must do" dive. The wreck dive (The Capitol Producer) was an added cost. There was generally only one boat per day doing two tanks; no afternoon boats were offered, despite the availability of two dive boats which seemed to just sit in the afternoons. The dive instruction for my friend was rather shabby - she came away with minimal skills and minimal appreciation for some very basic safety procedures.

Rooms were average, but certainly not at the level of Hamanasi or other dive resorts to which I've been. The food was average, but service and attitude in the kitchen staff was sub par on the best of days. Power service was spotty - although one of the Dutch resort managers was rather good about providing a few free beers and ham sandwiches for us when we arrived late, dinnerless, and when the kitchen was closed. Most of the rest of the staff appeared a bit clueless.
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