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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao Resort in
Curaçao

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jonathan Bank, AE, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5262
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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