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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao Resort in
Curaçao

Habitat Curacao Resort, Aug, 2010,

by Don Jennings, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5763.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California Coast, Hawaii (most islands), Cayman Islands, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They had a guide in the water, but you could dive your own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 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 N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed in a house in the same gated community as Habitat Curacao so I cannot comment on hotels in the area. However, I can say the selection and cost of the food at the local grocery stores was comparable to California and restaurants were not expensive and had excellent food. Be warned, getting a rental car is a time-consuming process, one is immediately forced to be on "island time" after landing at the airport!

The diving was fantastic. We made shore dives at 3 different locations, but mostly dove the Habitat Curacao house reef since it was a wonderful, easy, convenient dive. You take stairs to enter the water, then swim 50 or so yards over a white sandy bottom to a beautiful wall that begins in 20 feet of water. We saw abundant morays (some large free-swimming green morays), a spotted ray and large numbers of fish. There were 12 of us, 3 never wore wetsuits while the others wore varying thicknesses on some of the dives.

We did 3 half-day boat dives which were relatively inexpensive. The best single dive we had was from the boat at the Mushroom Forest. The underwater terrain was almost "other-worldly" and it was teeming with fish and eels. We even found a frog fish! Habitat Curacao is closer to the Mushroom Forest than other dive operators and charges less and can get there more quickly than the other boats.

The crew was fantastic, both before we arrived and during our stay. I called the shop and emailed several of the crew directly before we arrived asking about almost everything that we could think of before our arrival, they were more than helpful. During the dives there were guides in the water but you did not have to stay with them. The guides traveled slowly and took pains to show us any life that we came across.

In summary; the water was warm and clear, the walls were awesome, there was little or no large sea life but beautiful coral and large schools of tropical fish.

Note: there is little or no "night-life" on the island and not much to do if you are not diving.
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