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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in
Curaçao

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin Elman, CO, usa
Report Number 2262
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Jamacia, Galapagos, Hawaii, Vancouver, Costa Rica, California,
Florida, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Colorado, Utah,
New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 83    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
The Boat could never quite keep the masks seperated from the cameras rinse
buckets. I know the soap is the big issue for most, my issue was the way my
equipment was being tossed around. Curacao is great for small things, squid
and crustaceans at night.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The good: Boat rides, Entry/exit, dives very easy. The shore diving from
the dive shop was extremly easy and a great place for new divers. Reef was
very healthy and quite diverse from one dive site to the next. If you get
the chance to dive "Seldom" (also called lighthouse) do! It's
called seldom, because currents (a rarity in curacao) can be tricky and
dive shops "seldom" dive it. I've never seen a more beautiful
reef. Divemaster were good if you wanted something, otherwise they left you
be i.e. their motto "diving freedom". The food in the resteraunt
was quite tasty, but you might have to wait. Rooms are simple and spacious,
but lots of electrical problems (i.e. no power two of the nights...no AC
OUCH!)
The bad: Dive shop was a smoke house and it wasn't the guests (my lungs
actually hurt). They have a dive orientation at 9:00 but, the first morning
boat goes out at 8:30, thus loosing a morning of diving. If the briefing
were anything of great importance (it took five minutes) I might agree, but
this was uneccessary and a big inconvienience (even when I asked for an
earlier briefing and was snubbed). The shop is no longer called Captain
Dons and it's apparent why, the service and enthusiasm is lacking. The
hotel and Restaurant staff almost went out of their way to ignore you. To
check in I had to wait for five minutes until the two desk people could
finish their chat and then I had to interupt. Location is not the best and
is at least twenty minutes away from Willemstad. The entire week I was
there a truck was parked on the sidewalk to the dive shop and forced me to
walk through the gravel and weeds (o.k. if you have shoes, not so o.k. in
dive boots or bare foot). 
What I wish I had known: I have been to the Captain Dons in Bonaire and I
expected the same. I was dissapointed by the new management and had I
known, I might have spent the extra bucks and gone to Bonaire instead. The
diving is great and very easy, but I think I'll look elsewhere for my next
dive trip.
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