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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in
Curaçao

Habitat Curacao, Nov, 2005,

by Kevin Elman, CO, usa . Report 2262.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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