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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Ivan Jasper, MT, USA
Report Number 2372
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire / Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very accomidating, lead tours that you may follow or choose your own. 
Never forced to dive with someone that you didn't want to.  Surface in 1
hour or 500 psi, whichever is first.  Enforced the no touch rule.  Divers
are treated as responsible adults.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Separate fresh water camera tank on the dive boats, altough too small for
large double strobe setups.  Crew waits for you to enter and then hands
your camera to you.  Can't speak about film facilities but the dive shop
allowed me to check digital photos free of charge.  Lots of macro subjects
in shallow water with good light.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Habitat Curacao is a magical place.  From the first sight of it pulling
into the parking lot it offered an invitation of relaxation and serenity
that I have not experienced anywhere else.  It is not glitzy and there is
little nightlife, but is isolated in a gated community on a lesser
developed part of the island with little or no traffic noise.  The staff
was very friendly and accomidating, the grounds are neat and not
artifically manacured.  The rooms are small but certainly comfortable and
offer a private deck or patio.  All with the intangible feeling of being in
one of the most comfortable places on earth.  We paid for a week's car
rental but hardly drove it because we didn't want to leave, and the resort
offers a free shuttle to downtown.  8 days was not enough, I will be going

Do bring mosquito repellant, but this was only a minor nuisance. There is a
limited selection at the restaraunt so you may want to hit the grocery
store and use the in room facilities.  And don't be in a big hurry, it is
truly island time.  Prices were $6-10 for lunch and 7-20 for dinner.  The
breakfast buffet was $9.50(!!), may want to supply your own pastries.

The diving was good, but not extraordinary, and you may be disappointed if
you expect the shore diving of Bonaire.  There was noticeable coral disease
at many sites but I was told it is recovering.  Lots of butterflys,
snappers parrotfish, flounder, eels, and even some octopus.  No tarpon or
sharks.  Dive First Encounter if given the opportunity.  I would sign up
the day before for the morning two tank boat dive and shore dive at the
resort in the afternoon.  There was no need to exceed 40 or 50' on most
dives, even if the site offered 70+, and most offered lots of little
critters and good photos in 20-30', making it excellent for inexperienced
divers.  The divemasters were professional, friendly and funny.  Diving is
unlimited 24 hours a day. I am rescue certified and was allowed to dive
solo.  Grab some tanks, and as they said at the shop, "there's the
ocean, go dive."
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