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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Kovacs, Florida, U.S.A. (2 reports)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, British Columbia, Galapagos, Indonesia, Belize, Solomon Islands,
Bahamas, Cozumel, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour on boat dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
rinse buckets available for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
1 stars    
The Habitat hotel is nice. Beautiful pool and grounds. Large rooms with air
conditioning , stove, fridge, plates and utensils.  It's tough to load up
with food though unless you want to waste several hours in town since the
resort is so far away, but it is worth a visit. Had no hot water in my room
all week.  No screens on the door and one of the windows that had open
shutters so the bugs were able to come right in and have a feast.
The on site restaurant is very adequate.  Not outstanding but quite
acceptable.  Service was also very good.  Internet access available for a
fee which was nice.

The reefs are quite healthy and impressive by Carribean standards.  Don't
expect to see anything big.  Lots of small and medium small stuff.  Even
the eagle ray and 2 small turtles I saw were juveniles.

The dive shop on the premises is another story altogether.  The only reason
I chose Habitat Curacao was because of the unlimited, unrestricted diving
allowed.  They live up to their promise, thank goodness, otherwise it would
have been a tough vacation to swallow.  The divemasters are pretty much
useless.  Didn't see a single thing pointed out all week.  I asked three
different divemasters about possible dive sites where specific critters
might be found and all I got was a blank stare.  They have no clue to the
names or locations of most marine life.  Their goal seems to be to get in
the water,  swim around a bit and bring you back to the boat after one hour
if you choose to follow them.
I nicknamed the divemasters nazis because they would freak out if you
touched or went near dead rubble or sand.  Not touching live coral everyone
understands, and I'm very careful not to disturb anything, but sand and
dead coral?  Simply pathetic.
  One of the divemasters even lied to me for no reason.  The winds are
constantly blowing from the southwest so that it's never really calm on the
surface for any extended period of time.  This means the viz the first 30
feet can be very poor on the house reef.  Even deeper will be diminished. 
When I asked if it ever calms down this longtime divemaster said he had
never seen it so windy before and that it's usually calm!  Everyone else
laughed at this.  The winds are constantly blowing year round so, due to
the location of Habitat, don't expect incredible viz on the house reef.  It
is diminished compared to the boat dive sites where it can commonly reach
100 feet. 
     The good news is I saved a lot of money by not tipping this pathetic
     Unless you want to do unrestricted, unsupervised diving at any hour in
front of the resort I would strongly recommend using someone else.  There
are way too many good operations around to waste your money on this second
rate bunch.
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