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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Line & Bill Thomas, TN, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4361
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire (3), Bahamas (3), Belize, Hawaii(2), Dominican Republic, Puerto
Rico, Florida (5)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
Rinse bucket on board and at the dock.  Table at the dock for set up was
shared with other uses.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I wish I had gone there sooner over the years, and if I go back to this
area, forget Bonaire.  This was one of my best trips overall.  The fact
that Delta had a weekly direct flight from Atlanta was a good start, we
were at the resort by 5PM (as opposed to wasting two days with Air
Jamaica).  I was a little anxious prior to the vacation, given a 2007
report in Undercurrents, but Habitat Curacao surpassed my expectations. 
Both the rooms, gardens and other public areas at the resort are well
maintained.  Habitat is away from town enough to be quiet, yet accessible
within 45 minutes.  Our group rented a car once without problems.  The
restaurant on-site is good, with moderate prices and some variety.  On the
first day, our table had a peak view into the kitchen where a cook actually
skinned fresh fish for our sandwiches.  The diving operation and boats were
efficient, well maintained and the crew accomodating and helpful.  There
were always plenty of tanks, including nitrox.  The coral reefs are
gorgeous, big, with a lot of landscape, and some of the healthiest I have
seen.  We did 12 boat-dives and numerous shore dives from their dock, day
and night.  Creatures _visible from the dock_ included a young seahorse
traveling on the sand between rocks, octopus, large crabs and green morays,
a baby trunk fish that looks like a pea, squids, and many of the usual
Caribbean reef fish.  We were interested in the diversity of moray eel
species, including a viper moray that we only saw previously in Hawaii. 
This trip was a success, with lots of good diving, good pictures, and
plenty of relaxation.
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