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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in
Curaçao

Habitat Curacao, Nov, 2003,

by James Reilly and Fran Klass, PA, USA . Report 848.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Cozumel, New Jersey
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None, we did shore diving only
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Marriott is simply the most beautiful and comfortable hotel we've enjoyed. A bit pricey but well worth it. Wonderful service and on our trip, due to the off-season, Marriott gave us free breakfast and another $100 in hotel credit. Very nice.

We did a shore dive off the Hilton (used to be the Sheraton). Pretty much a junk yard near the hotel but as we got further towards Willemstad it began to look more natural. Steeply sloped wall dropping to well over 100 feet, very nice coral, lots of sea life but nothing very big. We also dove at Habitat Curacao, which has a very fine dive operation and a beautiful house reef. Just lovely shore diving site. We also ate at lunch at Habitat and enjoyed the meal.

Unlike Bonaire which is just fine for beginners, new divers should go with more experienced divers when tackling Curacao. On this trip the currents and waves were not a problem. Last time we visited (2002), sudden, strong currents made two dives a bit more than one might like. Also on the last trip, the waves made getting back on to the boat a bit adventurous. This trip we chose to carry alert sausages, signal whistles, and a lift bag and reel to facilitate safety stops in strong currents (although we did not need them). Divers might wish to take a jon line if they want to boat dive.

If anyone goes to Curacao, they simply MUST have a car. This was our second trip and the place is better and better each time. Willemstad is a city of 130,000, with an interesting historic district and more than a few very nice places to eat. Touring the island is a MUST, especially the very fine national parks along the northern edge of the island.

We had a grand time and look forward to going back again. Note: Curacao has instituted a $22 CASH ONLY facility tax which we only discovered at the airport on our way home.
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