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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in

November, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by James Reilly and Fran Klass, PA, USA
Report Number 848
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, we did shore diving only  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
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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