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Dive Review of Habitat in
Curaçao

Habitat, Nov, 2004,

by conrad kantor, ca, usa . Report 1466.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]carribbean, central america
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Last 4 years I have gone annually to Curacao. Lions, Papagago and Hilton hotel. Best diving is at the West end. Habitat has a great dive operation. Excellent shore dives. November was the rainey season, too many mosquitoes. Off insect repellent was of no help. Three days after I returned I developed a skin infection from mosquitoe bites and developed celulitis. Foot and leg swelled to twice its normal size. I spent 6 days on IV antibiotics in the hospital and I am still on antibiotics. I sent an email to Habitat to rethink there man made lagoon which is a breeding ground and to spray more often. At breakfast we used napkins to keep the mosquitoes off our face. Off did not help, need something with deet.

I have traveled extensively to Central America and never had any thing like this. Just unluckly, but would suggest to others: 1) Use deet 2) use an alchol wipe for mosquitoe bites, scratching only drives the infection in.
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