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Dive Review of Habitat Curacao in

Habitat Curacao, Jan, 2006,

by Ivan Jasper, MT, USA . Report 2372.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Habitat Curacao is a magical place. From the first sight of it pulling into the parking lot it offered an invitation of relaxation and serenity that I have not experienced anywhere else. It is not glitzy and there is little nightlife, but is isolated in a gated community on a lesser developed part of the island with little or no traffic noise. The staff was very friendly and accomidating, the grounds are neat and not artifically manacured. The rooms are small but certainly comfortable and offer a private deck or patio. All with the intangible feeling of being in one of the most comfortable places on earth. We paid for a week's car rental but hardly drove it because we didn't want to leave, and the resort offers a free shuttle to downtown. 8 days was not enough, I will be going back.

Do bring mosquito repellant, but this was only a minor nuisance. There is a limited selection at the restaraunt so you may want to hit the grocery store and use the in room facilities. And don't be in a big hurry, it is truly island time. Prices were $6-10 for lunch and 7-20 for dinner. The breakfast buffet was $9.50(!!), may want to supply your own pastries.

The diving was good, but not extraordinary, and you may be disappointed if you expect the shore diving of Bonaire. There was noticeable coral disease at many sites but I was told it is recovering. Lots of butterflys, snappers parrotfish, flounder, eels, and even some octopus. No tarpon or sharks. Dive First Encounter if given the opportunity. I would sign up the day before for the morning two tank boat dive and shore dive at the resort in the afternoon. There was no need to exceed 40 or 50' on most dives, even if the site offered 70+, and most offered lots of little critters and good photos in 20-30', making it excellent for inexperienced divers. The divemasters were professional, friendly and funny. Diving is unlimited 24 hours a day. I am rescue certified and was allowed to dive solo. Grab some tanks, and as they said at the shop, "there's the ocean, go dive."

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bonaire / Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 76-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very accomidating, lead tours that you may follow or choose your own. Never forced to dive with someone that you didn't want to. Surface in 1 hour or 500 psi, whichever is first. Enforced the no touch rule. Divers are treated as responsible adults.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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
UW Photo Comments Separate fresh water camera tank on the dive boats, altough too small for large double strobe setups. Crew waits for you to enter and then hands your camera to you. Can't speak about film facilities but the dive shop allowed me to check digital photos free of charge. Lots of macro subjects in shallow water with good light.
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