Habitat Curacao is one of the most prestigious and ecologically conscious scuba diving resorts on the island. It is located on a private estate along a pristine and secluded area of beaches about fifteen miles northwest of the capital city of Willemstad. Like virtually all of the resorts on the island, it will offer much more than diving. However, it is the quality of a Habitat Curacao dive that sets this property apart.
A rewarding and unique Habitat Curacao dive can be had here 24 hours a day. The property is the proud possessor of what it calls its house reef—a stunning formation of beautiful coral located right off the resort’s dock, which has a guide rope leading you down to 90 feet below the surface. If you’re a certified diver, you can access this throughout the night. Additionally, a Habitat Curacao dive operator can take you to more than 35 of the best dive sites on the island within a short boat ride away. There are offshore reefs here that stretch all the way from the far northern tip of the island, where Playa Kalki is located, to the south and Cas Abao Beach and Playa Porto Mari that are both within walking distance. All of these beaches are home to some of the best dive sites on the island, and are all quite accessible.
In between Habitat Curacao dive adventures, the resort provides plenty of facilities and activities, and works to make all the other things to do on the island accessible. There is a complimentary shuttle bus, departing for Willemstad (about a 25-minute drive away) twice a day. This is a good option if you’re just leaving for day tours of the city or on an excursion for some shopping. However, if you really want to get out on your own to explore, Habitat Curacao Resort suggests you consider car rentals that give you the most flexibility and independence. The front desk can assist you with a car as well as mopeds and mountain bikes.
The part of the island around Habitat Curacao Resort is full of history and natural beauty. A short drive takes you to the village of Willibrordus, with its lovely old church, and the countryside here is dotted with historic plantations and plantation mansions. One of these, the Jan Kok Landhuis (dating to 1650), now houses the art gallery of a respected island artist. There is also a flamingo sanctuary nearby.
The grounds of the Habitat Curacao Resort are beautiful, with lush gardens full of delightful hummingbirds, butterflies, parrots, and colorful tropical flowers. This is a perfect place for relaxing and romantic strolls. If you are a bit more ambitious, there are numerous hiking trails. There is a casual restaurant for dining with fabulous views of the sea, a bar and lounge, and beautiful infinity swimming pool.
The property has both ocean and garden view rooms, some of which have small kitchenettes. Additionally, Habitat Curacao is one of the island’s resorts that offers villas. These are two-bedroom lanais that are excellent for small groups and family vacations. Each has a fully equipped kitchenette, separate living area, and outdoor patio. For even longer term vacation rentals, the Habitat is affiliated with the nearby planned community of Coral Estate, which has much larger villas that accommodate groups as large as six people.