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The Ultimate Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure

The Suit Ocean Team leads the Ultimate Curacao Snorkeling Adventure

Snorkeling and scuba diving in Curacao is a dream for anyone who loves the combination of amazing beaches and the mind blowing biodiversity that exists along 104 square kilometers of its fringing coral reefs. So if you are interested in the ultimate Caribbean snorkeling adventure then keep reading as The Suit Ocean Team takes you on a one hundred kilometer snorkeling tour of Curacao’s southern shoreline.

As passionate residents of our Dutch Caribbean Island, we must congratulate The Suit Ocean Team for creating more awareness about the importance of protecting our beautiful fringing reef systems in Curacao.

The film, Curacao Underwater Kunuku (Kunuku is Papiamento for Garden), not only documents this ultimate snorkeling adventure showing you how easy it is for everyone to access and enjoy a snorkel or diving experience, but it also showcases the interaction between man and nature, highlighting the beauty of underwater life while promoting conservation, preservation and the need to protect these vital habitats.

These are the key ingredients to this beautiful short film documentary. Watch NOW and please enjoy our “CURACAO UNDERWATER KUNUKU”.

This film, produced by the Lawrence Mensa Foundation (LMF), is also available in multiple languages including: Spanish, Papiamentu, Dutch, Portuguese and German

“Diving and Snorkeling in Curaçao is a million dollar experience, we invite you to come feel it for yourself!” says, Former Prime Minister of Curacao, Mr. Eugène Rhuggenaath.

The Ultimate 8 Day Snorkeling Adventure

The Suit Ocean Team represented a large group of volunteers, businesses and institutions who love Curacao and wanted to make a tangible contribution to promote the accessible beauty of Curacao’s fringing coral reefs while underlining the need to conserve, preserve and to protect these delicate eco-systems.

As mentioned earlier, The Suit Ocean Team snorkeled approximately 100 kilometers while filming Curacao’s beautiful underwater kunuku over an eight day period.

East to West Snorkeling Route

The objective of the Lawrence Mensa Foundation was to produce a very unique and special documentary about Curaçao’s underwater world with emphasis on the fact that Curacao is a World Class Destination located in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.

Since the premier, it has also served to highlight the plentiful marine biodiversity is not only attractive and available to scuba divers, but also accessible to swimmers and snorkelers equipped with a simple mask and snorkel.

Another benefit derived from this documentary has been the applied value for local education and for scientific research purposes.

Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure in Curacao's Underwater Garden
The 8 Day Curacao Snorkeling Route of the Suit Ocean Team

Aside from easily viewing this short documentary on The Suit Ocean Team’s YouTube channel, many tourists and locals alike visit the Curacao Sea Aquarium where they are provided a short presentation by Chris Richards (the narrator of the English version) and are able to comfortably watch the entire documentary in the Curacao Dolphin Academy theatre.

Relive the Ultimate Curacao Snorkeling Adventure

Impressions from 8 days of snorkeling from the eastern tip of Curacao, known as Eastpoint, to the western most point, known as Watamula in Westpoint.

Day 1 Impressions: “The coral reefs at Eastpoint represent a window into the past when Caribbean reefs were healthy and vibrant everywhere. What was down there to see was magnificent and will be brought to screens for others to enjoy as well.” Discover Curacao, a coral island located in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.

Day 2 Impressions: “The world that lies just below the waterline here on Curaçao is a 360 degree kaleidoscope of colors and abundant life that keeps coming back once you immerse yourself…. where the ocean meets land. There is without a doubt; so much to see, so much to enjoy, so much to protect… and still so much to learn. This is WHY we’re filming this adventure.”

Day 3 Impressions: “The significance of the Curaçao Reef Restoration Program is that together as a community here on Curaçao, we are restoring our shallow water reef system while educating our youth about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural ecosystem,” according to Pol Bosch, Reef Renewal Curacao, who adds: “I believe programs like this help solidify a natural sustainability for future generations.”

Day 4 Impressions: “The Wederfoort Family at Boca Sami in St. Michiel joined us with with a multitude of family and friends from the neighbourhood. They welcomed The Suit Ocean Team cheering on everyone involved. Dive legend, Eric Wederfoort and his wife Yolanda really surpised us! As The Suit Ocean Team was diving and swimming along the coastline, neighbors were waving, whistling, and cheering…”

Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure in Curacao's Underwater Garden
Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure in Curacao's Underwater Garden

Day 5 Officially Marks the Half-Way Point!

“We saw things that the CARMABI Marine Research Station told us about. Truly, an undisturbed and balanced underwater life. It was oooh aahhh woowww all the way from Vaersenbaai at Kokomo Beach to Bullenbaai to Rif St Marie. We saw incredible coral reef structures, all kinds of fish, snake-eels, turtles, a ray, barracudas, and a beautiful bird soaring with the wind….”

Learn more about day 5 and the impressions from The Suit Ocean Team.

Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure in Curacao's Underwater Garden
Rif St. Marie, Coral Estate Luxury Resort

Six days ago, The Suit Ocean Team embarked on the ultimate snorkeling adventure.

Now half way to the finish point, this incredible group of Curacao citizens who volunteered their time and energy (plus the amazing private sector support/sponsorship) have been creating an awareness about the beauty and the importance to protect the fringing coral reefs that are within a fin kicks of the Curacao coastline.

Day 6 Impressions: “The serious current on certain parts of the route tested The Suit Ocean Team but of course it was no problem for them, other then slowing them down at certain stages of the day. Fish, healthy fringing reefs, turtles, variety of jellyfish, nice size groupers all kept the attention of the The Suit Ocean Team from the start until the arrival at Santa Martha Bay. But the incredibly healthy reefs is what stays in our memories! Priceless!”

Day 7 Impressions: “Kids for Corals Curaçao, a non-profit Foundation, is meant to give disadvantaged children a chance to learn the snorkeling skills and learn about the treasures we have in the waters around the island of Curacao and the importance of protecting this fragile environment.”

The Foundation gives these kids the chance to get out of their own environment and to teach them that they can be useful in the process of protecting the coral reef. The major goal of Kids for Corals is the awareness of maintaining our fragile coral reef for future generations.

For most of the kids it is the first encounter with the beautiful marine world. Most of them are amazed of what they can see under the sea level.

Day 8 Impressions: “Please respect our sea turtles and our local fishermen at Playa Piskadó. Do not touch nor feed the turtles, don’t chase after them but respect their natural environment and help us conserve this beautiful and unique experience.”

For years the local fishermen have been cleaning and selling fish at this particular beach which is also a Fisherman’s Wharf. Nowadays, Playa Piskadó has become a popular spot for our island’s visitors and snorkeling ‘with’ the turtles is in high demand.

BUT… Before you get in the water we would like to invite you to first read the signs and information made available at the beach by Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao.

Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure in Curacao's Underwater Garden
Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure in Curacao's Underwater Garden

Chris Richards joins The Suit Ocean Team

Earlier I mentioned: “Aside from easily viewing this short documentary on The Suit Curacao’s YouTube channel, many tourists and locals alike visit the Curacao Sea Aquarium where they are provided a short presentation by Chris Richards (the narrator of the English version) and are able to comfortably watch the entire documentary in the Curacao Dolphin Academy theatre” right?

Well Chris did more with The Suit Ocean Team then just narrate the English version of the documentary! He actually joined the Team to complete the final portion of this ultimate snorkeling adventure from Playa Kalki to Watamula in Westpunt.

Why is this fact special?

“A couple of years ago I became a left-above the knee amputee which put a stop to many things I actively did in the past. But, over the last two weeks, I have been following The Suit Ocean Team (via the website and social channels) closely, daydreaming about how I would have definitely joined the snorkel from East to West to help create awareness about the preservation of our underwater “backyard””, says Chris Richards

“Thanks to Curd and The SUIT Ocean Team for showing me that my disability is just a speed bump, not a road block!”

Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure in Curacao's Underwater Garden
It is a Matter of Perspective

On September 8, 2019, the horns sounded off and the shout outs signaled: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

NOW WATCH the Curacao Underwater Kunuku, a film that documents The Suit Ocean Team’s ultimate Caribbean snorkeling adventure, that shows you how easy it is for everyone to access and enjoy a snorkel or diving experience! Please, take every available opportunity to conserve, preserve and protect these vital underwater habitats for the benefit of future generations.

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Special thanks to The Suit Ocean Team and the Lawrence Mensa Foundation for the privilege of playing a small part in this amazing undertaking that continues to bring even more awareness for Curacao, our beautiful island located in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.  For all the stunning photography, special thanks to Turtle & Ray Productions HD, David Livingston and Gail Johnson Photography.

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