Beaches Curaçao Diving and Snorkeling Guide Shore Dive Snorkel


Pierbaai at Marie Pampoen

Pierbaai, located at Marie Pampoen, is a small sandy local beach with lots of fishing boats and lots of character. This is one of the best shore diving and snorkeling sites in Curacao.

With an easy beach entry and a short swim out to the drop off, you will quickly see a beautiful, lively, and healthy fringing reef filled with lots of macro life and huge variety of hard and soft corals.

Do you enjoy night diving? Then Pierbaai should be including in your dive plan because the night diving here is exception especially due to the resident octopus and schooling tarpons.

As the house reef of The Dive Bus, and a PADI AWARE Adopted Dive Site, they clear up trash on just about every dive we make and run regular dedicated monthly Adopt a Dive Site clean Up dives plus run PADI Dive Against Debris courses. Feel free to join in!

Playa Marie Pampoen is a small beach located right next Sunscape Curacao Resort, Beach and Casino. It is highly popular with locals because it is free and located near some large residential areas.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Shore
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth:  0 -120ft (0 – 36m)

Special Notes

Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving. Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details & recommendations.

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Most tourists come here for one reason though, diving!. This beach provides you with access to one of the top diving spots on Curacao which not only Pierbaai, The Dive Bus house reef, but also the very unique Car Pile.

The Dive Bus at Marie Pampoen

The Dive Bus Curacao, with a unique and simple concept of “Seriously fun shore-diving adventures”, have focused on quality instead of quantity where they provide a fun shore diving experience for small relaxed groups.

This concept not only allows for a complete personalized approach to every diver, but it also allows them to maintain a strong environmental commitment to the underwater world in partnership with the PADI AWARE Foundation.

Pierbaai is the house reef of The Dive Bus

That first, beautiful, unloved Curacao reef of Pierbaai at Marie Pampoen became The Dive Bus house reef, which is now taken care of due to monthly, if not daily clean up dives.

By working with the local fishing community for sustainable management of the marine environment, these values have become the heart of The Dive Bus Eco Policy, a cornerstone of their operation, mandating respecting, protection and giving back to the local community.

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