Playa Largu at the San Juan Plantation
Playa Largu is the first dive site from the east on the San Juan Plantation. As the name says in Papiamentu, the local language of the island, this is a “long” beach. But, beach is maybe not the correct word because there is hardly any sand here as area is covered with coral rubble.
Find a spot where you can easily enter the water. We found one close to the eastern side of the beach. You can easily recognize such a spot because the water is clear and you can see if there is any coral blocking your entrance. This is a beach where the coral comes very close to the shore.
You can go left and right depending on the current (if any). On our first dive here we went to the right. The drop-off is close to shore so you don’t have to swim far to reach it. And although the next dive site, Playa Shon Mosa, is just around the corner, the drop-off is steeper than on that site. The slope is around 45 degrees. The coral density is not very high although well above 50%. There are sandy patches in-between and it becomes more and more sandy below 30 meters. Also above 10 meters it looks as if you are looking at an underwater beach. The sand that is missing on shore is here.
There is a great variety of sponges. Elephant Ear sponges, large Touch-me-not sponges, Tube and Stove-Pipe sponges, Barrel sponges, Vase sponges, several types of Encrusting sponges and large Rope sponges. So if you like sponges this is definitely a place to go.
On the shoulder of the reef there are large amounts of soft coral. So all in all this is a very nice dive site. Quiet and maybe for that reason unspoiled.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Shore
- Snorkel Site: Yes
- Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
- Depth: 0 -120ft (0 – 36m)
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.