Reliving Curaçao’s Most Popular Diving News from 2022

The most popular diving news from Curaçao in 2022 was dominated by incredible stories about preserving and protecting nature including the islands beautiful underwater world! But the lead story of 2022 was much like the final article published at the end of the year! Curaçao has again been voted for the 3rd year in a row, by you, as one of the best overall diving destinations in the Caribbean for 2023!

This last year has provided hope, inspiration and optimism because it clearly shows that there is a dramatic shift happening for Curaçao. Not only because Curaçao is becoming one of more sought after Caribbean dive vacation destinations either! The progressive change makers, whether they are public or private sector stakeholders, are now advancing towards sustainable and responsible solutions for our Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.  Or… at least we hope so!

So, keep reading as we dive in to relive the most popular diving news from Curaçao for 2022! We will look forward to welcoming you to Curaçao in 2023 and to share even more great news from our heart here in the Dutch Caribbean!

Curaçao is a Best Overall Dive Destination for 2022

Originally Posted: January 9, 2022

Every year, Scuba Diving Magazine asks their readers to “pool their collective knowledge by ranking a variety of categories, like destinations and operators, on a 1 to 5 scale. An independent agency collected their responses in May and June of 2021, analyzing the scores to reveal what the best places the planet has to offer for everyone from wreck divers to beginner divers, and more.”

Once again in the 29th Readers Choice Awards, our Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao in combination with Ocean Encounters was named as one of the best, and most popular, overall Caribbean Dive Destinations for 2022 ranking highly in the following categories: Best Value, Quality of Dive Operator and facilities, Underwater Photography, Macro Life, Advanced Diving, Wreck Diving, Cavern/Cave/Grotto, Shore Diving, Snorkeling, Beginner Diving, and the Health of Marine Environment.

New Budget Approved to Protect Dutch Caribbean Nature

Originally Posted: February 21, 2022

More than 35 million euros will be made available for the implementation of the Nature and Environmental Policy Plan (NEPP) in the Caribbean Netherlands. This NEPP is an ambitious program for nature and the environment that runs through 2030. In addition to the contribution for nature, the coalition agreement also includes a structural budget of 30 million euros per year to protect culture and nature in the Caribbean Netherlands. This can be used to tackle long-term issues such as wastewater treatment and waste disposal.

Dive for a Purpose with Reef Renewal Curaçao

Originally Posted: March 10, 2022

Are you wanting to make a difference and truly “Dive for a Purpose”? Whether you are a resident of Curaçao or a visiting scuba diver, we invite you to immerse yourself and to create a lasting impression for future generations by  “Diving for a Purpose” with Reef Renewal Curaçao!

Why? Because ultimately, if everyone works together to protect what we love it will lead to greater efficiencies in recovery and achieve long term sustainability for our coral reefs and marine habitats here in Curaçao.

“Significant challenges exist and must be overcome to reverse the damages that have been done to coral and fish communities. Fortunately, Curaçao is actively taking the steps to cultivate a culture that safeguards its ocean resources for the benefit its people now and into the future. It is a testament to the priorities of Curaçaons that they actively seek to know and protect their ocean to preserve their way of life.”

Curaçao is a Perfect Caribbean Vacation Destination

Originally Posted: March 10, 2022

Curaçao Travel and Caribbean Vacation Review: Curaçao is not only a tropical island with amazing white sandy beaches and palm trees. Curaçao is a perfect Dutch Caribbean travel destination that offers so much more. After spending two weeks on the island, Travander shares all of their most popular best-kept secrets, adventures and wonderful recommendations.

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With over 70 dive sites around the island, scuba diving in Curaçao is the number one thing to do and it for a good reason too!

Special thanks to Lois and Naomi, the faces behind Travander, for choosing Curaçao as their dive and vacation destination!  For more than a decade they have been traveling and discovering the most popular vacation hotspots so we are certainly appreciative that they have added Curaçao to their vacation hotspot list!

2022 promises New Nature Parks in Curaçao

Originally Posted: April 6, 2022

The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) recently highlighted some big changes and impressive achievements for Curaçao during the last Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Board Meeting.

Achievements include the declaration of a new marine park at East Point as well as the opening of two other new nature parks around the corner. Also highlighted was the recovery of vegetation and rebound of biodiversity for Christoffel Park. 2022 promises to be an exciting year for conservation on the island.

Underwater Sculptures in Curaçao

Originally Posted: April 13, 2022

Did you know that Curaçao has underwater sculptures? Another best kept secret of Curacao is the underwater sculptures located on the westside of the island. These wonderful pieces of contemporary art have come to life as artificial reefs and we highly recommend you to dive in for a visit!

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Art coming to Life! Photo courtesy of NaturePicsFilms

“The sculptures create a habitat for marine life whilst illustrating humanity’s fragility and its relationship with the marine world.”  Jason deCaires Taylor MRSS

Blue Marine Foundation launches new Dutch Caribbean Partnership

Originally Posted: May 9, 2022

Ocean conservation charity, Blue Marine Foundation, makes initial grant to marine parks on six Dutch Caribbean islands. Award will fund projects including coral protection, and training youth marine rangers.

The ocean conservation charity announced it is awarding $90,000 in funding to support marine conservation in the Dutch Caribbean. A range of projects run by protected area management organizations on six islands will each receive a grant of $15,000. The funding is the first step in a longer-term partnership to support the islands and help secure sustainable financing through the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Trust fund.

The Freedom of Diving in Curaçao

Originally Posted: June 3, 2022

Are you ready to experience unlimited diving freedom in Curaçao? Upon arriving at All West Apartments and Diving you will immediately feel a gentle “always summer” breeze that sways the palm trees against the beautiful backdrop of Westpunt Bay.

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The West side of Curaçao, known to locals as “Banda Abou”, is a diving and snorkeling paradise.

At All West Apartments you can take a deep breath, relax with your favorite beverage, and watch the most amazing sunsets in Curaçao while preparing your dive plan for the coming days. Here, you realize instantly looking past the swallow turquoise water that a blue line testifies how accessible the nearby reef edge is.

There maybe many “most popular” places like this around the world however, there is no other like All West Apartments where you have complete diving freedom while being completely off the radar!

Curaçao National Marine Park

Originally Posted: July 21, 2022

Why is it important to protect Curaçao’s marine ecosystem with a marine park?

Curaçao has an opportunity today, with a Marine Park Area, to protect the fringing reefs in Curacao by limiting the damage caused in the past and to make a difference by restoring our pristine coral reefs that are some of the best in the Caribbean.

Without a Marine Park Area, the marine life that surrounds the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao can be in great danger including the diverse economy that it supports. Whether it is tourism industry or the local fishing industry, the local economy (businesses, jobs and of course taxes) will falter if marine life vanishes.

By protecting marine areas, industry jobs can be protected which enables the local population to put food on the table. This, in and by itself, creates a prosperous yet sustainable outlook for the future.

“There is an undeniable beauty about diving in Curaçao: it is the immense and natural biodiversity. Curaçao is surrounded by more than 104 sq. km (40 sq. miles) of some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean. These healthy coral reef systems are attracting all kinds of marine life visitors, including the most popular ones too, and Curaçao is taking proactive steps to ensure they are protected for future generations.”

LionsDive is the Best Eco-Dive Resort in Curaçao

Originally Posted: August 14, 2022

As scuba divers we are inherently passionate about protecting our blue planet. We love diving vacation destinations that respect the environment so we can, repeatedly, experience spectacularly healthy coral reefs full of color and life. But we also appreciate when the most popular dive resorts and their on-site dive shops are seriously committed to evolving a “GREEN MISSION”.

At LionsDive Beach Resort Curaçao, an environmentally sustainable approach has been completely integrated into the daily resort operations and this is why they are one of the best eco-friendly dive resorts in Caribbean.

“To keep the beaches well maintained and beautiful for years to come, the resort operates a green eco-conscious mandate to offer recycling, energy and water conservation and sustainability through a variety of programs”… LionsDive Beach Resort Curacao “is aware that tourism can only survive in a world that is not only environmentally sustainable, but also economically and socially responsible.”

The Ultimate Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure

Originally Posted: September 1, 2022

Snorkeling and scuba diving in Curaçao 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 Curaçao’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 Curaçao.

The Ultimate Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure with The Suit Curaçao
Photo courtesy of Gail Johnson Photography

The film, Curaçao 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 “CURAÇAO UNDERWATER KUNUKU”.

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

Curaçao’s Leading Sustainable Dive Tourism Operators become Green Fins Members

Originally Posted: October 6, 2022

The Reef-World Foundation has launched a new online platform, the Green Fins Hub, which will assist Curaçao’s leading sustainable dive tourism operators as Green Fins Digital Members in developing best environmental practices for marine tourism.

These leading sustainable dive tourism operators (Ocean Encounters, The Dive Bus, Scubaçao and GO WEST Diving) in Curaçao have all become Green Fins Digital Members to reinforce the absolute need to create change in order to provide future generations with an opportunity for a healthy and sustainable environment, both above and below the waterline.

“Marine tourism plays an important role in Curaçao’s economy and as the industry grows, it is critical to establish practical approaches to protect the marine environment. By adopting Green Fins, dive operators are taking vital steps in ensuring Curaçao’s dive market is sustainably managed to increase corals and marine life’s resilience to wider global threats and protect the valuable marine ecosystems for future generations.”

JJ Harvey, Director at The Reef-World Foundation

Curaçao is one of the Best Dive Destinations in the Caribbean for 2023

Originally Posted: November 10, 2022

If you are thinking about planning your next Caribbean dive vacation then you should be considering the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao!

Why?  Because Curaçao was once again voted as one of the Best Overall Dive Destinations in the Caribbean and Atlantic region in Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2023 Readers Choice Awards that ranks the World’s Best Diving Destinations!

Every year, Scuba Diving Magazine asks their readers to pool their collective knowledge by ranking a variety of categories, like destinations and operators, on a 1 to 5 scale.

According to Scuba Diving Magazine, “Our survey asked readers to evaluate dive destinations they’ve traveled to in the past two years across several categories.” The top destinations were then “rated excellent by survey respondents (in order based on the number of votes and percentile of score).”

In addition to this most popular acknowledgement, Curaçao also ranked as a Top 10 Dive Destination in the following categories: Best Shore Diving, Health of Marine Environment, Best Snorkeling, Best Macro Life, Best Wreck Diving, Best Photography, Best Advanced Diving, Best Wall Diving and Best Big Animals!

Thank you for Reliving the Most Popular Dive News of 2022!

Start considering Curaçao for scuba diving vacation and we will look forward to sharing more great stories and articles in 2023! 

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