Black Sand Beach, also known as Boca Santu Pretu & Playa Chikitu, is located inside the historic Santa Cruz Plantation where you can explore the 120 foot shipwreck of the Catherine while snorkeling or scuba diving.
Black Sand Beach is truly a one of a kind on Curacao. This secluded beach does not have white sand as most of the other beaches on Curacao and thus the name Santu Pretu. Literally this means Black Sand. Since the road to Boka Santu Pretu is closed, it is deserted most of the time.
The Black Sand Wreck is lying upside down in 20 feet of water and surrounded by colonies of Garden eels with nicely encrusted brain corals and sponges. The wreck is split in 2 and lies upside down with small areas that can be explored.
Divers proceed across the sandy plateau after the wreck to finish the dive on the northern part of Mushroom Forest.
While in this area, The Blue Room is a highly recommended location to snorkel or off gas before your next dive.
We like to think there is no place in the world offering such great shore dives, boat dives or opportunities to enjoy the beauty of sea’s nature while snorkeling. But honestly, as you could imagine, we are a little biased. So, we have compiled the Top 10 Reasons to Dive Curacao from an international list of travel writers, bloggers and media outlets to help us out and provide you with a fantastic overview of our beautiful island, located in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.