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Blue Bay Garden

The Garden at Blue Bay Curacao

Get to know Blue Bay Garden, a beautiful underwater world just a few fin kicks away from one of Curaçao’s most beloved beaches. When you walk into the ocean’s clear water and take a look at the numerous colorful fish, you will immediately realize why scuba diving or snorkeling at Blue Bay Garden is so popular.

Enjoy the house reef, ‘The Wall‘ and ‘The Garden’ where you will be impressed by turtles, barracudas and numerous other fish species.

Traveler Beach Tip:  Hungry for a really well-made club sandwich for lunch? Or, for dinner, a lovely pasta with fresh fish or a juicy tenderloin from the grill? Blue Bay Beach Restaurant is perfect for every occasion.

The extensive menu offers something for everyone, including elegant specialties with a Mediterranean touch.

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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Diving, Snorkeling and Sailing at Blue Bay Curacao

At Blue Bay Beach you will find the Dive & Beach Store. The shop offers bathing suits, beach products, as well as diving and snorkeling gear (also for rent). The fully certified dive shop is 5-star PADI IDC Center that offers almost all PADI courses where you can start as a beginner in the ‘open water course’, or explore yet new possibilities as an experienced diver by taking specialty, technical or professional courses.

Learn to Dive

If diving is new to you, you may enroll in an ‘introduction-dive’ and be able to explore the beautiful underwater world. Kids may participate in a ‘bubble maker course’.

If you don’t want to scuba dive, you may still enjoy the wonders of the ocean beneath the surface. Just a pair of diving glasses and a snorkel you will be amazed by the variety of the underwater life, even within the sheltered bay area. Snorkel sets are for hire at the dive shop.

Blue Bay Curacao History

Understandably, many think that the name of Blue Bay Curaçao was chosen because of the striking blue water in the bay. The truth is that this beautiful part of Curaçao was already named ‘Blaauwbaai’, after Anno Blaauw, the owner at the time. He grew limes, oranges and – to make the name even more appropriate – the blue pigment indigo.

Over the years, the plantation has had its share of different owners. In 1800, it was occupied and plundered by French pirates. In the 20th century, it became the property of the Jacobs family, who used it as a farm. During the Second World War, American soldiers manned cannons at Blue Bay to shoot at German submarines.

The master plan of Blue Bay Resort dates back to 1990, when a local development group purchased the plantation from the Jacobs family and built the first infrastructure. In 1997, developer Steve Raspoort saw the area’s enormous potential. Step by step, he established a thriving resort and golf course. Steve Raspoort passed away in 2007, but his family continued realizing his dream to create a welcoming place where life is enjoyed to the fullest. Blue Bay has since grown to become a household name on Curaçao and in the Caribbean.

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