Cornelius Bay, located in the area of Bapor Kibra, is nestled into beautiful undeveloped bay next to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park between Shipwreck Point and Saba… and this is one of the reasons why sites like this are so special!
These “boat dive only” reefs have remained unchanged for more than 50 years because they are found in the remote areas of the Curaçao Marine Park along the southeastern side of the island.
This area, around Cornelius Bay, has long been a part of maritime history; however, not much can be found today of the wreckage that this area is famous for. As in most of Curacao, within a hundred yards or less from shore, the sea floor drops deeply to sloping walls of coral, limestone, and volcanic rock.
Large coral colonies and coral species currently listed as threatened in the wider Caribbean can still be found in large numbers at these remote locations plus interesting sea life such as Sea horses. Look for them around the many gorgonians along the wall.
About the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park
According to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium, back in the early 80’s, Adrian “Dutch” Schrier dreamed of bringing his passion for the sea closer to the general public. Equipped with acute insight and specialized knowledge, Dutch became very aware that the rare beauty and health of the Caribbean Sea surrounding Curaçao would not last forever if public education about the underwater world was not easily accessible and reasonably affordable. In 1984, Dutch founded the Curaçao Sea Aquarium and now, 35 years later, it has evolved into the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park which is one of the most unique examples of marine education and tourism facilities in the Caribbean.