Boat Dive Curaçao Diving and Snorkeling Guide

Duane’s Release

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat
  • Snorkel Site: No
  • 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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The story about Duane’s Release

The story behind the name is about a diver named Duane Hendrix who loved diving, touched many lives, but died an untimely death in 2004 at the age of 21.

An avid diver and traveler, Duane loved the Caribbean and wanted his ashes spread in the ocean where he would travel the entire world. Friends at a West End dive shop listened and did one better: they found a unique unnamed site and put in a mooring ball, registering it as an official dive site in 2005. Family and friends made it sacred by releasing his ashes there. A memorial plaque sits by the mooring pin, although slowly being covered by sand and coral.  Family and friends clean it periodically, knowing one day it will be reclaimed by the sea.

About the Area around Duane’s Release

Landhuis San Nicolas is a private estate located on the West side of the island with 3 private beaches. Situated on a hill, it offers stunning panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Santa Martha Bay. The pristine natural surroundings of this 300-acre former plantation make it a unique setting.

About Curaçao

Curaçao speaks to the curious explorer in us all!

Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture; Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands of the region. Its capital city, Willemstad — a UNESCO World Heritage site — with its iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop and roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping, was selected in 2013 as one of the Top 5 Cities in the Caribbean by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers.  Curaçao’s natural beauty, pristine diving and snorkeling sites are a favorite with divers and adventure seekers, and its beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition.

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