Caribbean Diving Holidays Curaçao Diving and Snorkeling Guide

Jan Thiel Bay

Jan Thiel Beach at Jan Thiel Bay

Jan Thiel Bay is a typical Curacao diving and snorkeling site and the house reef of Dive Center Scuba Do. At the start of the dive you will find a sandy plateau that tapers off to a beautiful sloping drop off and a wonderful fringing reef system. Access is easy to get in and out of the water but the best treat might be at the end of the dive where you will encounter a curious school of squid looking directly into your eyes.

Outside of the Jan Thiel Bay, you will find a beautiful reef with steep slopes. The reef has a lot of corals and fishes. Very often you will see turtles.

The reef is hilly and slopes down gently. You find a big variety of hard and soft corals, donkey dung sea cucumbers and long spined black sea urchins. Inside the bay, lies the Strea – a wreck of a sailing boat which is a very nice ending to your dive or snorkeling experience.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Shore / Boat
  • 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 the onsite Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details & recommendations.

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It all happens at Jan Thiel Beach

Dreaming of sun, sea, shopping and entertainment? Jan Thiel Beach Curaçao is the place to be! Relax with an ice cold cocktail, let our chefs surprise you and discover a world of entertainment and sports possibilities at the beach.

This is the house reef of Scuba Do, a Project AWARE Adopt A Dive Site.

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Sail to Klein Curacao from Jan Thiel Bay

“The best beach isn’t on Curacao at all, it’s on Klein Curacao, an uninhabited cay a few miles off the southeastern coast.” – Lonely Planet, Travelbook.

Surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, Klein Curacao is a sunlit pearl in the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Curacao. This uninhabited island is about an 1,5-hour boat ride away from Curacao and holds an intriguing history, mystery and beauty on just 1.7 square kilometers! Explorers, sunbathing enthusiasts, snorkelers and divers will all really enjoy a trip to diverse Klein Curacao!

Sail with BlueFinn Charters to Klein Curacao

Jump on board the BlueFinn, a beautiful 75 foot Catamaran and sail to the deserted Caribbean island of Klein Curaçao! Just imagine yourself on this uninhabited island in the middle of the Caribbean sea with a pearl white beach stretching along the western shoreline.

Step a board and join the sailing trip to Klein Curacao (Little Curacao). Departure is at 8:30 AM and the sailing trip will take approximately one hour and 45 minutes, depending on weather conditions.

Once at the island, you can dive in or snorkel in the crystal clear waters or explore the island that includes a lighthouse, shipwrecks plus the incredible natural beauty and wildlife.

BlueFinn will hoist their sails at 3:00 PM, to ride on the easterly trade winds, for a relaxing sail back to the mainland of Curaçao and to arrive at Jan Thiel Bay around 5:00pm.

Traveler Tip:  We would encourage you to explore the topside treasures of the Klein Curaçao.  A wonderful path will lead you toward the west side of the island where you will first encounter the lighthouse that dates to 1913 and then on to the shipwrecks of the famous oil tanker ‘Maria Bianca Guidesman’, the German freighter called “Magdalena”, and the most recent wreck of the French yacht called “Tchao”.

Click here to read more about Klein Curaçao from our virtual postcard series!

Chogogo Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao at Jan Thiel Bay

An island to dream away, discover the paradise of the Caribbean

Pearl white beaches, the azure blue sea and a cooling summer breeze: Curaçao is one of the most special places on earth. Because of its mix of European and African influences, history, culture and many land and water activities, the island is the ideal destination for a versatile holiday.

On the south coast of the island, between the hills of Jan Thiel Bay, lies a hidden gem: the Chogogo resort. The Chogogo Resort consists of cozy 4-star bungalows, apartments and studios in colorful Caribbean style. All the beauty of an island in the Caribbean is within reach: sun, sea, coziness and delicious food. What else could you want?

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