Often this spectacular dive becomes a drift dive where you literally “fly” east from Smokey’s and end with an amazing finish at Kathy’s Paradise.
These immaculate Curacao dive locations with large dense corals overhangs lead to sharp drop offs, and this coupled with great visibility provide you with a 360-degree experience that will leave you wanting more upon surfacing! Sharks and stingrays are often seen here too.
How did Kathy’s Paradise and Smokeys get their names?
Before Ocean Encounters became Ocean Encounters, the Dive Operator used to be named Underwater Curaçao, and believe it or not, part of the Peter Hughes Diving group who hired this charismatic guy called Chris Richards (who is now the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park Manager by the way) to operate this growing Curaçao concern!
So… back to these dive sites and how they got named!
Kathy’s Paradise – “A diver named Kathy was on one of our first trips to the nameless site. As an avid u/w she was crazy about it. When she asked the name for her logbook…I said..you tell me? “
Smokeys – “On one of our first dives at Smokey. The barrel sponges were all spawning. Looked like smoke out of chimneys!”
Thanks Chris! And that is how it gets done – simple and to the point just like these incredibly beautiful must do dive sites!
Why Dive Curaçao?
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.