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Klein Curacao

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  • Dive Type: Boat
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Drift (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

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 Netherlands has designated Klein Curaçao as its 55th Wetland of International Importance. The Site (Ramsar Site no. 2355) consists of the small, uninhabited island and the surrounding sea.

Klein Curacao is also part of a Sea Turtle Protection Initiative by Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao (STCC).

Isla Klein Curacao – Brief History

It is not know exactly when Klein Curacao was first discovered. Officially it was first put on the map in 1871 by a British mining engineer named John Godden. Godden discovered that there was a rich amount of phosphate on the island, left behind by wild birds that used Klein Curacao as their breeding ground. In these days, phosphate was in popular demand being used in Europe as an ingredient for cattle food and fertilizer. In fifteen year’s time over ninety tons of phosphate was harvested and exported to Europe. This lead to major changes in Klein Curacao’s landscape, leaving it a barren and uninhabitable island.

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