Boat Dive Curaçao Diving and Snorkeling Guide Shore Dive

Pestbaai

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat or Shore
  • Snorkel Site: No
  • Experience Level: Advanced (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 local area near Pestbaai

Bullenbaai Development – What’s Cooking in Curaçao

Bullenbaai is a bay that covers one sixth of the length of the island’s west coast.  It extends from the lighthouse at Kaap Sint Marie in the north to the town of Sint Michiel in the south.

The historical development of Curaçao has always been closely related to the geographical location of the island and its natural harbors. The natural harbors in particular increase the strategic value of the convenient location of the island outside of the hurricane zone and on major shipping routes in the southern part of the Caribbean. Bullenbaai is among those natural harbors. It is a natural deep, broad and sheltered seaport which, in principle, is suitable for further development as a modern seaport. The deep and sheltered harbor offers potential for floating maritime businesses, such as ship-to-ship cargo transfer, dry docks for very large ships which do not fit into the existing docks and cruise ship maintenance.

Bullenbaai Oil Terminal

The Bullenbaai Oil Terminal, operated by Refineria Isla B.V. is the longest established and the largest terminal in the Caribbean with a storage capacity for crude oil, white products and bunker oil.

The uniqueness of Bullenbaai is that is has very deep waters, just a few meters from the shore line, quiet waters at the south side of the Island and Lies outside of the yearly hurricane zone.

Due to the limited entry of the Harbor of Willemstad, the Refinery cannot receive large crude oil vessels at its Emmastad jetties. These vessels are therefore discharged at the Bullenbaai Oil Terminal, stored in the large crude tanks and from the Bullenbaai Oil Terminal these crude’s are pumped through a pipeline via shore/land to be processed at the refinery.

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