Situated at the far northwest end of Curacao, in the fishing village of Westpunt, you will find Playa Forti.
This scenic location, especially known for its incredible sunsets is worth checking out. The dive site is known as “Sweet Alice”, located roughly 35 feet below the beautiful surrounding cliffs and just a short swim out from the beach at Playa Forti. Park in the lot at the top of the cliffs and then take the stairs down to the water.
The volcanic black sand can get very hot, so don’t forget your booties. Enter at the beach and swim straight out to the drop-off, about 150 yards from shore. It is recommended to do a surface swim to conserve air for your dive and for the return trip.
Due to a good bit of boat traffic and mostly a sandy bottom, this is not a great snorkeling location. The reef starts at around 30 feet of depth and drops gradually to approximately 120 feet.
Both directions are good, depending on the current. The currents are unpredictable but generally light. The fringing reef here is in good condition – you will find Sea Whips, Sea Rods, Cup Corals and wonderful Plate Corals growing along the gentle wall. Look for plenty of Morays, Spotted Drums, Hamlets and of course, Sea Turtles!
About Westpunt, Curaçao
Westpunt is the name of the westernmost point of the island of Curaçao and is also the name of a nearby small town, the island’s northernmost settlement.
The island’s northernmost point, Watamula, that lies two kilometres to the northeast. Close by you will find the incredible coral beaches of Playa Kalki, Playa Forti, Playa Piskádo, Grote Knip and Kleine Knip.
Westpunt is known for excellent scuba diving, and is home to several shore and boat dive sites including a submerged airplane wreck and beautiful reefs. Most of tourist accommodation in Westpunt caters to scuba divers and offers excellent infrastructure such as the Kura Hulanda Lodge and All West Apartments. GO WEST Diving, is the onsite recommended Dive Operator for both of these recommended accommodation options.