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Stella Maris Shipwreck

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Shore
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 20 -120ft (6-36m)

Special Notes

Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving. Consult the onsite and recommended Curaçao Dive Operator, Ocean Encounters for additional details & recommendations.

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The Shipwreck of the Stella Maris

Explore the wreck of the Stella Maris today!

At approximately 450 feet (137 m), the shipwreck of the Stella Maris has been resting quietly on the seafloor for over three decades.  This 300 foot (90 m) freighter was seized in late 80’s by Curaçao Authorities because it was smuggling drugs.  Somewhat later it was sold for 1 guilder ($0.56 USD) with the intention to place it carefully on a deep water plateau in front of LionsDive Beach Resort as a new artificial reef.

Sadly, the sinking of the Stella Maris did not go as planned and it completely missed the intended deep water plateau at approximately 180 feet.  Instead, the Stella Maris slid over the top of a wall located at 260 feet and now rests on its starboard side on a deeper plateau that starts at approximately 430 feet at the bottom of the bow to 465 feet at the bottom of the stern.

Curacao Submarine Adventure Worth Exploring

Exploring the shipwreck of the Stella Maris with Substation Curaçao aboard the Curasub, is a Curacao submarine adventure worth exploring where you will have an opportunity to dive into a world that only a handful of people have ventured before.

“After I release the ballast air, your journey will start with a slow & even descent along the sloping drop offs around the Ocean Lens Curaçao located here at Shipwreck Point.  The beauty of these incredible dives is the kaleidoscope of color & the unexpected variety of life that you will encounter well beyond the recreational scuba diving limits.  It is another world that exists on these deep reefs and this is your chance for a trip into an inner space to observe an incredible world only a few know.  Truly, it is another world of life, wonder and amazement.” says Bruce Brandt, head Engineer and Pilot

When you are on Curaçao next, stop by Substation Curacao, consider this Curacao adventure to turn your dreams into a reality too by becoming a Deep-Sea Explorer aboard the Curasub. It is a bucket list experience that you will not soon forget!

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Bow of the Stella Maris Shipwreck at 406 feet, Photo courtesy of Substation Curacao and UBoat Worx
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Stern of the Stella Maris Shipwreck, Photo courtesy of Substation Curacao
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Stella Maris is lying on its Starboard side, photo courtesy of Substation Curacao

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Protecting what we love at Stella Maris

About LionsDive Beach Resort

Located on the beautiful dive and snorkel site of the Stella Maris, there is simply no better place to start off your idyllic Curaçao vacation than at LionsDive Beach Resort. With a cozy, casual atmosphere set amidst a stunning tropical location, whether you’re a beach-lover or an active traveller, it’s the perfect resort for everyone.

Whether you are travelling alone, as a romantic couple, or with family and friends, the resort offers a range of rooms including: standard hotel rooms with garden views and sea views; 2-bedroom apartments around the 50-meter pool; luxurious suites with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea; and for our truly discerning guests, we offer a luxurious 200m² penthouse!

LionsDive Beach Resort is built with a typical Dutch-Caribbean style. Located directly on the beach, the 2 and 3 story buildings are all surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with the water’s edge only footsteps away from your room.

With our warm friendly Caribbean hospitality, amazing service is our #1 priority. Our attentive staff is always there for your every need so that you can have a wonderful vacation. Relax on our shaded private beach, train in our 50-meter sports pool, enjoy the wellness options or take a relaxing stroll to the adjacent Mambo Beach Boulevard. At any one of our 4 bars/restaurants you can enjoy a cool drink or a tasty lunch or dinner.

Sustainable Tourism in Action

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Together as a community here on Curaçao, we are restoring our shallow water reef system while educating our youth about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural ecosystem.

Mambo Beach Boulevard – perfect place for an after dive social

Mambo Beach Boulevard has more of the ambiance of a beach party than that of a conventional shopping mall. It features some 50 restaurants, bars and stores, including souvenir retailers and boutiques selling swimwear (as well as everything else you might need for a day in the sun). There are also water-sports operators, and your time browsing can be broken up by some time on the beach. There’s even a nightclub with a schedule of live performances that keeps the energy going into the afternoon and evening.

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The natural place to stay for your perfect Curaçao dive vacation! 

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