The Blue Room is an essential Curacao experience that is now one of the coolest and most talked about experiences in the entire Caribbean.
Located next to Mushroom Forest at the end of a one kilometer stretch of land in the Santa Cruz area of Banda Abou, you will find a small opening at water level that could be passed by easily without thinking too much about it.
This is the perfect place for off-gassing between dives or a snorkel trip and it is located next to Mushroom Forest.
But the story of the Blue Room begins not as a dive site. It originally appealed to antsy divers as a perfect place to go off-gas between scuba forays into the nearby Mushroom Forest and is easily explored by snorkelers and once you duck under the narrow opening, the small cavern opens-up to an air-filled chamber, complete with tiny bats. Only about 20-feet deep, it was a perfect jaunt between dives, and a good breath could take almost anyone to the bottom.
Once you start to talk about light, magic, and wonder – soon you’ve got professional photographers asking about it. This was the moment that a tiny, air-ﬁlled chamber mostly enjoyed by snorkelers between dives, went from a West End novelty to a West End must-dive. Underwater photographers discovered the Blue Room. The ﬁrst famous name to capture the Blue Room was world acclaimed wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum back in 2006 while on a photo expedition with then Sport Diver Editor, Ty Sawyer. Amos Nachoum is a light wrangler and the Blue Room was nirvana for the Photographer, Explorer, and Conservationist. No big animals, but big experience in an intimate space. And, if you ask him today, he’ll list The Blue Room among his favorite dive experiences in the Caribbean, not just Curaçao. He described the light inside as “perfect” according to Ty.
And, in the late days of August through September, The Blue Room ﬁlls with silversides, which light up the cavern as they move and ﬂow like mercury.
Now, more than just an afterthought, this is an essential Curaçao experience. And, that light, unforgettable.