In a sport where you often must charter a boat to see the best of the underwater world, Curacao is a unique shore diving haven for divers looking to take the advantage of a more leisurely schedule.
The Caribbean has no shortage of awe-inspiring views and vacation destinations, but the real majesty of this region is nestled to the west of the central Atlantic Ocean and found below the surface of her azure waves. These naturally clear turquoise waters provide ideal habitats to thousands of species of corals, fish, crabs, turtles, rays, sharks, and more which in turn attracts divers & snorkelers alike from all over the world.
One of these prime destinations in the Caribbean, that sits 43 miles (70km) off the North Coast of Venezuela, is the island of Curacao that is a southern diamond and a reward to any who are willing to make the trek.
Easy Shore Access
Curacao is laid out in a way that makes the southern side of the island almost perfect for shore diving. Thanks to the geographic location, the winds in the area come from the Northeast, meaning that almost the entire southern shoreline is protected from heavy sea winds. The lack of strong winds means that divers can get their feet wet almost any time of year, and the diving from shore is calmer and safer.
On the south side of the island, the fringing reef in most cases is within 60-feet (20m) from the shoreline which leads to incredible drop offs that allow divers to venture a little bit deeper into the aquatic wonderland. Of the seventy popular dive sites the island has available, over half of them are reachable from the shore, and nearly all these shore dive sites are clearly marked along the road way. Curaçao knows they have great shore diving, and they have gone out of their way to accommodate adventurers looking to take advantage of the matchless wonder.
Plenty of Diving
According to ShoreDiving.com, Curaçao has thirty-eight dive sites accessible by beach that have an average diver rating of 3.8 out of 5. Given the average vacation is only seven days, and you need one full day in between diving and flying home, you have six world class shore dives you can hit every single day of your trip. On top of that each site is unique, so shore diving Curacao offers no shortage of exploration opportunities.
Day and Night Adventure
For those divers who like a little more adventure, and know that some of the coolest sea life comes out at night, the abundance of shore dives on Curaçao means that you have ample opportunity to jump in the water for a moonlit night dive. The reef takes on a completely different personality at night, and offers the best night-life anywhere is the world. Rays, sharks, squid, and octopuses all await the night time diver.
Travel Tip: If you want a totally psychedelic and mind blowing experience, then you really need to try a Fluorescent night dive on Curaçao!
Committment to Safety, Quality and Sustainable Tourism
The only thing better than easy shore access, is having a knowledgeable & responsible dive operator available to take care of your every need. At a good number of the popular sites along the coast you will find a Curaçao Tourist Board approved dive shop serving that area. Part of the Curaçao Tourist Board selection is based on a strong commitment to quality, safety & sustainable tourism where many, in fact, have joined the Project AWARE “Adopt A Dive Site” Initiative, committing to conserve/protect these sites from marine debris by conducting monthly Project AWARE “Dive Against Debris” clean-ups. Use the Curacao Dive Guide and ask to see the “Curaçao Tourist Board Approved” quality check to ensure when visiting the Island, you dive with only the best!
These Dive Operators also offer dive guided services too. Whether you are a new diver, or a well saturated veteran, a dive guide is always a good decision. The Curacao Dive Guides know the area, and add an additional element of safety to your dive trips. They also know the hiding places of the critters you came to see. Shops will also have access to special types of dives and animal interactions that you will not be able to experience on your own.
So, pack your mask, fins, dive computer, certification card and your thirst for adventure as you travel to Curacao, a unique shore diving haven, because down here the only bad dive is the dive you don’t go on!