In the heart of the Caribbean, where turquoise waters meet vibrant coral reefs, Curaçao stands as a beacon for scuba diving enthusiasts. This year marked a significant milestone for Scuba Holidays (Squba Holidays Inc.), Canada’s pioneering scuba diving travel company, as they celebrated their 40th year in the industry. To commemorate this achievement, Scuba Holidays organized a group trip to Curaçao, the destination that kickstarted their journey into specialized dive travel four decades ago.

The Genesis of Scuba Holidays and Curaçao

In the ever-evolving world of scuba diving travel, Scuba Holidays has been a trailblazer. Forty years ago, they set a precedent by becoming the first Canadian Dive Travel Company to conduct a specialized dive familiarization (FAM) trip to Curaçao. This groundbreaking initiative, supported by the Curaçao Tourist Board, laid the foundation for the company’s commitment to providing unique and immersive experiences for Canadian divers.

The Grand Celebration: 40 Years of Excellence

In November of this year, Scuba Holidays returned to Curaçao, accompanied by 28 guests. The group included both divers and non-divers to celebrate their remarkable journey. The chosen accommodation for this jubilant occasion was the picturesque LionsDive Beach Resort, a tranquil haven nestled on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. The resort’s commitment to providing a seamless blend of luxury and natural beauty made it an ideal base for the festivities.

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Exploring the Depths: Diving Adventures with Ocean Encounters

The focal point of the trip was the exploration of Curaçao’s underwater wonders. Scuba Holidays, in collaboration with Ocean Encounters, organized six days of exhilarating 2-tank boat dives and captivating shore dives. Ocean Encounters, a renowned dive operation on the island, provided the perfect platform for divers to discover the vibrant marine life, expansive coral gardens, and captivating underwater landscapes that Curaçao is famous for.


Curaçao: Premier Caribbean Dive Destination

Scuba Holidays acknowledges Curaçao as one of the best overall scuba diving destinations in the Caribbean. The island’s crystal-clear waters, diverse marine ecosystems, and fascinating dive sites make it a haven for enthusiasts seeking unparalleled underwater experiences. Moreover, Curaçao’s commitment to sustainable dive tourism aligns with Scuba Holidays’ dedication to responsible travel practices, ensuring the preservation of the underwater environment for future generations of divers.


Partnership for Success: Dive Travel Curaçao and Scuba Holidays

Scuba Holidays has cultivated a lasting partnership with Dive Travel Curaçao to provide on-island logistical support for their trips. This collaboration has been instrumental in ensuring smooth operations, from accommodation arrangements to dive logistics, allowing Scuba Holidays to focus on delivering unforgettable experiences to their guests. The synergy between the two entities underscores the commitment to promoting Curaçao as a top-notch diving destination.


Scuba Holidays: 40th Anniversary Group Dive Vacation to Curaçao
40th Anniversary Dive Group Trip, photo courtesy of Ocean Encounters

Scuba Holidays thanks their Curaçao Partners

The success of the 40th-anniversary trip would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of LionsDive Beach Resort, Ocean Encounters, and Dive Travel Curaçao. The management and staff of LionsDive Beach Resort went above and beyond to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for the group. Ocean Encounters’ professional dive team provided expert guidance, ensuring every dive was a memorable adventure. Dive Travel Curaçao’s logistical support was instrumental in the seamless execution of the entire trip. A heartfelt thank you is extended to these key partners for their invaluable contributions to the success of the celebration.


Reflecting on a 40 Year Journey

As Scuba Holidays reflects on its 40-year journey in the scuba diving travel industry, they extend an invitation to fellow diving enthusiasts to consider Curaçao for their next diving vacation. With its stunning underwater landscapes, commitment to sustainability, and world-class dive facilities, Curaçao stands out as one of the best overall dive vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Contact Mike or Kem (Reservations Team at SH) to discover the unparalleled beauty that awaits beneath the waves of Curaçao’s azure waters.



It’s Time to Dive Curaçao

Scuba Holidays’ 40th-anniversary trip to Curaçao not only celebrated the company’s rich history but also showcased the enduring allure of this Caribbean gem as a scuba diving haven. The collaboration with LionsDive Beach Resort, Ocean Encounters, and Dive Travel Curaçao exemplified the spirit of partnership that has been integral to Scuba Holidays’ success. As the group looks ahead to the future, they invite all divers to explore the wonders of Curaçao, a destination that continues to captivate the hearts of those who seek adventure beneath the waves.


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