Alice in Wonderland at Playa Kalki Westpunt
Playa Kalki, nestled on the idyllic Caribbean island of Curaçao, captivates visitors with its irresistible charm and natural beauty. This pristine dive site and beach, also known as “Alice in Wonderland,” is ranked as the number one shore dive in Curaçao. It offers a unique and enchanting escape for those seeking a tranquil tropical paradise. The appeal of Playa Kalki lies in its untouched splendor—crystal-clear turquoise waters gently lap against the weathered coral sands, creating a serene oasis that beckons both locals and tourists alike.
Scuba Diving at Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland, located in the village of Westpunt Curaçao, is not just the the house reef of GO WEST Diving which is located at Playa Kalki. This incredible dive site is also considered the number one shore dive in Curaçao!
One of the distinctive features of Playa Kalki is its vibrant coral reefs, making it a haven for snorkelers and divers eager to explore the mesmerizing underwater world. The marine life, adorned with a kaleidoscope of colors, adds to the allure of this secluded gem.
As you descend you literally feel yourself getting smaller and smaller as the hard coral formations rise up to become larger and larger, growing in some cases over 60 feet/18m in height encompassing a host of hiding places for the unusual characters we have in our story like the pair of resident frogfish and octopus!
Of course, we regularly see Hawksbill Turtles, Eagle Rays, large schools of Boga’s being hunted by Yellow Fin Tuna and so on… but really the attraction of Alice in Wonderland is the beautiful coral formations and all that hides within!!
The key, to diving this top 10 dive and snorkel site, is to dive it slow because you will be amazed at extreme biodiversity and the large amount of macro life you will find!
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Shore diving site
- Snorkel Site: Yes
- Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
- Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)
- Please dive responsibly in Curaçao.
- Explore the top 10 eco-diving tips for Curaçao.
- Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving.
- Discover essential Shore Diving Safety Tips.
- Consult GO WEST Diving for additional details & recommendations.
GO WEST Diving at Alice in Wonderland
Playa Kalki’s appeal extends beyond its breathtaking scenery, embracing a sense of tranquility that allows guests to unwind and connect with nature. Whether one seeks adventure beneath the waves or simply wishes to bask in the serenity of a paradisiacal setting, Playa Kalki stands as a testament to Curaçao’s unspoiled beauty and beckons travelers to indulge in its undeniable allure.
As mentioned above, visit GO WEST Diving at Playa Kalki to dive Alice in Wonderland. They have complete pay-for-use facilities on-site that includes shaded staging areas for tanks and gearing up, gear cleaning stations, fresh water showers, bathrooms plus a full service dive shop for any last minute shopping needs or equipment rentals.
Of course, you can rent air or nitrox tanks at GO WEST Diving too. If you do choose to rent tanks there then you will be able to take advantage of all the facilities that the dive shop offers free of charge. Now that is a deal because who wants to lug tanks around, right!
To enter the water, simply walk down the pier and take a giant stride in! It is that easy plus they have laid out a massive rope, that starts at the pier, to easily guide you to the edge of the beautiful fringing reef and back.
Traveler Tip: Visit the Blue Room and the Wreck of the Catherine at Black Sand Beach during one of GO WEST Diving’s afternoon snorkel trips! These afternoon snorkeling trips depart from Playa Kalki in Westpunt every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon! For more information, visit GO WEST Diving.
The Underwater Chichi Sculpture at Playa Kalki in Westpunt
Courtesy of Serena’s Art Factory, a beautiful underwater sculpture of a Chichi has been carefully placed underwater at Playa Kalki – giving you one more reason why you should dive or snorkel Alice in Wonderland!
“Chichi is the Papiamentu word for ‘big sister’. She represents the eldest daughter of the family, who binds the family together in a loving and caring way. She is a much appreciated female role model in the Caribbean community of today and a very live part of its colorful heritage.”
If you are a scuba diver, a snorkeler or just a beach lover then you owe it to yourself to visit to the underwater Chichi sculpture at Playa Kalki in Westpunt!
About Westpunt Curaçao
Westpunt Curaçao, lures with pristine beaches, clear waters, and vibrant marine life. Rugged cliffs frame tranquil beauty, ideal for serenity seekers. Divers explore colorful coral reefs and encounter diverse marine species, including enchanting sea turtles. Westpunt’s sunsets, painting vibrant skies, provide a perfect conclusion to days of exploration and relaxation. Whether for adventure or peaceful escape, Westpunt captures Curaçao’s natural splendor, an irresistible destination.