Barracuda Point near Sandals Royal Curaçao
Barracuda Point is loved by wide-angle photographers because of its beautiful coral fields. The dive site is also ideal for a drift dive to Small Wall or Director’s Bay. Let the current take you along the reef while the coral fields pass you by. The reef gradually descends to 15 meters, before descending more steeply.
Locally this dive site is referred to as Punt’i Piku and it is located within the boundaries of Curacao’s Marine Park and slightly east, across the channel from new all-inclusive Sandals Royal Curaçao, near the mouth of Spanish Water.
This is a favorite Curacao dive site covered in dense coral formations, gorgonians and boulder corals. Turtles are spotted often on this dive site, as well as jacks and barracudas.
How to Dive at Barracuda Point
When on a dive vacation in Curacao – you will quickly realize that one day of diving our beautiful reefs will not be enough! That’s why Ocean Encounters offers you multi-day boat diving packages to ensure you can make the most out of your Curacao diving holiday – because the more you dive, the more you save!
Ocean Encounters has Barracuda Point on their weekly boat diving schedule and we highly recommend you to consider adding a dive package with guaranteed boat departures every day for two dives along the south-eastern coastline – we are sure you will surface wanting more! Dive in and start exploring the endless possibilities including “Sleep and Dive Packages” at the best dive resorts in Curacao!
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Boat
- Snorkel Site: No
- Experience Level: Drift / Advanced (Min)
- Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)
Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving. Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details & recommendations.
Location of Barracuda Point
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History of Caracasbaai – the Home of Barracuda Point
Caracasbaai is a designated nature preserve with many historic landmarks of Curaçao.
As the local story goes, it is said that the late Queen Juliana, who was invited to Director’s Bay, was so afraid of fish that the Royal Dutch Shell Group caged in a section of the bay for her, to increase her enjoyment and ultimately to ease her mind so that she could relax. But you know, that’s just the story. The fact is that starting in the early 1900’s until departing in 1985, the Directors of the Royal Dutch Shell Group and the Dutch Royal family used this bay exclusively and it was considered private. Now, the beach and surrounding area are open for public use.
Built in 1882, Quarantine House functioned as one of the parts of the quarantine station at the fortress of Fort Beekenburg. Healthy seamen coming of disease carrying ships were quarantined here for forty days. This lasted until 1925 and nowadays this beautiful house with a splendid view over the Caribbean Sea is in severe disrepair.
Fort Beekenburg was built to defend the Spanish Water in 1703. It was at that time one of the few places where one could easily go from sea to land. The Fort has proven his service, several times, the fort kept the British and pirates out of Curacao. The fort was built with stones from the Walloon region, that is because the stones were used as ballast in the ships.