Black Sand Beach at Santa Cruz

Discover the mesmerizing depths of the Black Sand Wreck Dive Site, affectionately known as Santu Prétu, nestled in the heart of the Santa Cruz Plantation in Curaçao. This underwater haven invites divers to explore the mysterious remnants of a sunken vessel amid unique black sand. Immerse yourself in the rich marine life that thrives around this captivating site, as the haunting beauty of the wreckage and vibrant underwater world create an unforgettable diving experience on the vibrant island of Curaçao.

Diving and Snorkeling at Black Sand Wreck

Black Sand Beach, also known as Boca Santu Pretu & Playa Chikitu, is located inside the historic Santa Cruz Plantation where you can explore the 120 foot shipwreck of the Catherine while snorkeling or scuba diving.

Visit this truly “one of a kind” beach because Black Sand Beach is secluded and does not have white sand as most of the other beaches in Curaçao and thus the name Santu Pretu. (Literally translated, Santu Pretu means Black Sand.) Since the road to Boka Santu Pretu is closed, the beach is generally deserted.

The Wreck of the Catherine

The Catherine is lying upside down in 20 feet of water. It is surrounded by colonies of Garden eels and it nicely encrusted with brain corals and sponges. The wreck is split in 2 and lies upside down with small areas that can be explored. Proceed across the sandy plateau after the wreck to finish the dive on the northern part of Mushroom Forest.

While in this area, we highly recommend a visit to the The Blue Room to snorkel or off gas before your next dive. Truly, the Blue Room is an essential experience and a must do activity when visiting Curaçao!

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat diving / Shore diving
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 20-120ft (6-36m)

Special Notes

Curaçao Diving Guide and Interactive Map

Diving in Curaçao

We like to think there is no place in the world offering such great shore dives, boat dives or opportunities to enjoy the beauty of sea’s nature while snorkeling.​ But honestly, as you could imagine, we are a little biased.

So, we have compiled the Top 10 Reasons to Dive Curaçao from an international list of travel writers, bloggers and media outlets to help us out and provide you with a fantastic overview of our beautiful island, located in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.

Black Sand Beach Dive Site in Curaçao | Curaçao Diving Guide
Black Sand Wreck in Santa Cruz, photo by NaturePicsFilms

The Best Dive Sites on the Westside of Curaçao

The “Top Dive Sites of Eastern Curaçao” that are littered with wall dives, wreck dives, shore dives, and lush coral gardens. More importantly though, these sites have quickly become not only Curaçao icons, but also some of most sought after dives in the Caribbean. BUT there is another side to Curaçao that deserves exploring too. It is the West side, known to locals as “Banda Abou”.

So let’s dive into the Top 10 Dive Sites in Curaçao to give you a complete perspective on the world class diving that awaits you!

Location of Black Sand Beach

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