Playa Boca Sami at Boca Sami

The beach or playa at Boca Sami is situated in the village of Boca Sami, between the much smaller beaches of Blue Bay and Vaersenbaai. Vaersenbaai used to be the Curaçao Police recreational facility. It is now the popular Beach Club Kokomo Beach Curacao.

This small fishing village lies at the south end of Bullenbaai bay on the west coast of Curaçao. It is located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) to the northwest of the island’s main center, Willemstad.

Boca Sami was once defended by 2 Dutch West India Company forts. The ruins of the main fort are still visible today. These forts provided protection from French pirates and the British Navy though they were occupied by both in the 18th and early 19th Century.

Boca Sami Dive Site in Curaçao | Enjoy a bite to eat at the Niffo Huts in Boca Sami | Curaçao Diving Guide
Niffo Huts in Boca Sami, Sint Michiel, Curaçao

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling at Playa Boca Sami

The very large and shallow bay at Playa Boca Sami requires you to swim for some distance before you reach the drop-off. There is a large buoy just outside the bay where large tankers or oil platforms can moor. That means that the sea is deep enough for these ships and the buoy is attached to a large chain in the bay. This is a very good reference mark on your way back to turn into the bay.

The drop-off is about 45 degrees. In front of the bay the coral density is not very high but after 15 minutes to the right the coral density increased to about 100 percent.

Over there the coral and sponges look also healthier. The coast line is not a straight line and the reef meanders back and forth along the coast. It is a nice place to dive.

Boca Sami is also the home of Dive Wederfoort, the first dive school of Curaçao, founded in 1955 by Eric Wederfoort. Today, you can find Eric and his wife Yolanda at Wederfoort Apartments.  These are beautiful apartments on the cliffs above Snake Bay, another popular shore diving, snorkeling and beach location.

Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes

Diver Tip: As scuba divers we work up an appetite especially when shore diving all the fabulous dive sites that are available in Curacao! So, do yourself a favor, stop by The Niffo Huts in Boca Sami to devour one of the best burgers on the island!  Trust us, consuming it will make your mouth water!

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About the Local Villages

Sint Michiel and Boca Sami, two picturesque villages nestled along the southern coast of Curaçao, offer a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Sint Michiel, with its vibrant colors and charming architecture, exudes the quaint charm of a traditional Caribbean fishing village. Fishing boats bob gently in the turquoise waters, showcasing the village’s strong maritime heritage. The local fisherman’s pier is a hub of activity, where the catch of the day is brought ashore, creating a lively and authentic atmosphere.

A short drive away, Boca Sami enchants visitors with its serene coastal setting. The bay’s crystalline waters and coral reefs make it a haven for snorkelers and divers eager to explore the underwater wonders. The village’s beachfront is dotted with colorful shacks serving up delectable seafood, providing a taste of local flavors against the backdrop of stunning ocean views.

Both villages share a rich history, evident in the colonial-era architecture and the remnants of salt pans that once fueled Curaçao’s salt industry. Sint Michiel and Boca Sami invite travelers to immerse themselves in the island’s past while savoring the tranquility of coastal living, making them essential stops for those seeking an authentic and idyllic Caribbean experience.

Location of Boca Sami

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