Curaçao Shore Diving
Curaçao is a unique shore diving haven for divers looking to take the advantage of a more leisurely schedule. With over 38 world class shore diving sites available, Curaçao has become a popular Caribbean shore diving destination that rivals the notorious quality of Bonaire. In fact, Curaçao is one of the best overall shore diving destinations in the Caribbean, according to the 2024 Scuba Diving Readers’ Choice Awards.
Why? Read on to start planning your next Caribbean shore diving adventure in Curaçao!
Curaçao is an Unlimited Shore Diving Haven
The Caribbean has no shortage of awe-inspiring views and vacation destinations, but the real majesty of this region is nestled to the west of the central Atlantic Ocean and found below the surface of her azure waves. These naturally clear turquoise waters provide ideal habitats to thousands of species of corals, fish, crabs, turtles, rays, sharks, and more which in turn attracts divers & snorkelers alike from all over the world.
One of these prime destinations in the Caribbean, that sits 43 miles (70km) off the North Coast of Venezuela, is the island of Curacao that is a southern diamond and a reward to any who are willing to make the trek.
Curaçao Shore Diving Safety Information
- Shore Diving Safety in Curaçao: What you need to know when planning a shore diving adventure
- Using a Surface Marker Buoy: A Guide to safe shore diving in Curaçao
Curaçao Shore Diving Packages
Shore Diving Tip: A rental car or truck can be booked quickly from the comforts of your home and can be picked up at the airport or at one of partner hotels/resorts. Save more when you combine your vehicle rental, with a Sleep, Drive and Dive package or a Drive and Dive Package, so you can have unlimited shore diving freedom.
Curaçao Shore Diving Sites
Curacao is laid out in a way that makes the southern side of the island almost perfect for shore diving. Thanks to the geographic location, the winds in the area come from the Northeast, meaning that almost the entire southern shoreline is protected from heavy sea winds. The lack of strong winds means that divers can get their feet wet almost any time of year, and the diving from shore is calmer and safer.
On the south side of the island, the fringing reef in most cases is within 60-feet (20m) from the shoreline which leads to incredible drop offs that allow divers to venture a little bit deeper into the aquatic wonderland. Of the seventy popular dive sites the island has available, over half of them are reachable from the shore.
Map of Curaçao Scuba Diving Sites
Top 10 MUST DO Shore Dive Sites
Nearly all these shore dive sites are clearly marked along the road way because Curaçao knows they have great shore diving. They have gone out of their way to accommodate adventurers, like you, looking to take advantage of the matchless wonder.
1. Playa Kalki in Westpunt
Playa Kalki in Westpunt or Alice in Wonderland is the number one shore diving site in Curaçao and it is the house reef of GO WEST Diving. There is no clear way for us to explain why this incredible Curacao dive site is the number one shore dive other than to say it is “mind-blowing”!
But we assure you that, once you get your feet wet and experience it for yourself, you will come to appreciate why!
2. Double Reef
This shore dive is aptly named as Double Reef because of the smaller, shallower reef, followed by a sandy area and a larger reef plateau, but it is the second reef holds most of the action. Take the time to look in every nook and cranny, including the sand in between the two reefs here.
In doing so, you’ll be rewarded with the crazy eyes of gobies and blennies, the bustling work of cleaner shrimp, tiny crabs, cute baby and juvenile boxfish, hiding eels, lurking lionfish and more.
3. Superior Producer
Now with roughly a half of a century of growth, the MV Superior Producer is an amazing artificial reef site and an advanced shore dive. It is home to numerous colonies and different species of corals, sponges, gorgonians and sea whips.
Because of this, it is a natural attraction for schools of predatory fish such as Tarpons, Barracudas, Snappers and Jacks.
4. Playa Porto Mari
The Valley or double reef at Playa Porto Mari is a very unique and an incredibly diverse shore dive that is easily accessible for the beautiful white sandy beach inside a sheltered bay.
You will often see fish here that are rarely spotted at other dive sites – such as pairs of cornet fish, nurse sharks and large schools of creole wrasses. Keep your eyes open for spotted eagle rays on the sandy valley floor and at the top of the reefs.
5. Famous Tugboat in Caracasbaai
The famous Curacao Tugboat wreck, located next to Directors Bay, lies in just 5 meters (15ft) of water below the steep facing cliffside leading up to the infamous Quarantine House. Purposely wrecked just a few yards offshore of Tugboat Beach, in Caracasbaai, this site is absolutely perfect for divers as well as snorkelers.
Accessing this site is easy but be prepared to be overwhelmed by a plethora of critters such as seahorses, octopus, lobsters, napping scorpion fish and the odd nudibranch if you can find it!
6. Cas Abou Beach
Cas Abao Beach, also spelled Cas Abou, has been proclaimed to be the most beautiful beach of Curacao and is also in the top 5 of most beautiful beaches of the world.
With its clear turquoise water, waving palm trees and white sandy beach, Cas Abao is a true paradise. Located at the northwest coast of Curaçao, the beach is and ideal spot for shore diving, snorkeling, and swimming because of the spectacular shallows leading to the healthy fringing reef.
7. San Juan Plantation
The main draw of the San Juan area are the beautiful and undeveloped beaches that exist on the fringes of the plantations coastline. Although many sources only refer to three beaches, there are in fact four in total.
But if love snorkeling, shore diving, hiking or just simply want to chill out on the beach, we can assure you, the San Juan Plantation is the perfect place to disappear into nature!
8. Kokomo Beach at Vaersenbaai
An easy spot to spend the day, Vaersenbaai is home to Kokomo Beach Club, where restaurant and bar, public restrooms and showers are available.
The Kokomo Beach house reef is a very nice and pretty reef dive that is easily accessible from shore.
The Car Wrecks, on the other hand, are located east of the Kokomo Beach house reef. Divers wishing to independently shore dive this site should check in with the on-site dive shop and be prepared for a bit of a surface swim.
9. The Wall at Blue Bay Beach
Blue Bay Wall is located at Blue Bay Curaçao – Golf Club and Beach Resort. Here you can enjoy not only The Wall, but also the house reef and ‘The Garden’. Overall, we think you will be impressed by turtles, barracudas and numerous other fish species.
The Wall is literally a vertical wall from approximately 10 meters to below 30 meters which makes it very impressive and worthwhile to explore. Moderate your depth and pace on this dive so you can have more bottom time especially if you want to explore the part below 25 meters.
10. Director’s Bay in Caracasbaai
Diving here left (east) along the vertical wall towards Small Wall extends to a depth of about 15 meters and is home to most amazing underwater creatures, including sea horses, frogfish, eels, flounders and many more. A large octopus calls the rubble his home as well.
Directors Bay truly is a great dive site for macro photography on Curacao. Going right (west), you can also reach the Tugboat but make sure you have arranged transportation back due to air limitations.
ShoreDiving.com Rates Curaçao
According to ShoreDiving.com, Curaçao has thirty-eight dive sites accessible by beach that have an average diver rating of 3.8 out of 5
“Given the average vacation is seven days, including one day in between diving and flying home, you have six world class shore dives you can hit every single day of your trip… each site is unique and shore diving in Curacao offers no shortage of exploration opportunities.”
Night Shore Diving Adventure
For those divers who like a little more adventure, and know that some of the coolest sea life comes out at night, the abundance of shore dives on Curaçao means that you have ample opportunity to jump in the water for a moonlit night dive.
The reef takes on a completely different personality at night, and offers the best night-life anywhere is the world. Rays, sharks, squid, and octopuses all await the night time diver.
Travel Tip: If you want a totally psychedelic and mind blowing experience, then you really need to try a Fluorescent night dive on Curaçao!
“The only thing better than easy shore access, is having a knowledgeable & responsible dive operator available to take care of your every need. At a good number of the popular sites along the coast you will find a dive shop serving that area.”
Dive Shops in Curaçao
Part of the Curaçao Tourist Board selection is based on a strong commitment to quality, safety & sustainable tourism where many, in fact, have joined the PADI AWARE “Adopt A Dive Site” Initiative. They have committed to conserve and protect these sites from marine debris by conducting monthly PADI AWARE “Dive Against Debris” clean-ups.
Use the Curaçao Dive Travel Guide and ask to see the “Curaçao Tourist Board Approved” quality check, to ensure when visiting the Island, you dive with only the best!
These Curaçao Dive Shops also offer dive guided services too. Whether you are a new diver, or a well saturated veteran, a dive guide is always a good decision. The Curaçao Dive Guides know the area, and add an additional element of safety to your dive trips. They also know the hiding places of the critters you came to see.
Dive Shops in Curaçao will also have access to special types of dives and animal interactions that you will not be able to experience on your own.
How to choose a Dive Shop in Curaçao?
Booking a Curaçao Shore Diving Vacation
If you’re an avid diver seeking an unforgettable underwater adventure, Curaçao is a tropical paradise you can’t miss. With its vibrant coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life, this Caribbean island offers exceptional shore diving experiences. Dive Travel Curaçao is your trusted partner in planning and organizing a seamless diving vacation. In this guide, we’ll outline the easy steps to book your Curaçao shore diving getaway.
Step 1: Explore the Curaçao shore diving packages
Start your journey by visiting the Dive Travel Curaçao. Here, you’ll find a wealth of information about our services, and the booking benefits including comprehensive details about our Curaçao shore diving packages. Take your time to explore the various options available, each tailored to suit divers of different experience levels. Dive Travel Curaçao provides detailed descriptions of dive sites, accommodations, transportation, and additional activities to help you make an informed decision.
Step 2: Contact Dive Travel Curaçao
Once you’ve found the ideal shore diving package that aligns with your preferences, reach out to our expert Dive Travel Team to discuss your plans and any specific requirements. We have a team of friendly and knowledgeable dive travel experts who will guide you through the booking process and answer any questions you may have. You can contact us easily via email or WhatsApp, ensuring you receive personalized assistance in planning your dream vacation.
Step 3: Customize Your Itinerary
Dive Travel Curaçao understands that every diver has unique preferences and expectations. We offer the flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your desired dive sites, accommodation options, and duration of stay. Whether you’re a solo traveler, part of a group, or even planning a family vacation, they will work closely with you to create a tailor-made experience that meets your needs. With our expertise and local knowledge, you can trust that your Curaçao shore diving vacation will be truly unforgettable.
Step 4: Confirm Your Booking
Once you’ve finalized your customized itinerary with Dive Travel Curaçao, it’s time to confirm your booking. We will provide you with clear instructions on the necessary payment methods and deadlines to secure your reservation. Rest assured, their booking process is seamless and reliable, ensuring that your dream vacation is fully secured. By confirming your booking, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that Dive Travel Curaçao has taken care of all the logistics, allowing you to focus on the excitement and anticipation of your upcoming Curaçao shore diving adventure.
Are you ready to shore dive in Curaçao?
Don’t miss out on the chance to explore the awe-inspiring underwater wonders of Curaçao. Book your shore diving vacation with Dive Travel Curaçao today and embark on an unforgettable journey through vibrant coral reefs, encountering an abundance of marine life. Contact us to begin planning your shore diving getaway!
Booking a Curaçao shore diving vacation with Dive Travel Curaçao is a straightforward and enjoyable process. By following the easy steps outlined above, you can seamlessly plan your dream getaway to this captivating Caribbean destination. Dive Travel Curaçao’s expertise and dedication to customer satisfaction ensure that your experience will be unforgettable. Don’t wait any longer—start your journey to the underwater paradise of Curaçao today!