Directors Bay at Caracasbaai

Discover the captivating underwater world at Directors Bay Dive Site, nestled on the scenic south-eastern side of the Caracasbaai Peninsula Nature Preserve in Curaçao. This aquatic paradise offers divers a unique experience with vibrant coral formations and an abundance of marine life. Adjacent to the renowned Tugboat wreck, this site promises both novice and seasoned divers an exhilarating exploration. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of Directors Bay for an unforgettable journey into the depths of Curaçao’s marine wonders.

Diving and Snorkeling at Directors Bay in Curacao

Directors Bay is an historic Curaçao landmark. This dive site located on the Caracasbaai Peninsula between the famous Tugboat wreck and Small Wall. Diving here can be done either by boat or shore and is perfectly suited for divers, snorkelers and beach goers alike.

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 inside Curacao’s National Marine Park for macro photography too. Going right (west), you can also reach the Tugboat but make sure you have arranged transportation back due to air limitations.

Local Story

As the local story goes, it is said that the late Queen Juliana was very afraid of sharks. Therefore, the Royal Dutch Shell Group caged in a section of the bay for her. This increased her enjoyment and ultimately eased her mind so that she could relax. But you know, that’s just a tall tail.

In actual fact, starting in the early 1900’s until departing in 1985, the Directors of the Royal Dutch Shell Group and the Dutch Royal family used Directors Bay exclusively for their own private entertainment. Today, the beach and surrounding area are open for public use.

As for the infamous shark fence story. Well, this is an old decaying surge protection device. Today, you can find it decaying on the sea floor encrusted in many beautiful corals and sponges.

Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes

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Coral Restoration out-planting Site

Reef Renewal Curacao (RRC) chose Directors Bay as an out-planting location because it offers much-needed protection for the coral structures. It also provides a regular flow of nutrients brought in by the south easterly currents.

RRC has successfully now out-planted over 7000 corals at various popular dive sites along Curaçao’s southeastern coastline which includes several out-planting structures at Director’s Bay.

Founded in May 2015 by Ocean Encounters Diving, Reef Renewal Curaçao has “branched out” and expanded the nurseries at LionsDive Beach Resort, Avila Beach Hotel and Baoase Luxury Resort. In doing so, they can now provide triple the number of coral fragments available to be out planted back onto Curaçao’s fringing reefs.

Please respect the hard work of the numerous volunteers and do not touch any of the actively growing coral structures as you can see in the picture.

“The significance of the Curaçao reef restoration program is that together as a community here on Curaçao, we will be restoring our shallow water reef system while educating our youth about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural ecosystem,” according to Pol Bosch, Manager of RRC, who adds: “I believe programs like this help solidify a natural sustainability for future generations.”

PADI AWARE Adopt A Dive Site

The Curaçao Tourist Board approved Dive Operators in collaboration with the PADI AWARE Foundation is committed to the Adopt a Dive Site™ initiative.  With 14 adopted reefs around Curaçao, this group has pledged to conduct monthly Dive Against Debris beach and dive site clean ups.

Today, this program has grown to fourteen diving operations who are investing in Curacao’s future and Director’s Bay is the latest site to be adopted! Now, Dive Against Debris™ events span from Director’s Bay to Playa Kalki in Westpunt.

All that is left is for you to dive in and feel it for yourself! Visit Dive Travel Curaçao for the best Curaçao dive operators and the best dive accommodations, to offer the best overall value for your next Curacao dive vacation.

“Scuba divers have a deep connection to the ocean and a desire to want to protect it.  We love to mix the passion for ocean adventure with conservation,” says Project AWARE, a global movement for ocean protection.

Location of Directors Bay

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