Elvin’s Plane Wreck in Westpunt
Nestled off the north-west coast of Curaçao, the Elvin’s Plane Wreck Dive Site beckons adventurous divers to explore its intriguing underwater world. Situated to the west of Playa Kalki in Westpunt, this captivating site is home to the sunken remnants of a plane. The wreckage has created an otherworldly marine habitat where divers are treated to an immersive experience. Today, the site is teeming with vibrant marine life and surrounded by the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Dive in and explore the mystique of Elvin’s Plane Wreck for an unforgettable diving escapade.
Diving at Elvin’s Plane Wreck
Elvin’s Plane Wreck is a wonderful dive site that commemorates Elvin, an incredibly passionate underwater enthusiast and cousin to the owner of GO WEST Diving. Together, they formed the original dive shop at Playa Kalki, known then as All West Watersports.
In 2006 the Curaçao Fire Department donated a Fokker Fairchild 27 to All West Apartments & Diving and Go West Diving to create a new diving attraction at the west end of the island. This Fokker Fairchild 27 once flew regularly for Antillean Airlines as an island hopper between the ABC Islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, and afterward came to rest at the premises of Curacao’s International Airport Hato.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck Elvin’s Plane Wreck in 2008 when Tropical Storm Omar decided to turn and hit Curaçao squarely from the South West causing this plane wreck to be ripped off the seafloor and turned into aluminum debris scattering the plane into multiple pieces.
Today, the wreckage lies on a sandy patches surrounded by stunning hard coral formations. Regularly a drift dive that can finish around the point of Watamula where schools of barracuda can be found. Turtles, ocean triggerfish, lobster, porcupinefish and green morays plus large schools of bogas are also seen here.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Boat diving
- Snorkel Site: No
- Experience Level: Drift (Min)
- Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)
About Westpunt Curaçao
Westpunt is the name of the westernmost point of the island of Curaçao and is also the name of a nearby small town, the island’s northernmost settlement.
Discover WHY Westpunt is a Dive Vacation Paradise!
Top 5 Dive Sites in Western Curaçao
The West side is a bucolic haven for boat and shore diving that offers near perfect conditions year-round. The calmness of the area is due to the natural shielding from the easterly trade winds offered by the mountain range running through the middle of the Christoffel National Park.
The top 5 dive sites that lie along the western coastline, such as Watamula or Mushroom Forest, are world class scuba diving locations that offer you exceptional boat diving, shore diving and even snorkeling opportunities.
However, this is just to get your feet wet because to truly “sea” the BEST of the WEST, then you need to dive into these essential dive experiences to feel it for yourself!