Jan Thiel Bay: House Reef of Dive Center Scuba Do Curaçao

Welcome to Jan Thiel Bay, a spectacular dive site nestled along the enchanting coastline of Curaçao. Known for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and captivating underwater landscapes, Jan Thiel Bay promises an unforgettable diving experience for enthusiasts of all levels.

Diving and Snorkeling at Jan Thiel Bay

Situated on the southern coast of Curaçao, Jan Thiel Bay is easily accessible and conveniently located near the Jan Thiel Beach. The bay offers a diverse underwater environment, making it a favorite destination for divers seeking both beauty and adventure.

Underwater Topography

As you descend beneath the surface, you’ll discover a mesmerizing world of underwater wonders. Jan Thiel Bay boasts a mix of coral gardens, steep walls, and sandy bottoms, providing a diverse range of habitats for marine life. The coral formations are teeming with colorful sponges, sea fans, and a plethora of reef fish.

Marine Life

Prepare to encounter a rich array of marine life during your dive at Jan Thiel Bay. Schools of Caribbean reef fish, including parrotfish, angelfish, and butterflyfish, gracefully navigate through the coral formations. Keep an eye out for larger species such as moray eels, nurse sharks, and even the occasional sea turtle. The bay’s vibrant ecosystem ensures that every dive is a unique and rewarding experience.

Visibility and Conditions

With consistently excellent visibility reaching up to 30 meters (100 feet), Jan Thiel Bay is a haven for underwater photographers. The calm and warm Caribbean waters make it an ideal location for year-round diving, with water temperatures ranging from 25 to 29 degrees Celsius (77 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit).


The dive site is easily accessible, with well-maintained facilities at Dive Center Scuba Do. They offer equipment rental, guided tours, and certification courses, ensuring a safe and enjoyable diving experience for all.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat dive or Shore dive
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

Special Notes

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Things to do at Jan Thiel Bay

Dreaming of sun, sea, shopping and entertainment? Jan Thiel Beach Curaçao is the place to be! Relax with an ice cold cocktail, let the chefs surprise you and discover a world of entertainment and sports possibilities at the beach.

Additionally, this is the house reef of Scuba Do, a Project AWARE Adopt A Dive Site. Therefore, please care for the environment and together, we protect what we love.

Beach Tip: At Jan Thiel Beach there are 5 unique restaurants and 3 beach clubs that offer a wide diversity of culinary treats and beach fun! Entrance fee to the beaches are $3.oo USD per person and beach chairs can be rented too starting at $3.00/chair. For more information about the beach services offered at Jan Thiel Bay, CLICK HERE.

Sail to Klein Curaçao

Surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, Klein Curaçao is a sunlit pearl in the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Curacao. This uninhabited island is about an 1,5-hour boat ride away from Curacao and holds an intriguing history, mystery and beauty on just 1.7 square kilometers!

Explorers, sunbathing enthusiasts, snorkelers and divers will all really enjoy a trip to diverse Klein Curaçao.

Klein Curaçao day trips with BlueFinn Charters

Jump on board the BlueFinn, a beautiful 75 foot Catamaran and sail to the deserted Caribbean island of Klein Curaçao! Just imagine yourself on this uninhabited island in the middle of the Caribbean sea with a pearl white beach stretching along the western shoreline.

“The best beach isn’t on Curacao at all, it’s on Klein Curaçao, an uninhabited cay a few miles off the southeastern coast.” – Lonely Planet, Travelbook.

Location of Jan Thiel Bay

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