Discover the Island of Klein Curaçao

Welcome to the pristine waters surrounding Klein Curaçao, a small, uninhabited island located ocated approximately 6.5 miles off the eastern tip of Curaçao. This hidden gem, known for its vibrant marine life and untouched natural beauty, has been designated as the 55th Wetland of International Importance by the Netherlands, making it a Ramsar Site (Ramsar Site no. 2355). The site encompasses the entire island and its surrounding sea, offering an underwater paradise for divers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling at Klein Curaçao

Dive into the crystal-clear waters and discover a mesmerizing underwater world that rivals any tropical paradise. The coral reefs surrounding Klein Curaçao are teeming with a diverse array of marine life, from colorful Caribbean fish to majestic sea turtles. The coral formations provide a spectacular backdrop to your underwater exploration, and the visibility is often excellent, making it an ideal destination for both novice and experienced divers.

Sea Bird Sanctuary

Klein Curaçao isn’t just a haven for marine life; it is also recognized as a Sea Bird Sanctuary. The island’s rocky shores are home to various seabird species, creating a bustling avian community. As you explore the underwater landscape, keep an eye on the skies for the sight of magnificent seabirds soaring above, adding an extra layer of natural beauty to your diving experience.

Sea Turtle Nesting Ground

One of the most remarkable features of Klein Curaçao is its significance as a sea turtle nesting ground. These gentle creatures return year after year to lay their eggs on the island’s pristine beaches. Divers may be lucky enough to encounter these magnificent sea turtles gliding gracefully through the water or witness the magic of a turtle nesting site. It’s a rare and awe-inspiring sight that highlights the importance of preserving and respecting this unique marine ecosystem.

Preservation and Respect

Given its ecological importance, it is crucial for visitors to approach Klein Curaçao with the utmost respect and responsibility. The island’s designation as a Ramsar Site underscores the need for conservation efforts. As you explore both above and below the water, remember to adhere to responsible diving practices and environmental stewardship.

Leave Nothing But Footprints

To preserve the fragile ecosystem of Klein Curaçao, please adhere to the principle of leaving nothing but footprints. Do not disturb the natural habitat, and ensure that any waste generated during your visit is properly disposed of. The delicate balance of this unique environment relies on the responsible actions of its visitors.

As you embark on your diving adventure at Klein Curaçao, immerse yourself in the beauty of this untouched paradise and take pride in being a conscientious guardian of its ecological treasures.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat diving
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Drift / Advanced (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

Special Notes

Curaçao Diving Guide and Interactive Map

Sailing Trips and Private Charters to Klein Curaçao

Surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, Klein Curaçao is a sunlit pearl in the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Curaçao. 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 the diverse Dutch Caribbean island!

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

Lonely Planet, Travelbook.
Private Boat Trip to Klein Curaçao

Exploring the Deserted Island

A Brief History of the Island

It is not know exactly when Klein Curaçao was first discovered. Officially it was first put on the map in 1871 by a British mining engineer named John Godden.

Godden discovered that there was a rich amount of phosphate on the island, left behind by wild birds that used Klein Curaçao as their breeding ground.

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Explore the topside treasures of Klein Curacao

In these days, phosphate was in popular demand being used in Europe as an ingredient for cattle food and fertilizer. In fifteen year’s time over ninety tons of phosphate was harvested and exported to Europe.

This lead to major changes in Klein Curaçao’s landscape, leaving it a barren and uninhabitable island.

Things to Explore on Island

We would encourage you to explore the topside treasures this island. A wonderful path will lead you toward the west side of the island where you will first encounter the lighthouse that dates to 1913 and then on to the shipwrecks of the famous oil tanker ‘Maria Bianca Guidesman’, the German freighter called “Magdalena”, and the most recent wreck of the French yacht called “Tchao”.

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Location of Klein Curaçao

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