Kokomo Beach at Vaersenbaai
Kokomo Beach is nestled along the stunning coastline of Vaersenbaai, on the southwestern shores of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean. Renowned for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, Kokomo Beach offers a captivating underwater world for divers to explore.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling at Kokomo Beach
As divers descend into the azure depths of Kokomo Beach, they are greeted by a diverse underwater landscape. The site features a combination of shallow coral gardens and deeper reef formations, creating a kaleidoscope of colors and textures. The sandy bottom is occasionally interrupted by coral outcrops, providing refuge for various marine species.
Kokomo Beach is a haven for marine biodiversity. Divers can encounter a dazzling array of tropical fish, including parrotfish, angelfish, and schools of vibrant reef fish. The coral formations host a plethora of invertebrates, such as colorful nudibranchs and delicate sea fans swaying with the gentle currents. Lucky divers may even spot larger species like turtles, rays, and possibly the occasional nurse shark.
Visibility and Conditions
The visibility at Kokomo Beach is typically exceptional, often exceeding 100 feet (30 meters). The calm, warm waters make this dive site suitable for divers of all experience levels. The average water temperature hovers around 78-82°F (25-28°C), providing a comfortable and inviting environment for exploration.
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned diver, Kokomo Beach offers a memorable underwater experience. The shallow portions are perfect for beginners, allowing them to gain confidence while surrounded by vibrant marine life. More experienced divers can venture to deeper sections, to explore the Vaersenbaai Car Wrecks.
Kokomo Beach is easily accessible from the shore, with entry points marked by buoys. The site is well-maintained, and on-site dive facilities provide rental equipment and professional guides. After a rewarding dive, divers can relax on the pristine beach, taking in the panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.
To preserve the beauty of Kokomo Beach for future generations, divers are encouraged to follow responsible diving practices, such as avoiding contact with marine life and respecting the fragile coral formations.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Shore diving
- Snorkel Site: Yes
- Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
- Depth: 30 – 120ft (10-36m)
- Please dive responsibly in Curaçao.
- Explore the top 10 eco-diving tips for Curaçao.
- Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving.
- Discover the essential Shore Diving Safety Tips.
- Consult Trunk Divers, the onsite dive shop at Kokomo Beach, or other recommended Curaçao Dive Operators for additional details and local advice.
About Kokomo Beach
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, is located east of the Kokomo Beach House Reef at Vaersenbaai.
Kokomo is the ideal beach to enjoy a quiet day with the whole family, have a great lunch, dive into one of their delicious cocktails or just fall in love with the crystal clear water!! They have lounges available to relax if want to, or read a book, or just hang out with an ice cold beer with your friends!!
Simply Kokomo Beach is the place on Curaçao to make your own experiences into anything you want or nothing at all! It is your choice, enjoy the moments!
Traveler Tip: Kokomo has no entrance-fee, 24/7 secured parking and is very child friendly. To increase your enjoyment of the beach, it must be said that they probably have the best beach chairs on the island. If you decide that a weekend visit is better, that’s great! Because on Sunday’s they have their famous happy hour from 17:00-18:00 with the best live music combined with a DJ spinning the golden oldies.
Car Wrecks at Vaersenbaai
Check out what Natasha Brown says from HotCars.com in her article titled “19 Photos Of Tanks And Trucks Found Underwater“; “This former military truck is located off the coast of Vaersenbaai on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, a popular diving spot with lots of vehicles and a few shipwrecks for more advanced and experienced scuba divers”.
Amazingly, these vehicles were deliberately placed on the ocean floor as part of a project to try and provide a habitat for the fish and plants which used to be found on the coral reef in the area. Although much of the coral has been destroyed, these trucks and cars make for an adequate replacement and have encouraged flora and fauna to return to Curaçao.
The Car Wrecks is a fun, deep shore or boat dive site, full of dozens of car wrecks, and a great spot to take some unique souvenir photo.