Long Beach at Piscadera Bay
Welcome to Playa Largu, more famously known as Long Beach at Piscadera – a hidden gem for diving enthusiasts. While the name might suggest a beach, this site offers a spectacular underwater world that is best explored by boat, revealing a dive experience like no other.
Diving at Long Beach
Situated adjacent to the opening of Piscaderabaai, Long Beach boasts a shallow plateau adorned with a captivating mix of hard and soft surfaces. Divers will encounter striking colonies of black coral scattered across the seabed. Although the coral density varies, the underwater landscape features intriguing interruptions of ridges and sand channels, providing a unique diving environment.
Exploring the Fringing Reef
The adventure begins with a gradual descent from a depth of 6 meters, plunging into the depths up to 40 meters. The reef wall presents itself with steep sections and breathtaking large overhangs, promising an unforgettable underwater vista. Accessible from the shore, the most stunning sections of this dive site are best explored through a boat dive, ensuring an experience that is well worth the investment.
As you explore the open sea opposite the reef, encounter the majestic barracudas that call these waters home, adding an extra layer of excitement to your dive. Long Beach is not just a natural wonder; it’s a site of ongoing scientific exploration.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Boat Diving Recommended
- Snorkel Site: Yes
- Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
- Depth: 20 -120ft (6-36m)
- 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.
- Discover the essential Shore Diving Safety Tips.
- Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details and local advice.
Carmabi Research at Long Beach
Collaborating with the Carmabi Foundation, a 3D model of Long Beach has been created, showcasing the beauty of the underwater world. This model, part of an experiment involving the out-planting of Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin), provides a unique insight into how an increase in their density contributes to the reef’s health. The model, generated using Structure from Motion (SfM) technology, highlights the intricate interactions between coral and algae in these carefully monitored plots.
The Carmabi Research Station, a beacon of marine research excellence, is located at the opening of Piscaderabaai. Founded in 1955 as the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute, it has evolved into the largest field station in the Southern Caribbean. The station’s picturesque location offers immediate access to the reefs, providing a perfect base for ecological research.
The station is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a water-side building with labs and dormitories accommodating up to 30 individuals. Researchers and students focusing on Caribbean coral reefs, terrestrial systems, or geology find a supportive environment for their science projects. The institute hosts approximately 250 scientists annually for research and offers courses related to coral reef ecology in collaboration with various universities.
Discover the beauty, science, and history that converge at Piscadera Long Beach Dive Site – a testament to the wonders that lie beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea.