Lost Anchor Dive Site in Caracasbaai

Lost Anchor in Caracasbaai is a favorite Curaçao dive site because it is bright and colorful. It is located inside the boundaries of the Curaçao Marine Park and below the steep west facing cliff of Jan Thiel, between Beacon Point and east of the large public beach in Caracasbaai.

Diving Lost Anchor

Leaving the short plateau, you will immediately find a dense coral covering that hides an anchor chain. The chain disappears into the depths which is why this site is named Lost Anchor.

Luckily the chain is not the only attraction here. A beautiful lush and steep wall that that hugs the shoreline is covered in Gorgonians and sea fans that make up this incredible underwater garden. The dive finishes on a shallow plateau where seahorses like to hang out which makes this a fantastic site for macro photography.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat diving recommended
  • Snorkel Site: No
  • Experience Level: Drift / Advanced (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

Special Notes

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Caracasbaai Nature Reserve

Caracasbaai Nature Reserve, situated on the picturesque island of Curaçao, is a designated nature preserve. It boasts not only natural beauty but also a rich history embedded in its landmarks.

According to local lore, the late Queen Juliana’s aversion to fish led to a unique development in the bay. Allegedly, when she was invited to Directors Bay, the Royal Dutch Shell Group took measures to create a caged section in the bay. This action would ensure her comfort and allow her to relax without fear. However, the bay had a more extensive history of exclusivity, serving as a private retreat for the Directors of the Royal Dutch Shell Group and the Dutch Royal family from the early 1900s until 1985. Today, this once-private enclave has opened its shores and surrounding areas to the public.

At the heart of the reserve stands the Quarantine House. It was constructed in 1882 as part of the quarantine station within the Fort Beekenburg fortress. This historical structure played a crucial role in safeguarding the health of seafarers arriving on disease-carrying ships. Functioning as a quarantine facility until 1925, the Quarantine House now stands in a state of disrepair, offering a glimpse into the island’s past with its stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

Fort Beekenburg, erected in 1703 to defend the Spanish Water, holds its own significant place in history. Serving as a strategic point for sea-to-land access, the fort was constructed with stones from the Walloon region, originally used as ballast in ships. Over the years, Fort Beekenburg successfully thwarted British invasions and repelled pirates, standing as a testament to its defensive capabilities.

Caracasbaai Nature Reserve, with its blend of natural splendor and historical landmarks, invites visitors to explore the intersection of Curaçao’s vibrant past and its current embrace of public enjoyment.

Location of Lost Anchor

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