Makos Mountain in Soto

Makos Mountain Dive Site, nestled near the picturesque village of Soto Curaçao, beckons adventure seekers to explore its underwater wonders. Renowned for its vibrant coral formations, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters, Makos Mountain promises an exhilarating diving experience. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned diver, this enchanting site offers a captivating glimpse into the underwater realm, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Curaçao’s marine landscape.

Scuba Diving at Makos Mountain

Mako’s Mountain, reminiscent of the San Nicolas Dive Site, is a captivating underwater realm nestled near the picturesque Santa Martha Bay in Soto, Curaçao. This exclusive dive site promises an exhilarating journey for divers seeking a unique and diverse marine experience.

The adventure begins in the shallows, where a mesmerizing field of fleshy soft corals welcomes divers into the underwater wonderland of Mako’s Mountain. As you navigate through this colorful underwater garden, the anticipation builds for what lies ahead.


The highlight of Mako’s Mountain is the breathtaking drop-off that awaits intrepid divers. Emerging from the soft coral fields, the underwater landscape transforms into a dramatic seascape adorned with vibrant hard corals. Here, the possibility of encountering the elusive mako shark, once famously spotted in these waters, adds an extra layer of excitement to the dive. Hammerhead sharks have also made appearances, adding to the allure of this dive site.

What to Expect

Divers can expect to be surrounded by a diverse array of marine life, including porcupinefish, graceful rays, elusive moray eels, and lobsters that find refuge in the intricate coral formations. If luck is on your side, you might even catch a glimpse of tarpon gracefully gliding through the depths.

While the entry to Mako’s Mountain can be challenging at times due to the occasionally rough waters, the marine environment more than compensates for any initial difficulties. The vibrant underwater ecosystem and the possibility of encountering sharks make this dive site a must-visit for seasoned divers seeking a thrilling adventure.

Accessing Makos Mountain

Please note that Mako’s Mountain is accessible only by boat, adding an extra layer of exclusivity to this underwater haven. As with any dive site, responsible scuba diving practices are highly encouraged to preserve the delicate marine ecosystem and ensure the safety of both divers and marine life. Explore the depths of Mako’s Mountain, and let the mysteries of the underwater world unfold before your eyes.

Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes

Dive Tip: If you find the current too strong or if you do not want to do a drift dive, the nearby dive sites of Hells CornerBlack Coral Garden, and Rediho are all fabulous alternative locations.

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History of Soto and San Nicolas in Curaçao

Santa Martha Bay is located next to Makos Mountain and it is one of the most beautiful spots in Curaçao. It has a great overlooking views, and shows the island in a natural way. If you are looking for a quiet escape then visit Santa Martha Bay because this place is not visited by tourists that much. The bay is located near the village of Soto.

If time permits, we highly recommend that you visit the plantation house Landhuis Groot Santa Martha.  This is one of the few houses in Curaçao built in a U-shape. This plantation house now serves as a care facility for people with physical and/or mental disabilities and their products they make are sold in the shop.

Landhuis Klein Santa Martha is a large 480-hectare sugar cane and divi-divi plantation dating back to the 1700’s. Landhuis Klein Santa Martha was once one of the top three producers of salt on the island, along with Landhuis Groot Santa Martha and Landhuis San Nicolas, thanks to the large salt pans and nearby Santa Martha Bay being the most productive on the island.

The Best Dive Sites on the Westside of Curaçao

The “Top Dive Sites of Eastern Curaçao” are littered with wall dives, wreck dives, shore dives, and lush coral gardens. More importantly though, these sites have quickly become not only Curaçao icons, but also some of most sought after dives in the Caribbean. BUT there is another side to Curaçao that deserves exploring too. It is the West side, known to locals as “Banda Abou”.

So let’s dive into the Top 10 dive sites in Curaçao that will provide a complete perspective about the world class diving that awaits you!

Location of Makos Mountain

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