Playa Hundu in Soto Curaçao
Welcome to Playa Hundu, a mesmerizing shore diving site nestled near the quaint village of Soto, east of the picturesque Santa Martha Bay in Curaçao. This aquatic haven offers a captivating underwater realm, featuring vibrant coral formations, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters. Divers and snorkelers alike are drawn to the site’s rich biodiversity, making Playa Hundu an idyllic destination for underwater enthusiasts seeking an immersive and unforgettable experience in the Caribbean’s underwater wonders.
Shore Diving at Playa Hundu
Shore diving at Playa Hundu is a captivating underwater haven with easy access and diverse marine life. The shore entrance is a breeze, with a manageable pathway through some rocks and occasional waves. Walk into the water until you reach sufficient depth to don your fins, and you’re ready for an underwater adventure.
Heading out at 240 degrees (WSW), the drop-off is conveniently close to the shore. The reef slope, averaging around 45 degrees and occasionally steeper, adds an exciting dimension to your dive. The seabed in front of the beach may appear a bit “dusty” due to sand, but as you explore towards the East or West, the underwater landscape transforms.
Navigation is a simple task at Playa Hundu. Sandy valleys lead from the shore into the deep, providing easy landmarks for your journey. Count the valleys as you pass, ensuring a straightforward return to the entry point. However, feel free to leave the water anywhere along the shore.
Distinct groups of sponges add character to the dive site, making it easy to identify your entry point. The coral density is impressive, featuring large gorgonians, stove pipe sponges, Elephant ear sponges, and various hard coral species. While the coral may show signs of past challenges, the underwater world remains enchanting.
Playa Hundu is not only a thrilling dive site but also offers a beautiful shallow experience. Explore the vibrant marine life in the shallows, making this site suitable for divers of all levels. Despite occasional challenges, Playa Hundu Dive Site promises an unforgettable underwater journey filled with diverse marine ecosystems and unique underwater landscapes.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Shore diving / Boat diving
- 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 when shore diving.
- Discover essential Shore Diving Safety Tips.
- Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details and local advice.
How to find Playa Hundu in Soto
Coming from the Eastern part of the island you take the road to Westpunt. That is for a large part the only road from the Eastern part toward the Western part of the island. Follow this road until you see a road sign with Soto on it. There you go left in the direction of Soto. You stay on that road for a long time till you reach the church of Soto. Shortly after the church you go left in the direction of Santa Martha.
You pass the plantation house of Groot Santa Martha. On the left hand side there is a stone wall. When that wall ends there is a dirt road to the left. You have to enter that dirt road. After a while you reach a paved road. You have to follow that road and hope there are no cars from the other side because it will be difficult to pass each other. After quite some distance the road becomes a dirt road again. Shortly after you will see the sea. Park you car to the left or right.
Hungry after Diving Playa Hundu?
The restaurant at Landhuis Klein Santa Martha serves a variety of delicacies. There you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails with a breathtaking view of Santa Martha Bay. They offer local, international, as well as vegetarian cuisine. The restaurant is open for you everyday of the week… so dive in, you won’t regret it!
Diver Tip: If you are hungry before or after diving at Playa Hundu, we highly recommend you visit Landhuis Klein Santa Martha!
Location of Playa Hundu
Santa Martha Bay awaits Unique Development
WILLEMSTAD – The government of Curaçao and investors signed an agreement for the development of Santa Martha and its surroundings in the Voyager Lounge of the Avila Beach Hotel. It is a comprehensive project by the Vogels and Van Alstede families to replace the run-down former Coral Cliff/Sunset Waters Hotel and the adjoining areas.
Robbin Vogels, General Manager of Avila Beach Hotel, and project developer Phillip van Alstede, the new owners of the area known as Coral Cliff, presented their plans to their invitees, which included prime minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, the ministers Zita Jesus-Leito (Transport, Traffic, and Spatial Planning), Steven Martina (Economic Development/Tourism), and Kenneth Gijsbertha (Finance). Vogels explained that, within 3 years, an all-inclusive hotel will be built with 200 to 300 rooms that will be managed under their leadership. This involves an investment of 100 million guilders and should eventually allow for the creation of 250 new jobs. Moreover, a second hotel will be added to the area later down the line. This is planned to result in a combined total of between 700 and 800 rooms, leading to 1000 to 1500 new jobs. The entire plan, spread over a period of 10 years, requires an investment of at least 250 million guilders.
Energetic responses about the development of Santa Martha
Developer Van Alstede explained that the project, in addition to the hotel with all its facilities, encompasses the construction of, among other things, a marina with water sports activities in the large inland waterways of Santa Martha, as well as outdoor recreations, such as horseback riding etc. Furthermore, the hotel will adhere to a ‘from farm to fork’ mindset, which means that much of the hotel’s food will be provided by local gardeners, farmers, and fishermen from Groot Santa Martha (also Soto and its surroundings).
Finally, director Will Vogels of the LionsDive Beach Resort expressed his appreciation for the drive with which the government and the relevant ministries have responded to the requests for the necessary permits and regulations starting from June this year. This allows the developers to start a project on Bándabou that will be second to none in the shortest possible timeframe.
The agreement with Minister Zita Jesus-Leito was signed on behalf of the developers by Robbin Vogels and Phillip van Alstede, and was witnessed by their respective fathers, Will Vogels and Maarten van Alstede.