Playa Kenepa Chikitu at the Kenepa Plantation

The Playa Kenepa beaches are two of the most popular beaches located inside the Kenepa Plantation in Curaçao. Playa Kenepa Grandi (Grote Knip) and Playa Kenepa Chikitu (Kleine Knip) are regularly visited by both tourists and locals because the natural beauty and serenity that they exude.

Dive in at Playa Kenepa Chikitu

Playa Kenepa Chikitu or Kleine Knip is one of the prettiest beaches on the island, which is a small cove with lots of shade and white sand. This is a hidden treasure for beach-goers, snorkelers, and scuba divers alike. With an easy shore entry from the beach, you can head out to the drop-off along the cliffs, where you discover a beautiful abundance of biodiversity including gorgonians, orange cups corals, schooling fingerlings and some small caves.

Beach Tip: Are you interested in discovering Curaçao as a local? Then visiting Playa Kenepa Chikitu on Sunday is a must. If you just want to relax and enjoy a good snorkeling spot, then you must visit Playa Kenepa Chikitu during the week. For more information, visit!

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Shore
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

Special Notes

Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving. Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details & recommendations.

Location of Playa Kenepa Chikitu

How to get to there?

Driving from the historic Kenepa Plantation Landhuis you will first encounter Playa Kenepa Chikitu.  Watch for the signs and stay left when the road turns right.

Playa Kenepa Grandi (“big beach”) is a much larger beach further along the road, in an isolated and practically deserted region of the plantation.  However, this does not mean that the place is not crowded, especially on weekends, when residents will enjoy this “one of a kind” public beach.

Playa Kenepa Chikitu Dive Site in Curaçao | Curaçao Diving Guide
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Driving down the barren road from Playa Kenepa Chiki (Klein Knip) you will first encounter the parking lot and then the water starts to come into sight where you will immediately be awestruck by the intensely vivid turquoise sea that lies beneath the surrounding cliffs.  The sun’s rays reflecting off the white sandy sea floor causes the many shades of blues to come to life, enticing you to dive in and immerse yourself into the warmth of these Caribbean waters by enjoying a breath-taking snorkeling or scuba diving experience.

The Kenepa Plantation is the perfect place on Curaçao to get away from it all, to get lost in nature and spend a relaxing day on the beach with an aquatic wonderland just a few footsteps away, across the sand of these magnificent beaches.

Since both beaches are public, there is no entrance fee required. But there are beach beds and umbrellas available for rent, along with snorkeling gear, transparent kayaks and paddle boards.

For more information, please contact a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator.

It is beautiful all over the world – but nowhere is it more beautiful than here in Westpunt, at All West Apartments and Diving.