Playa Largu at the San Juan Plantation

Welcome to Playa Largu, nestled within the picturesque San Juan Plantation on the eastern shores of Curaçao. Aptly named in Papiamentu, the local language, for its expansive stretch, Playa Largu defies the conventional image of a beach. Comprising mostly coral rubble, this dive site offers a unique underwater experience. As the first diving spot from the east on the San Juan Plantation, it beckons adventurers to explore its captivating underwater landscape, where the absence of sand unveils a mesmerizing world of marine wonders.

Shore Diving at Playa Largu

Welcome to Playa Largu, a captivating shore dive site inside the historical San Juan Plantation. As you approach the water, you will discover an easily accessible entry point marked by crystal-clear waters that allow you to assess any potential obstacles like coral formations before submerging.

This beach is a haven for underwater enthusiasts, with coral formations extending remarkably close to the shore. You have the flexibility to choose your direction based on the prevailing current; during our first dive, we opted to explore the right side. Notably, the drop-off is conveniently close to the shore, sparing you a lengthy swim to reach the depths below. In comparison to the neighboring Playa Shon Mosa, the drop-off here boasts a steeper incline, measuring at approximately 45 degrees.

Diving into the azure depths, you’ll encounter a landscape that seamlessly transitions from coral-rich areas with a density well above 50% to sandy patches, creating a varied underwater topography. Beyond 30 meters, the seafloor becomes predominantly sandy, mirroring an underwater beach. The absence of sand on shore is compensated for beneath the waves.

Playa Largu is a haven for sponge enthusiasts, showcasing a diverse array of species. From the majestic Elephant Ear sponges and large Touch-me-not sponges to Tube and Stove-Pipe sponges, Barrel sponges, Vase sponges, various types of Encrusting sponges, and the impressive Rope sponges, there’s a sponge for every underwater aficionado. The reef’s shoulders are adorned with abundant soft coral formations, adding a touch of vibrancy to the serene underwater environment.

In summary, Playa Largu is a delightful dive site that offers a tranquil and unspoiled experience. The quiet ambiance enhances the sense of immersion, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful and captivating underwater adventure. Whether you’re drawn to the fascinating world of sponges or simply appreciate the beauty of diverse marine life, Playa Largu is sure to leave you enchanted.

Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes

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San Juan Plantation Beaches

The main draw of the San Juan area are the beautiful and undeveloped beaches that exist on the fringes of the plantations coastline. Although many sources only refer to three beaches, there are in fact four in total. From west to east these include a small cove called Playa Chiki, then the known beaches of ManzalinaPlaya Shon Mosa, and Playa Largu.

How to get to Playa Largu

Coming from the Eastern side of the island you have to go to the Western Part. Driving along the only road to this part of the island, “road to Westpunt”, you drive past Landhuis Daniel and past the small village of “Terra Kora” until you see the sign to “Soto”. There, turn left and follow this road past the entrance to “Cas Abou”, a few kilometers more and you see a sign “San Juan”. Slow down because you have to make a turn to the left at the red rock with the number 20 till 23 (dive site numbers).

Follow the dirt road till you see the plantation house of San Juan. Enter through the gate and drive to the right side of the plantation house. There you have to pay the entrance fee, which is currently Nafl 5.00 per car (about US$ 2.75).

Follow the dirt road. It is a winding road. It can be in bad condition in the rainy season so you better use a jeep or pick-up to get to the beach. When you reach the first split in the road you see two stones, one of which points to Shon Mosa (see middle part of the picture). Follow the sign to Shon Mosa. This brings you at the second split in the road where you can choose between Playa Largu and Shon Mosa. Take the direction to Playa Largu. This brings you after a while at the beach. There is a good chance that you are the only one here. Park your car and gear up.

Location of Playa Largu

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