Playa Shon Mosa at the San Juan Plantation
Discover the hidden gem of Shon Mosa shore diving site nestled within the San Juan Plantation. Journeying eastward, Playa Shon Mosa beckons with its serene atmosphere, boasting a seamless union of powdery sands and pristine, transparent waters. Embraced by solitude, this beach provides a tranquil escape from the crowds. Perfect for snorkelers delving into underwater marvels and sunbathers basking in the peace, Playa Shon Mosa promises a blissful retreat, inviting you to unwind amidst nature’s untouched beauty.
Shore Diving at Playa Shon Mosa
Tucked away within the private paradise of San Juan Plantation, Playa Shon Mosa unveils a serene and unspoiled underwater haven for divers seeking a tranquil escape. This intimate shore diving site is the second beach from the East on the plantation.
While the site lacks formal facilities, its seclusion provides a unique charm. Therefore, we urge all divers and snorkelers to bring their own sustenance for an extended exploration.
At Playa Shon Mosa, the adventure begins with a gentle entry from the small sandy beach. This site offers easy access to the crystal-clear waters that beckon exploration.
The underwater landscape at Playa Shon Mosa unfolds with a moderately long swim to the underwater realm. Contrary to the term “drop-off,” the slope is incredibly gradual, providing a leisurely descent into the aquatic realm. As divers traverse the seabed, the view of Playa Manzaliña’s distant beach emerges on the horizon, setting the stage for a captivating underwater journey.
Heading left, divers embark on a meandering course along a remarkably gentle slope, at times almost horizontal. The coral density is moderate, interspersed with expansive sandy patches that accentuate the diversity of the marine landscape. A notable feature is the abundance of Yellow Boring Sponge, a vivid testament to the site’s ecological richness.
Divers are treated to a kaleidoscope of marine life, with a myriad of corals and sponges creating a captivating underwater tapestry. Careful navigation is essential, as the very gradual slope might deceive, making it easy to miss the turn back to the coast. Choosing a distinctive landmark for orientation becomes crucial to ensure a safe return to the starting point, preventing an inadvertent drift towards the neighboring beach of Playa Manzaliña.
In summary, Playa Shon Mosa offers a delightful shore diving experience for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. With its gentle underwater terrain and diverse marine life, this hidden gem within the San Juan Plantation promises an unforgettable adventure for underwater enthusiasts.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Shore diving
- Snorkel Site: Yes
- Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
- Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)
- Please dive responsibly in Curaçao.
- Discover the top 10 eco-diving tips for Curaçao.
- Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when drift diving.
- Explore Curaçao Shore Diving Safety Tips
- Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details & recommendations.
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 Manzalina, Shon Mosa, and Largu.
How to get to Playa Shon Mosa
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 and it can be in bad condition, especially 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. Follow the sign. This brings you at the second split in the road where you can choose between Playa Largo and Shon Mosa. Take the direction of Shon Mosa. This brings you a short time later at the small beach. There is a good chance that you are the only one here. Park your car and gear up.