San Nicolas in Soto, Curaçao

The San Nicolas dive site is located near the village of Soto and along the picturesque San Nicolas Plantation shoreline. This Curaçao dive site is renowned for its awe-inspiring underwater topography. However, it is only accessible by boat and shares a likeness to captivating Mako’s Mountain dive site. The San Nicolas dive site promises an unforgettable wall dive, revealing vibrant marine life and captivating geological formations. Now dive into the immersive wonders that await beneath the surface at San Nicolas!

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Diving at San Nicolas in Soto, photo courtesy of NaturePicsFilms

Boat Diving at San Nicolas

Welcome to the exhilarating underwater realm of the San Nicolas boat diving site. This site is located near the charming village of Soto in Curaçao. It shares its aquatic wonders with neighboring Makos Mountain and promises an unforgettable marine adventure in the picturesque vicinity of Santa Martha.

The Experience

As you take a giant stride in, your journey will begin in the shallows. You will first discover a mesmerizing field of fleshy soft corals. As you navigate through this vibrant underwater tapestry, you’ll gradually approach a magnificent drop-off adorned with an abundance of hard corals. The depths of this precipice hold the allure of encounters with elusive creatures. This may include the legendary mako shark, which has been spotted in these waters. The thrill doesn’t stop there—Hammerhead sharks, porcupinefish, rays, moray eels, lobsters, and perhaps even tarpon add to the diverse cast of characters you may encounter during your dive.

The Beauty

While the entry may present a challenge on occasion, the rich and diverse marine environment of San Nicolas effortlessly compensates for any rough seas. Brace yourself for a dive that promises not only the chance to witness majestic marine life but also to explore the intriguing depths where the mysteries of the underwater world come to life. San Nicolas is a testament to the beauty and diversity of Curaçao’s underwater landscapes, offering an immersive and awe-inspiring experience for divers of all levels.

Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes

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History of San Nicolas Landhuis in Curaçao

Built between the 18th and 19th Century, this Curaçao Country estate is situated on a hilltop west of Santa Marthabaai. The main building consists of a rectangular floor plan that is laid out on elevated platform. It is a one story structure with a core area surrounded by galleries. A gabled roof covers the core area with adjoining slanted roofs over galleries with typical truncated gables on short ends. There are three dormers on both sides of roof and terraces surround the main building that consists of a kitchen, a cistern and a bathhouse.

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Exploring the Santa Martha Plantation

Santa Martha Bay is such a beautiful spot on Curacao, it has a great view, and shows the island in a different way. It is quiet, because this place is not visited by tourists that much. The bay is near the village of Soto.

And a visit to the plantation house Landhuis Groot Santa Martha is one of the few houses built in a U-shape, it’s definitely worth to visit it. The 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.

Location of San Nicolas

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