Sandy’s Plateau near Jan Thiel Beach

Discover the mesmerizing depths of Sandy’s Plateau, an enchanting dive site situated just east of the Jan Thiel salt pans inlet, between the iconic Saba Tugboat wreck and Jan Thiel Bay. This expansive shallow plateau gradually unfolds into a breathtaking coral-covered wall adorned with majestic Gorgonians, vibrant hard corals, and a diverse marine tapestry. Dive into the heart of this underwater wonderland, where the transition from the sandy expanse to the captivating drop-off reveals a world teeming with aquatic life and natural beauty.


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Boat Diving with Ocean Encounters at Sandy’s Plateau – Photo courtesy of Michael O’Meara

Boat Diving at Sandy’s Plateau

Welcome to Sandy’s Plateau, a captivating boat diving site located just east of the Jan Thiel salt pans inlet, between the renowned Saba Tugboat wreck and Jan Thiel Bay. This expansive and shallow plateau offers divers a mesmerizing underwater landscape, seamlessly transitioning from the plateau’s sandy expanse to the breathtaking coral-covered wall at the drop-off.

The Dive Plan

As you descend into the depths, you’ll be greeted by a vibrant world of marine life. The coral-covered wall showcases a kaleidoscope of colors with imposing Gorgonians and intricate hard corals. This creates a stunning backdrop for your underwater adventure. Sandy’s Plateau is also a haven for snorkeling due to the biodiversity, boasting an array of marine creatures inhabiting every nook and cranny.

What to See

For those with a keen eye, the overhangs provide the perfect sanctuary for Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, showcasing their intricate dance in the shadows. Keep an eye out for elusive crabs seeking refuge within the large barrel sponges, adding an element of intrigue to your exploration.

Dive into the enchanting world of Sandy’s Plateau, where the meeting of shallow plateau and vibrant coral wall creates a symphony of marine life, making every descent into the depths an unforgettable experience for divers seeking the wonders of the Caribbean underwater realm.


Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes


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About the Jan Thiel Salt Pans

The salt pans of Jan Thiel are located on the east side of Curaçao and are named after the first owner, Jan Thielen. The salt pans were a valuable salt plantation around 1700’s.

Water from the Caribbean Sea was led to the salt pans of Jan Thiel. After some time, the seawater evaporated leaving the salt behind. The salt pans are no longer used and it has become a protected natural area.

This special nature reserve is popular among the Curaçaoans (locals). On Sundays the salt pans are often visited by cyclists and walkers. It is a beautiful area to unwind and to get ready for the new week.

The salt pans are also an attraction for the flamingos. Do you want close up of our beautiful pink flamingos? Then we certainly recommend you to visit the salt pans of Jan Thiel. Besides flamingos you can spot several other species of birds that end up on the salt pans.

The salt pans are surrounded by a lot of nature, which is suitable for a beautiful walk in the woods. There are several hiking routes to or from the salt pans. Park your car as close as possible at a safe location. Then you’re set for the adventure!

Click here to discover more about the Flamingo hiking trail in Curaçao: ‘De Zoutpannen’ that is just a few steps away from LionsDive Beach Resort!

Travelers Tip: Located just between Jan Thiel National Park and Mambo Beach, you’ll find ‘De Zoutpannen’ or the Jan Thiel Salt Pans. Here you can take a stroll through spectacular salt pans, tackle some rocky paths and gaze at the wondrous saltwater lakes. And the piece de resistance: if you are lucky, you’ll even manage to spot some flamingos on your adventure.


Location of Sandy’s Plateau


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