Shipwreck Point near LionsDive Beach Resort

Discover the thrilling underwater world at Shipwreck Point, nestled on the east point of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium. This captivating dive site, deemed a boat dive due to its dynamic conditions and absence of easy shore access, promises an exhilarating exploration. Featured on the weekly boat dive schedule of Ocean Encounters at LionsDive Beach Resort and Sunscape Curaçao, Shipwreck Point unveils an intriguing marine landscape, making it a must-visit destination for divers seeking adventure in the crystal-clear waters of Curaçao.

How to Dive Shipwreck Point in Curaçao

Welcome to Shipwreck Point, a captivating dive site located between the Cornelius Bay and the Stella Maris dive sites. This incredible location outside the breakers of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium plunges divers into a rich maritime history and offerings a mesmerizing exploration of the past.

Boat Diving

Mooring at the site reveals anchors, a shaft, and propellers, providing a glimpse into the maritime past. While Shipwreck Point is primarily a boat dive due to limited access to the far easterly point, diving enthusiasts can find scheduled boat dives through Ocean Encounters at LionsDive Beach Resort or Sunscape Curaçao.

Shore Diving

For those seeking a shore entry, the southwestern section of the reef is easily accessible from the beach at Hemingway’s Beach Bar and Restaurant at LionsDive Beach Resort. The underwater world unfolds seamlessly, offering a unique perspective of this beautiful fringing reef.

The Main Attraction

At a depth of 50 meters, the main attraction lies in the wrecks of two tugs, creating an intriguing artificial reef. The maritime tapestry also includes the remnants of the SS Oranje Nassau, a West India Company trading ship that met its fate in 1884. Today, only the kettle of the wreck remains, a haunting yet captivating reminder of the area’s maritime heritage. Positioned between LionsDive Beach Resort and the Curaçao Sea Aquarium, the SS Oranje Nassau boiler stands as a testament to the enduring allure of shipwrecks.

As divers navigate the depths, they’ll encounter two anchors and a screw resting on the reef, nestled between 20 and 35 meters. Technical divers will find the allure of Shipwreck Point irresistible, with the two tugboats at 50 meters adding a thrilling dimension to the underwater experience.

Despite the depths, diving at Shipwreck Point is akin to exploring an underwater aquarium. The fringing reef, surprisingly the house reef of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium, is one of the healthiest in the region. Situated strategically, the site benefits from abundant fresh saltwater and constant merging currents, contributing to the vibrant marine life.

Exploring beyond Recreational Limits

Adding an extra layer of excitement, Shipwreck Point is also home to Substation Curaçao, operating a submarine capable of descending to 1000 feet or 300 meters. This deep-sea adventure is not just a dive; it’s a bucket-list experience that beckons to the intrepid explorer. Dive into Shipwreck Point and uncover the secrets of the deep, where history and marine life converge in a breathtaking underwater panorama.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat diving / Shore diving
  • Snorkeling Site: Not recommended
  • Experience Level: Open Water (min)
  • Depth: 40-120 feet (12-36 meters)

Special Notes:

Curaçao Diving Guide and Interactive Map

Visit the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park

The Curaçao Sea Aquarium, established in 1984 by Adrian “Dutch” Schrier, is a captivating destination that offers a diverse range of marine experiences. Whether you’re interested in exploring deep-sea wonders, engaging in close encounters with various sea animals, or learning about the importance of preserving the Caribbean underwater world, the aquarium has something for everyone

One of the highlights is the Ocean Lens experience, allowing visitors to marvel at the vibrant colors of Curaçao’s sea life without getting wet. The Animal Encounters provide an exhilarating opportunity to interact with sharks and stingrays, creating unforgettable memories for all who dare to participate.

Curaçao Sea Aquarium: Established in 1984

The vision behind the establishment of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium in the early 1980s was rooted in Adrian Schrier’s desire to bring the beauty and importance of the sea closer to the public. Recognizing the need for education on the vital role of the sea in our lives, he founded the aquarium as a unique spot for both tourists and residents. Since then, it has grown into a premier destination, offering not only entertainment but also valuable insights into marine conservation.

Location of Shipwreck Point

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