Small Wall at Caracasbaai

Located within Curacao’s National Marine Park, Small Wall is a captivating boat diving site. It is situated on the picturesque Caracas Bay peninsula, between Barracuda Point and Directors Bay. Renowned for its underwater wonders, this location is a gem for boat diving enthusiasts. Offered by Ocean Encounters, Small Wall beckons with vibrant marine life and stunning coral formations, promising an unforgettable exploration beneath the azure waves of the Caribbean. Embark on a scuba adventure and discover the aquatic splendors that define this exceptional site.


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Boat diving Small Wall with Ocean Encounters – photo courtesy of Michael O’Meara

Boat Diving at Small Wall

Welcome to the captivating underwater realm of Small Wall, a premier boat diving site located on the Caracas Bay Peninsula within Curacao’s National Marine Park. Positioned strategically between Barracuda Point and Directors Bay, this site promises an unforgettable diving experience.

The Plan

Embark on your boat diving adventure with Ocean Encounters. After taking a giant stride, you descend onto a sandy plateau. This is the gateway to Small Wall’s underwater wonders. Transitioning seamlessly, the plateau gives way to a small wall, a prelude to the awe-inspiring drop-off that awaits. Beyond the reach of recreational limits, the steep wall plunges into the depths, revealing a marine landscape of unparalleled beauty.

What to See

Small Wall’s submerged terrain is a canvas of discovery, boasting an array of crevices where moray eels, shrimps, and lobsters find refuge. As you navigate these underwater passages, marvel at the diverse marine life that calls this site home. The walls themselves serve as a mesmerizing backdrop, creating an immersive experience for divers of all levels.

What sets Small Wall apart is its dynamic topography. The sloping drop-offs and dramatic walls are adorned with a lush tapestry of marine life, thanks to the continuous influx of nutrients brought in by the ocean currents from the open sea. This rich environment provides a thriving habitat for an abundance of marine species, creating a vibrant ecosystem that divers will find enchanting.

Small Wall is a Must Dive

Small Wall is not just a dive site; it’s an extraordinary underwater spectacle that beckons to be explored. Whether you are a seasoned diver or a novice, this site offers a unique blend of beauty and excitement. We highly recommend that you should include this site in your diving schedule. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Small Wall, and let the ocean unveil its secrets in this underwater paradise.


Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes


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Discover the history surrounding Small Wall

As mentioned above, Small Wall is located adjacent to Director’s Bay – one of Curaçao’s historic landmarks and very near to the famous Tugboat wreck. All three of these dive sites are perfectly suited for divers, snorkelers and beach goers alike.

As the local story goes, it is said that the late Queen Juliana who was invited to Director’s Bay, was so afraid of fish that the Royal Dutch Shell Group caged in a section of the bay for her to increase her enjoyment and ultimately to ease her mind so that she could relax. But you know, that’s just the story.

The fact is that starting in the early 1900’s until departing in 1985, this bay was exclusively for the Directors of the Royal Dutch Shell Group and the Dutch Royal family. Since 1985, the beach and the beautiful surrounding area are now open for public use.  


History of Caracasbaai

Caracasbaai is a designated nature preserve with many historic landmarks of Curaçao.

Built in 1882, Quarantine House functioned as one of the parts of the quarantine station at the fortress of Fort Beekenburg. Healthy seamen coming of disease carrying ships were quarantined here for forty days. This lasted until 1925 and nowadays this beautiful house with a splendid view over the Caribbean Sea is in severe disrepair.

Fort Beekenburg was built to defend the Spanish Water in 1703. It was at that time one of the few places where one could easily go from sea to land. The Fort has proven his service, several times, the fort kept the British and pirates out of Curacao. The fort was built with stones from the Walloon region, that is because the stones were used as ballast in the ships.


Location of Small Wall


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