Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao
Welcome to the Smokeys Dive Site, nestled within the pristine confines of the Curaçao Marine Park near Fuikbaai. Renowned for its awe-inspiring beauty, Smokeys is a haven for adventure seekers. This underwater wonderland offers a mind-blowing drift dive experience, where divers are gently carried by currents, unveiling a mesmerizing world of vibrant coral formations and diverse marine life. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the submerged splendor of Smokeys, an oasis of natural wonders within the heart of the Caribbean.
Drift Diving at Smokeys
Smokeys, affectionately known as Punt’i Sanchi by the locals, is a hidden gem located next to Kathy’s Paradise and southeast of Nieuwport in Fuikbaai. Widely regarded as one of the Caribbean’s premier dive sites, Smokeys competes with the best in Belize, Bonaire, and the Cayman Islands, offering a truly unparalleled underwater experience.
Situated off the remote and undeveloped shoreline of Eastpoint, within the boundaries of the Curacao Marine Park, Smokeys remains a coveted destination for diving enthusiasts due to its inaccessibility by land. This isolation has preserved the site and many others in the vicinity, ensuring they remain undisturbed and breathtakingly spectacular.
The Drift-diving Plan
Prepare yourself for a “mind-blowing” adventure as Smokeys often transforms into an exhilarating drift dive. You’ll literally “fly” east from Smokeys, culminating in an awe-inspiring finish at Kathy’s Paradise. This unique underwater journey, inaccessible by land, adds an element of exclusivity, attracting divers seeking pristine and unspoiled environments.
Learn more about Drift Diving in Curaçao
Immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater world of Smokeys, surrounded by large dense coral overhangs that lead to sharp drop-offs. The fantastic visibility enhances the experience, allowing you to witness the marine life in all its glory. The 360-degree panorama of marine wonders will captivate you, leaving you yearning for more when you finally surface.
Discover the allure of these immaculate dive locations in Curaçao on your next vacation. Smokeys promises an unforgettable adventure beneath the waves, where every dive is a celebration of the untouched beauty that lies beneath the surface.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Boat diving
- Snorkel Site: No
- Experience Level: Drift / Advanced (Min)
- Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)
- Please dive responsibly in Curaçao.
- Explore the top 10 eco-diving tips for Curaçao.
- Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when drift diving.
- Discover essential Shore Diving Safety Tips
- Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details & recommendations.
The Story of Smokeys
It’s interesting to hear the story behind the naming of the Smokeys dive site in Curaçao. According to Chris Richards, the charismatic individual hired by the Peter Hughes Diving group to run the scuba diving operation at what was then Underwater Curaçao, the site got its name during their first dives there. Chris mentioned that the sponges at Smokeys were spawning during those dives, creating an effect that resembled smoke coming out of chimneys.
This visual observation led to the simple and descriptive name “Smokeys” for the dive site. It’s a great example of how the unique characteristics or events at a location can inspire its name, and it’s wonderful to know that Chris Richards continues to contribute to marine conservation and sustainable tourism in the area.
Coral Spawning in Curaçao
Coral spawning is a mesmerizing phenomenon. During coral spawning, entire coral colonies are triggered by the lunar cycle, sunset timing, and water temperature. Once triggered, they simultaneously release gametes (eggs and sperm). The gametes from one species fertilize those of another, giving rise to fertilized embryos that eventually settle on the ocean floor over a period of days to weeks.
For divers, the chance to witness such a spawning event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to marvel at the awe-inspiring spectacle as the entire reef is enveloped in a flurry of potential future corals.