Snake Bay at Playa Wachi, Boca Sami

Located in the picturesque village of Boca Sami, Slaagenbaai, also known as Snake Bay, beckons with its charm at Playa Wachi. This hidden shore diving gem features a quaint sandy beach and is a cherished spot for locals on weekends. Offering an ideal setting for both day and night shore dives, Snake Bay is a haven for snorkeling enthusiasts too. Dive into the beauty of this coastal paradise, where the allure of underwater wonders meets the convenience of shore diving.


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Snake Bay at Playa Wachi, Boca Sami, photo courtesy of Wederfoort Apartments

Shore Diving at Snake Bay

Welcome to Snake Bay at Playa Wachi in Boca Sami – a mesmerizing dive site that promises both adventure and underwater beauty. As you venture into the crystal-clear waters from the beach, you’ll quickly reach the drop-off, making it an ideal spot for both novice and experienced divers.

Shore Entry

The usual approach involves a surface swim to the drop-off, but during periods of heavy waves, a submerged journey across the sandy plateau is recommended until you reach the underwater paradise at around 10-13 meters. As you descend, a breathtaking 45-degree slope adorned with a vibrant tapestry of hard corals and sponges unfolds before you.

Dive Plan

Choose your direction wisely based on the current, though the preferred route is to the left (East). This path not only provides a smoother journey but also ensures a more enriching experience during the return leg of the dive, with fascinating sights between 10 and 15 meters.

If you decide to explore the West, you’ll encounter another sandy plateau from 13 meters upward. Head slightly deeper during the initial part of the dive, and on your return, revel in the opportunity to swim above the coral and/or the sandy plateau. Keep an eye out for lurking macro life and interesting critters that may surprise you with their hidden beauty.

Diver Tip: Snake Bay at Playa Wachi is renowned for its spectacular coral spawning event in September and October. During these months, numerous divers descend upon this underwater haven in the evening hours to witness the awe-inspiring display of nature as corals release their vibrant spawn into the sea. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this breathtaking phenomenon, making your dive at Snake Bay truly unforgettable.


Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Shore Diving
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 20 -120ft (6-36m)

Special Notes


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SAMI Scuba Senter

Established by Eric Wederfoort in 1955, Sami Scuba Center embodies his lifelong devotion to scuba diving. Welcoming enthusiasts and novices from around the globe, their team of professional PADI Instructors and Divemasters ensures comprehensive training. Renowned as the premier diving school in Boca Sami, it boasts top-notch facilities and a remarkably skilled, affable, and endlessly patient staff.


Wederfoort Apartments at Snake Bay

Located at Snake Bay, the Wederfoort Apartments offer a picturesque retreat with a stunning view of the cliffs and the Caribbean Sea in the village of Boca Sami. Conveniently located, the apartments are a brief 10-minute drive from the airport, supermarkets, banks, and the UNESCO heritage site of Willemstad. Ideal for those seeking tranquility and the freedom of shore diving, Wederfoort Apartments provide a perfect base. With four beaches within a 5-minute drive, the location caters to nature enthusiasts, snorkelers, and shore divers alike.

The Snake Bay dive site is situated next to the apartments. It features palapas, benches, and even the option for barbecues against the backdrop of breathtaking Curaçao sunsets. A sandy beach invites relaxation, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, or an effortless shore dive. This makes Wederfoort Apartments an idyllic haven for those who appreciate the beauty of Curaçao’s shores.

Diving enthusiasts rave about the unique wonders of the underwater world here in Curaçao and proclaim hands down, “It’s the best shore-diving destination in the Caribbean”.

Eric Wederfoort

Location of Snake Bay at Playa Wachi, Boca Sami


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