Snake Bay at Playa Wachi, Boca Sami

Slaagenbaai or Snake Bay, is located at Playa Wachi in the village of St. Michiel, locally known as Boca Sami. It has a small sandy beach and a pier that protects the tiny bay from the waves. The bay is mostly used by local residents on the weekends but it is a very nice spot for a shore dive or snorkel during the day or the night.

Swimming out from the beach you reach the drop-off in short time. Most of the time we swim on the surface till the drop-off but in case of heavy waves, go underwater across the sandy plateau until you hit the drop-off around 10-13 meters. From there you will find a 45 degree slope that is densely covered in hard corals coral and sponges.

Depending on the current you can go in either direction however our preference is going left (East) because on the return leg of the dive there is more to see around 10 – 15 meters.

If you decide to head West, you will encounters another sandy plateau from 13 meter up. In this case, head a little deeper for the first part of the dive then on your return you can swim above the coral and/or the sandy plateau looking for lurking macro life and interesting critters.

Diver Tip: This place is well known for coral spawning in September and October. During that time a lot of divers descend at Snake Bay in the evening hours to watch the spectacular coral spawning event unfold.

Snake Bay Dive Site in Curaçao | Curaçao Diving Guide
Snake Bay at Playa Wachi, Boca Sami, photo courtesy of Wederfoort Apartments

SAMI Scuba Senter

Sami Scuba Senter, founded by Eric Wederfoort in 1955, is the result of his lifelong passion for scuba diving. Tourists from all over the world, divers and non divers alike, have been trained by their professional PADI Instructors and Divemasters.

As the highest rated diving school in Boca Sami, you will discover that it is well equipped with all facilities and an extremely talented, friendly and infinitely patient staff. 

Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes

Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving. Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details and local advice.

Location of Snake Bay at Playa Wachi

Wederfoort Apartments at Snake Bay

Wederfoort Apartments is a beautiful complex overlooking the cliffs at the Snake Bay, in the village Boca Sint Michiel, with view on the Caribbean Sea. Located perfectly, Wederfoort Apartments is less than a 10 minute drive from the airport, supermarkets, banks, and the UNESCO heritage site of Willemstad.

If you are the type of person that wants peace and serenity to enjoy the freedom of shore diving plus exploring the beautiful beaches in Curaçao then Wederfoort Apartments is the perfect place to stay. With 4 beaches within 5 minutes drive, makes this apartment the ideal spot for nature lovers, snorkelers and shore divers.

In fact, Snake Bay is the small beach next to the apartments that has palapas, benches and even the possibility to Barbecue while watching the amazing Curaçao sunsets. There is also sandy beach where you can relax and sunbath or go for a swim, a snorkeling adventure or an easy shore dive.

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

Use the Curaçao Shore Diving Guide to start planning your next Caribbean shore diving adventure in Curacao!