Curaçao Snorkeling Guide

Snorkeling in Curaçao is a dream for anyone who loves the combination of amazing beaches and the mind blowing diversity that exists along fringing coral reefs. The beaches in Curaçao are absolutely ideal launching points for snorkeling because, within a few fin kicks, they provide easy access to the near by reefs that are teaming with colorful life.

Vacation Tip: Renting a vehicle in Curaçao is highly recommended! By renting a vehicle, you will have the freedom to discover amazing beaches, snorkeling sites and shore diving sites while visiting Curaçao!

Best Snorkeling Beaches in Curaçao



South-east Curaçao Snorkeling Sites

South-east snorkeling sites in Curaçao extend from Klein Curaçao to Kokomo Beach in Vaersenbaai.

Klein Curaçao – small deserted island off the coast of mainland Curaçao (only accessible by boat).


Directors Bay in Caracasbaai

Tugboat Beach in Caracasbaai

Baya Beach in Caracasbaai

Playa Caracasbaai – main public beach


Jan Thiel Beach in Jan Thiel


LionsDive Beach

Mambo Beach Curaçao


Oswaldo’s Drop-off at Sunscape Curaçao Resort

Pierbaai at Marie Pampoen


Piscadera Bay at Dreams Curaçao Resort


Blue Bay Beach and Golf Resort

Snake Bay in Sint Michiel

Boca Sami in Sint Michiel


Kokomo Beach in Vaersenbaai


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North-west Curaçao Snorkeling Sites

North-west snorkeling sites in Curaçao extend from Coral Estates to Playa Kalki in Westpunt.

Rif Sint Marie at Coral Estates Luxury Resort

Daaibooi Bay in Sint Willibroudus

Playa Porto Mari in Sint Willibroudus


Playa Cas Abou (Cas Abao)


San Juan Plantation

Playa Largu

Playa Shon Mosa

Playa Manzalina

Playa Chiki


Playa Hundu in Soto

Playa Santa Martha in Soto


The Blue Room, Santa Cruz Plantation

Black Sand Beach (Playa Santu Pretu), Santa Cruz Plantation


Playa Lagun in the village of Lagun

Playa Jeremi near the village of Lagun


Kenepa Plantation

Kleine Kenepa (Small Knip)

Grote Kenepa (Big Knip)


Playa Forti, Westpunt

Playa Piskadó (Playa Grandi) at All West Apartments in Westpunt

Alice in Wonderland at GO WEST Diving, Playa Kalki in Westpunt


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Amazing Curaçao Experiences

While snorkeling in Curacao it will not unusual to see large bait balls, schools of colorful parrotfish, tangs, Sargent Majors and of course sea turtles, to name a few – and you will of course be guaranteed to see unique coral formations like brain coral and giant sea fans.

Palagics are not a guarantee on any snorkel or dive trip but you might be just lucky enough to encounter rarer marine species such as stingrays, eagle rays, or even a giant manta ray!

If snorkeling around shipwrecks, such as the famous Tugboat, is more your speed – no worries!  Curaçao has a few wonderful wrecks to discover that lie on white sandy plateaus. Here you might see scurrying crabs, branching corals and colorful sponges plus possible schools of garden eels sticking their heads out the sand.

Whatever you may be looking for, generally you will find it all under the water in Curaçao.

Your Next Caribbean Adventure Awaits!

Start packing your mask, fins, and your thirst for a snorkeling adventure as you consider traveling to Curacao. WHY? Because we believe that Curaçao is an incredible Dutch Caribbean island that is a world class scuba diving, snorkeling and vacation destination!


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