Sponge Forest near Mushroom Forest

Sponge Forest is located near Playa Santa Cruz. This captivating boat diving site is adjacent to the renowned Mushroom Forest and The Blue Room sites. It offers a mesmerizing underwater spectacle, showcasing ancient sponges that have weathered the passage of countless generations. This site is also perfect for divers seeking a unique an immersive experience. Dive here, at Sponge Forest, where a hidden world will unveil itself. A hidden world where the resilience of marine life unfolds against the backdrop of Santa Cruz’s enchanting underwater landscape.


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Boat Diving at Sponge Forest

Dive into the enchanting underwater realm of Sponge Forest near Playa Santa Cruz. This is a captivating boat diving site nestled between the renowned Mushroom Forest and the breathtaking Blue Room in Curaçao. As you descend into the depths, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a mesmerizing tapestry of marine life.

What to Expect

Sponge Forest lives up to its name. Here you will find a vibrant display of sponges. Whether it is Orange Elephant Ear sponges, imposing Gargantuan Barrel sponges, or elegant Purple Stove Pipe sponges. The coral-covered landscape is further enhanced by the presence of Rope, Ball, and encrusting sponges. This creates a rich and diverse ecosystem beneath the waves.

The underwater terrain features a gently sloping wall. It is adorned with these colorful sponges, providing a stunning backdrop for wide-angle photography enthusiasts. Capture the beauty of this underwater forest and showcase some of the most spectacular sponges found in the entire Caribbean. The play of light and shadows against the sponges creates a surreal ambiance. This makes Sponge Forest a paradise for underwater photographers and divers alike.

Explore and Discover

Explore the nooks and crannies of this underwater haven, where marine life thrives in harmony with the vibrant sponges. Encounter a variety of fish species darting among the sponges, creating a lively and dynamic underwater spectacle. Sponge Forest promises a dive experience filled with awe-inspiring sights. This fact makes it a must-visit destination for those seeking the beauty and diversity of Curaçao’s underwater world.

Diver Tip

Discover “The Blue Room”, a perfect place for off-gassing between dives or a snorkel trip.  This an essential Curaçao experience. It is also one of the coolest and most talked about experiences in the entire Caribbean.


Dive Site Recommendations

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

Special Notes


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About the surrounding area near Sponge Forest

Landhuis San Nicolas is a private estate located on the West side of the island with 3 private beaches. Situated on a hill, it offers stunning panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Santa Martha Bay. The pristine natural surroundings of this 300-acre former plantation make it a unique setting.

About Curaçao

Curaçao is home to more than 35 captivating beaches. The island offers a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures with a ‘live and let live’ attitude. Not to mention the unrivaled European architecture. We invite you to explore the capital city, Willemstad which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop and roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping.

Whether it is the natural beauty, pristine diving or the wonderful snorkeling sites; Curaçao is a unique Caribbean destination. Curaçao is also a 365 day destination because it situated outside of the Hurricane Belt.

The Best Dive Sites on the Westside of Curaçao

The “Top Dive Sites of Eastern Curaçao” are littered with wall dives, wreck dives, shore dives, and lush coral gardens. More importantly, these sites have quickly become iconic dive sites in Curaçao. Some of the most sought after dives in the Caribbean. BUT there is another side to Curaçao that deserves exploring too. It is the West side, known to locals as “Banda Abou”. Dive into the Top 10 dive sites in Curaçao!


Location of Sponge Forest


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