Sponge Forest near Mushroom Forest
Sponge Forest is a beautiful boat dive located between Mushroom Forest and the Blue Room. This Curaçao dive site is littered with Orange Elephant Ear sponges, Gargantuan Barrel sponges, and Purple Stove Pipe sponges. Not to mention all sorts of Rope, Ball and encrusting sponges.
These colorful sponges adorn the sides of the sloping wall allowing some great wide-angle photo opportunities that boasts some of the most spectacular sponges in all of the Caribbean.
Diver Tip: Discover the Blue Room which is the perfect place for off-gassing between dives or a snorkel trip. This an essential Curacao experience that is now one of the coolest and most talked about experiences in the entire Caribbean.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Boat
- Snorkel Site: No
- Experience Level: Drift / Advanced (Min)
- Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)
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 & recommendations.
Location of Sponge Forest
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.
Curaçao speaks to the curious explorer in us all!
Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture; Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands of the region. Explore the capital city, Willemstad — a UNESCO World Heritage site — with its iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop and roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping.
Curaçao’s natural beauty, pristine diving and snorkeling sites are a favorite with divers and adventure seekers, and its beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition.
The Best Dive Sites on the Westside of Curaçao
The “Top Dive Sites of Eastern Curaçao” that are littered with wall dives, wreck dives, shore dives, and lush coral gardens. More importantly though, these sites have quickly become not only Curaçao icons, but also some of 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”.
So let’s dive into the Top 10 dive sites in Curaçao to give you a complete perspective on the world class diving that awaits you!