Sweet Alice at Playa Forti in Westpunt

Located in Westpunt, at the far northwest end of Curaçao, the Sweet Alice dive site beckons adventure seekers. You are invited to explore this vibrant underwater world at the historical Playa Forti landmark. The site is set against the picturesque backdrop of the fishing village of Westpunt. It offers not only captivating marine life for divers and snorkelers but also treats visitors to breathtaking sunsets. Sweet Alice promises a unique blend of historical charm and natural beauty. This makes this a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable aquatic experience.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling at Sweet Alice

Welcome to Sweet Alice, a captivating shore diving site located in the heart of Westpunt, right at Playa Forti. Renowned for its breathtaking sunsets, this scenic location offers a unique underwater experience just waiting to be explored.

Where to Park

To reach Sweet Alice, park your vehicle in the lot at the top of the cliffs. Then descend the stairs to the water’s edge. The dive site is situated approximately 35 feet below the picturesque cliffs. It is a short swim away from the sandy shores of Playa Forti.

Be Responsible when Shore Diving and Snorkeling

While Sweet Alice is not ideal for snorkeling due to boat traffic, it promises an exceptional diving adventure. The underwater landscape begins at around 30 feet, gradually descending to an impressive depth of approximately 120 feet. Choose your direction wisely based on the current, as both offer rewarding underwater vistas.

Plan your Adventure

Despite the occasional unpredictability of currents, they are generally light, allowing for a comfortable dive experience. The fringing reef at Sweet Alice is a thriving ecosystem. It showcases Sea Whips, Sea Rods, Cup Corals, and exquisite Plate Corals along the gentle wall.

What to Expect

As you explore the depths, be on the lookout for the diverse marine life that calls Sweet Alice home. Encounter Moray eels gracefully navigating the reef. Spotted Drums add a touch of color while Hamlets dart through the corals. Additionally, be on the lookout for Sea Turtles gliding through the clear waters.

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a snorkeling enthusiast, Sweet Alice promises an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss the chance to witness the wonders that await beneath the surface. Most importantly, remember to take time to witness the enchanting sunsets that make this dive site truly magical.

Diving and Snorkeling Tip

The volcanic black sand can get very hot, so don’t forget your booties. Enter at the beach and swim straight out to the drop-off, about 150 yards from shore. It is recommended to do a surface swim to conserve air for your dive and for the return trip.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Shore diving
  • Snorkel Site: Yes
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 0 -120ft (0 – 36m)

Special Notes

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Playa Forti in Westpunt

Westpunt is the name of the westernmost point of Curaçao. It is also the name of the small fishing village where Playa Forti is located.

On Curaçao’s northernmost point lies Watamula. It lies two kilometres northeast of the village. Close by you will find the incredible coral beaches of Playa Kalki, Playa Piskádo, Grote Knip and Kleine Knip.

Westpunt is known for excellent scuba diving and GO WEST Diving is the recommended dive shop in the area.. It is home to several incredible shore diving and and boat diving sites. Most of tourist accommodation in Westpunt caters to scuba divers and offers excellent infrastructure such All West Apartments.

Restaurant at Playa Forti

This restaurant was built in 1958 on the ruins of a fortress, constructed by the English, during the Napoleonic era. The original canons in front of the restaurant still reflect that adventurous period. This beautiful and historic site, high up on the rocks, offers the visitor a superb view of Westpunt. The location also provides a a venue to witness wonderful sunset views.

Playa Forti Restaurant serves a variety of local and international dishes. The specialties include red snapper à la Curaçao, stewed goat, tenderloin and even cheeseburgers. Playa Forti invites you to try the fantastic Pina coladas while enjoying the sunset.

Top 5 Dive Sites in Western Curacao

The West side is a bucolic haven for boat and shore diving that offers near perfect conditions year-round.  The calmness of the area is due to the natural shielding. Generally, the easterly trade winds are blocked by the mountain range running through the middle of the Christoffel National Park.

There are numerous dive sites along the western coastline. We would highly recommend discovering these world class scuba diving locations. These sites, such as Watamula or Mushroom Forest, offer you exceptional boat diving, shore diving and even snorkeling opportunities.

However, this is just to get your feet wet. To truly “sea” the BEST of the WEST, then you need to dive into these essential dive experiences.

Location of Sweet Alice

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