Sweet Bottom near Jan Thiel Beach
The Sweet Bottom dive site is located between Sandys Plateau and Jan Thiel Beach. This seldom-explored dive site unveils a mesmerizing underwater realm off the coast. As a hidden gem, it not only captivates with its stunning marine landscapes, but also serves as a vital coral restoration and out-planting site. The work is diligently overseen by Reef Renewal Curaçao. As a haven for boat diving enthusiasts, Sweet Bottom promises an extraordinary underwater adventure. You are inviting to witness the thriving marine life and contribute to the preservation of this pristine aquatic ecosystem.
Boat Diving at Sweet Bottom
Welcome to Sweet Bottom, a hidden gem nestled between Sandy’s Plateau and Jan Thiel Beach. This dive site offers a unique and rarely visited diving experience off the coast of Curaçao. Additionally, this captivating dive site not only boasts stunning underwater landscapes but also plays a vital role in coral restoration and out-planting initiatives managed by Reef Renewal Curaçao.
Divers at Sweet Bottom have the opportunity to witness the beauty of an underwater sanctuary that remains off the beaten path, providing a serene and exclusive diving experience. The site’s strategic location between Sandy’s Plateau and Jan Thiel makes it a haven for marine life, offering glimpses of vibrant corals, colorful fish, and other captivating underwater species.
Coral Restoration Site
What sets Sweet Bottom apart is its role as a focal point for coral conservation efforts led by Reef Renewal Curaçao. This non-profit organization is dedicated to restoring and preserving the precious coral reefs in the region. As a diver, you are not just a visitor but an integral part of a larger mission to support sustainable dive tourism in Curaçao.
One unique way to actively contribute to the conservation efforts at Sweet Bottom is by participating in the “Adopt a Coral” program offered by Reef Renewal Curaçao. By adopting a coral at this site, you directly contribute to the restoration work undertaken by the organization. This hands-on involvement allows you to witness the tangible impact of your donation and the positive effects of supporting a coral restoration program.
Support Reef Renewal Curaçao
Reef Renewal Curaçao relies on the generosity of individual donors and sponsors to continue their hard and labor-intensive work. By adopting a coral at Sweet Bottom, you not only enhance your diving experience but also become a steward of the underwater environment. This contributes to the long-term health and sustainability of Curaçao’s reefs.
Embark on a journey beneath the waves at Sweet Bottom, where your passion for diving meets a commitment to conservation. Dive in, explore, and make a difference in the future of Curaçao’s marine ecosystem.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Boat diving
- Snorkel Site: No
- Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
- Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)
- Please dive responsibly in Curaçao.
- Explore the top 10 eco-diving tips for Curaçao.
- Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving or drift diving.
- Discover essential Shore Diving Safety Tips.
- Consult Ocean Encounters for additional details & recommendations.
Reef Renewal Curaçao at Sweet Bottom
The coral restoration work by Reef Renewal Curaçao starts at the coral nurseries by hanging fragments of Staghorn and Elkhorn corals on coral trees, then letting them grow.
- Growing corals in this way is much faster than in the wild. The corals are suspended in the middle of the water column with a constant stream of nutrients passing by and closer to the sunlight. Both of these factors means the corals are in optimum conditions to grow.
- A collection of these coral trees (any from 4 – 10) make up what we call a coral nursery. We have 8 nurseries around the island of Curacao, made up of a total of 55 trees.
The out-plants can be seen all over the island. Contact Reef Renewal Curaçao for more information. Inquire about the ongoing projects at LionsDive Beach Resort, Pierbaai, Director’s Bay, Kontiki Beach Resort, Baoase Luxury Resort and the Avila Beach Hotel.
The vision of Reef Renewal Curacao (RRC) is to help create a future where the shallow water reef systems of Curaçao are no longer threatened and, ocean stewardship and protecting our coral reefs is at the heart of Curaçao’s culture.
Protecting the Coral Reefs in Curaçao
All aspects of our island depend on coral reefs. The existence of coral reefs is intertwined into much of the infrastructure and revenue on the island. However, these coral reefs are threatened by human impacts and reef restoration is only part of the solution.
For us to effectively build back and restore the shallow water reef systems of Curaçao, we need the support of a variety of stakeholders and government officials.
We need to take the importance of coral reefs out of the water and make it something that is valued by the whole community of Curaçao. Dive for a Purpose with Reef Renewal Curacao!