Watamula in Westpunt Curaçao
Watamula is arguably the number 1 boat dive in Curaçao and it is located in Westpunt next to Elvin’s Plane Wreck, one of the most famous airplane wrecks in Curaçao.
The North and South moorings of Watamula offer divers an intense and sometimes overwhelming spectacle. Whether you choose north or south, hard coral fields are sandwiched between a beautiful soft coral patch.
At Watamula, you will experience a mind blowing amount of hard and soft coral formations combined with an intense amount of the macro life. All of this plus Ocean Triggerfish, Schools of Chubbs and Porcupine Fish will leave you surfacing wanting more!!
The name Watmaula is derived from the Dutch word “watermolen” meaning water mill. The Northern area of the island is called Watamula, the part of the island that ‘breaths’ according to locals. Many beautiful cliffs, and even a water or sink hole can be found in this area.
How to Dive Watamula in Westpunt
The first question is always, “Can I dive at Watamula from shore?” The answer is yes, of course. However, there are very few – if any – accessible points from shore that would allow you to experience the best parts of Watamula safely. But believe me when I say, divers try all the time. Therefore, the question really should be: “Should I consider diving Watamula from shore?” The answer is no.
Honestly, the best way to experience Watamula is by boat. The crew at GO WEST Diving is highly experienced and will be able to show you the very best sections of Watamula that are simply inaccessible by shore. As mentioned above, the currents are unpredictable at this site which is why this is the number 1 boat dive on Curaçao – aside from Eastpoint of course. So whether you start at the north or south mooring, Watamula is a mind-blowing experience that is a must dive during any scuba diving vacation in Curaçao.
Dive Site Recommendations
- Dive Type: Boat Dive
- Snorkel Site: No
- Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
- Depth: 20 -120ft (6-36m)
Dive Tip: Check the currents because you will never understand what the currents will be doing until you check: sometimes they are flowing North/South, other times South/North and other times they are flowing in a circle!!
Due to unpredictable currents plus recreational & commercial boat traffic, the use of an inflated surface marker buoy at Watamula is highly recommended. Please note, inflated surface markers are mandatory when shore diving any site in Curaçao. Consult GO WEST Diving for additional details & recommendations.
GO WEST Diving at Playa Kalki, Westpunt, Curaçao – Photo courtesy of Rutger Geerling
Location of Watamula
About Westpunt Curaçao
The area of Westpunt is known for excellent scuba diving, and is home to several world class shore diving and boat diving sites including a submerged airplane wreck and beautiful reefs.
Most of tourist accommodation in Westpunt caters to scuba divers and offers excellent infrastructure such as All West Apartments.
For diving services, we highly recommend GO WEST Diving, a Curacao Tourist Board approved Dive Shop located at Playa Kalki in Westpunt.