Water Factory at Fisherman’s Wharf

Located at the captivating Fisherman’s Wharf in Koredor, Curaçao, just west of Otrobanda, the Water Factory dive site beckons adventure seekers to explore its underwater wonders. Known for its vibrant marine life and crystal-clear waters, this enchanting destination offers divers a mesmerizing experience beneath the surface. From intricate coral formations to schools of colorful fish, the Water Factory promises an unforgettable journey into the depths of the Caribbean Sea, making it a must-visit for diving enthusiasts.

Scuba Diving at the Water Factory in Curaçao

Welcome to the enchanting underwater realm of The Water Factory dive site, located beside the renowned Double Reef dive site near the new Mangrove Beach Resort in Curaçao. Situated in proximity to the Superior Producer and the backside of Curaçao’s main water desalination plant, The Water Factory offers a unique and captivating diving experience.

The Approach

As you approach the site, you’ll encounter a charming fishermen’s village with small wooden houses along the water, creating a picturesque backdrop to your diving adventure. The easiest access point to the water is on the left-hand side of the last two houses, where an asphalt path guides you to the entry point. To the left lies a small harbor, while the right features a quaint rubble beach—a perfect starting point for your underwater exploration.

The Underwater Landscape

Once submerged, you’ll discover the allure of The Water Factory lies in its stunning underwater landscape. The site boasts two vertical walls adorned with numerous holes, creating a habitat that beckons a diverse array of marine life. Green moray eels are a common sight, adding an extra layer of excitement to your dive.

The underwater terrain varies from gradual slopes to occasional steep drops, providing a diverse and visually striking seascape. Coral density increases between 10 and 20 meters, with an abundance of soft coral and sponges above 15 meters. Beyond 20 meters, the coral density remains moderate, offering a balanced and visually captivating dive experience.

Dive Planning

Embark on a 20-minute journey to the East (left from the water entrance) to encounter the first wall, extending from above 10 meters down to around 15 meters. Large, deep holes, reminiscent of caves, dot the bottom and invite exploration, especially during the return leg of your dive.

Continuing on, after 25 minutes, you’ll reach the second wall, spanning from approximately 18 meters to around 24 meters. This section adds depth and dimension to your underwater adventure, creating a dynamic and immersive experience. The Water Factory dive site promises a memorable exploration of Curaçao’s marine wonders, making it a must-visit destination for diving enthusiasts.

Traveler Tip: Do you want to eat freshly caught fish from a local restaurant in Willemstad Curaçao? Then you need to visit Kas di Piskadó Purunchi in Koredor, next to the shore entrance of the Water Factory. They have transformed their fisherman’s house into an unique place on the water where you can enjoy local Krioyo cuisine in an open-air environment.

Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat diving / Shore diving
  • Snorkel Site: No
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 20 -120ft (6-36m)

Special Notes

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A CARMABI Experimental Location

The Water Factory at Fisherman’s Wharf is one of three reef sites in proximity to the CARMABI marine biological station that were selected as experimental locations. Sites were chosen based on their close proximity to each other, yet encompass a range in reef characteristics based on previous surveys of Curaçao’s reef health by CARMABI scientists.

Site Selection

The three reef sites were chosen for the study based on their proximity to each other and their varying reef characteristics, as determined by prior surveys conducted by CARMABI scientists.

Acoustic Differences

Preliminary sound recordings revealed differences in acoustic characteristics, such as sound pressure levels and frequency content, between the chosen reef sites.

Coral Settlement Differences

The number of larvae settled in chambers isolating acoustic cues varied among the different reef sites. The study found a correlation between the differences in sound levels and reef characteristics and the number of larvae settled.

Impact of Soundscapes on Coral Settlement

The loudest reef site was found to generate significantly higher larval settlement during trials compared to the quietest site, with a 29.5% increase in settlement.

Significance of Findings

The results suggest that underwater soundscapes play a crucial role in influencing coral settlement patterns. Acoustic cues associated with reef habitats were found to be related to larval settlement.

Implications for Marine Ecosystems

The study contributes to the growing body of evidence indicating that soundscapes have a measurable impact on marine ecosystems. In this case, the influence extends to early life history processes of foundation species, such as coral.

In summary, the study highlights the importance of underwater soundscapes in influencing coral larval settlement, providing valuable insights into the factors that contribute to the health and dynamics of coral reef ecosystems.

Learn more about: Variation in habitat soundscape characteristics influences settlement of a reef-building coral

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