Deep Diving in Curaçao with the Curasub

Are you interested in deep diving in a Submarine where you can visit shipwrecks and uncharted coral reefs that lie below recreational scuba diving limits? Have you ever wondered what life exists in the deep dark recesses of the Caribbean Sea? Do you have a dream, of becoming an underwater explorer, to venture beyond the traditional “sunlight zone” of our oceans or seas to penetrate the “twilight zone”?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you certainly should consider a deep submersible diving tour here in Curaçao, in the Curasub, with Substation Curaçao!

Deep Submersible Diving Tours with Substation Curaçao

Explore these thrilling Submersible Dive Experiences that will create a lifelong memory of your dive vacation here in Curaçao. Diving in the Curasub, at Substation Curaçao, offers you the perfect opportunity to explore life beneath the surface. They offer a range of exciting submersible diving experiences into deep waters- ranging from 137 meters (450 feet) to 305 meters (1,000 feet).

These experiences provide participants with a fascinating first-hand look at stunning deep-sea life and historical shipwrecks. Below you can find an overview of the different experience that we offer with the different options.

Embark on the Curasub Wreck Dive, a unique deep-sea adventure with Substation Curaçao to explore the Stella Maris shipwreck at 450 feet.

Curasub Explorer Dive with Substation Curaçao is a one and a half hour deep-sea adventure that takes passengers on a 650ft (200m) “Beauty Run” to the twilight zone.

Curasub Research Dive with Substation Curaçao is more than just a dive; it is an opportunity to join a scientific expedition, explore uncharted territories, and possibly make new discoveries.



Deep Diving Tours with the Curasub

Wreck Dive

The Curasub Wreck Dive plunges to a depth of 450 feet (137 meters), where divers can explore a sunken vessel teeming with marine life. At this depth, the Stella Maris Shipwreck has become an artificial reef, attracting a variety of deep-sea species that are rarely seen by humans.

The experience of diving to such a profound depth in a submarine is exhilarating, as the darkness and pressure of the deep sea create an atmosphere of awe and mystery. This dive is perfect for those who are fascinated by shipwrecks and the history they hold, offering a unique perspective on underwater archaeology and marine biology.

Explorer Dive

Going even deeper, the Curasub Explorer Dive reaches an impressive 650 feet (198 meters). This dive is designed for those who crave the thrill of the unknown and the chance to see marine life in its natural habitat at extraordinary depths. The marine biodiversity at this level is astounding, with species that are rarely seen near the surface.

The Curasub’s large acrylic windows provide a crystal-clear view of the underwater world, allowing passengers to witness the beauty and complexity of deep-sea ecosystems. This dive is particularly appealing to those with a passion for marine biology and ecology, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of deep-sea creatures.

Research Dive

For the ultimate deep-sea adventure, the Curasub Research Dive take explorers to a staggering depth of 1000 feet (305 meters). These dives are not only a testament to the advanced engineering of the Curasub but also to the pioneering spirit of human exploration. At this depth, the environment is entirely different from what most people will ever experience. The light from the surface barely penetrates, and the pressure is immense, creating a unique and otherworldly atmosphere.

The Research Dives are often conducted in collaboration with marine scientists, making them an excellent opportunity for those interested in contributing to the understanding of deep-sea environments. Participants in these dives may observe and even assist in scientific research, adding a sense of purpose and discovery to the adventure.


Ready to Dive Deep in Curaçao?

Exploring the depths of the Caribbean Sea, with Substation Curaçao is a submarine adventure worth exploring where you will have an opportunity to dive into a world that only a handful of people have ventured before.

When you are on Curaçao next, consider these Curasub submarine adventures with Substation Curaçao. These deep dives will turn your dreams of becoming a Deep-Sea Explorer into a reality! Plus, these are bucket list experiences that you will not soon forget!

“The beauty of these incredible dives is the kaleidoscope of color & the unexpected variety of life that you will encounter well beyond the recreational scuba diving limits.  It is another world that exists on these deep reefs and this is your chance for a trip into an inner space to observe an incredible world only a few know.  Truly, it is another world of life, wonder and amazement.”

Tico Christiaan, Curasub Pilot

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Deep Research at Substation Curaçao

Another aspect of this Curacao adventure that keeps researchers occupied exploring the depths is monitoring these deeper reefs.  Marine Biologists are discovering what the effects are of influencing factors like climate change, acidification, pollution and invasive species have on ecosystems in greater depths.

According to NOAA, a “whopping 95 percent of the oceans on our planet are completely unexplored”

Simultaneously they are also trying to find out in what way the deeper reefs might affect the recovery capacity of the shallow reefs.

“Earth is an ocean planet full of amazing life forms that have adapted to every imaginable condition. It is up to each of us to protect this vital resource. Our lives really do depend on it.” says Carole Baldwin, Lead Smithsonian marine biologist for the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP)

DROP Program

The deep reef research being conducted by the Smithsonian Deep Reef Observation Program (DROP) is open to the public and on display inside the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park for those who are interested.

More importantly though, you can immerse yourself into this Curacao adventure at Substation Curacao to learn more about the 50 + new species that have been discovered since launching the Curasub in 2000.

The Curasub is a specifically designed 5-person submarine built by a Canadian company called Nuytco Research Ltd.  It is equipped with the latest technology and certified to the highest international safety standards (ISO) allowing Substation Curacao to offer you an experience, by exploring the depths of Curacao, that only rivals a journey into outer space.

This type of documented exploration & discoveries is producing dynamic results that are now being published in major scientific journals.


Dedicated Curaçao Postage Stamps

On June 14th, 2019; almost 5 years after the presentation of a series of postage stamps dedicated to unique fishes discovered in the deep reefs of Curaçao, Cpost International, the Curacao Postal Service and Substation Curacao unveiled ten new stamps depicting invertebrates discovered on the deep reefs of Curaçao.

Deep Diving in a Submarine with Substation Curaçao

Deep Diving in a Submarine with Substation Curaçao
Provided courtesy of Substation Curaçao

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