There is plenty of things to do, dive into the trips and activities on Curacao to embrace Curaçao’s authentic, unforgettable spirit.
Largest of the ABC (including Aruba and Bonaire) Islands, Curaçao is home to some of the most bio-diverse reefs in the Caribbean. The sheltered southern coast is rich in coral, and suitable for divers of all levels, with little in the way of adverse conditions at any of the popular dive sites. Divers and snorkelers never seem to be able to stop talking about the beauty of scuba diving Curacao. Let us assure you this is with good reason.
We like to think there is no place in the world offering such great shore dives, boat dives or opportunities to enjoy the beauty of sea’s nature while snorkeling. But honestly, as you could imagine, we are a little biased. So, we have compiled the Top 10 Reasons to Dive Curacao from an international list of travel writers, bloggers and media outlets to help us out and provide you with a fantastic overview of our beautiful island, located in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.
Though this little Dutch Caribbean island is best known for its colourful colonial waterfront in Willemstad, too few know about the rainbow of vibrant coral and marine life under its waters. So, don’t wait, dive into the vast array of trips and activities available to embrace Curaçao’s authentic, unforgettable spirit.
There is plenty of things to do Curacao, dive into the snorkeling trips and tours to feel it for yourself.
The Blue Room – an Essential Curaçao Experience
This is the perfect place for off gassing between dives or just enjoying one of the many snorkel trips offered! Located next to Mushroom Forest, the Blue Room is easily explored by snorkeling through a narrow opening that reveal a large air-filled chamber lit up by the sun reflecting off the white sandy plateau in front of the opening… creating a brilliant glow of ambient light in vivid blue!! Inside the “room” you will discover schooling glass-eyed sweepers, lobster, and hordes of silversides! Occasionally you might even get buzzed by fruit bats!!
Located in just 5 meters (15ft) of water, this famous tugboat was wrecked just a few yards offshore in a protected bay of Caracassbaai. This site is perfect for divers as well as snorkelers. Easy to access and easy to find a plethora of critters such as seahorses, octopus, lobsters, napping scorpion fish and the odd nudibranch if you can find it!! The tugboat is overgrown with tube sponges and coral and is home to a variety of colorful reef fish too. The resident Majestic blue Parrot Fish and Yellow Tail Snappers guard this site.
Though this little Dutch Caribbean island is best known for its colourful colonial waterfront in Willemstad, too few know about the rainbow of vibrant coral and marine life under its waters. So, don’t wait, dive into the vast array of snorkeling trips and tours available to embrace Curaçao’s authentic, unforgettable spirit.
Curacao is full of unlimited shore diving adventures and a unique haven for divers looking to take the advantage of a more leisurely schedule.
According to ShoreDiving.com, Curaçao has thirty-eight dive sites accessible by beach that have an average diver rating of 3.8 out of 5. Given the average vacation is only seven days, and you need one full day in between diving and flying home, you have six world class shore dives you can hit every single day of your trip. On top of that each site is unique, so shore diving Curacao offers no shortage of exploration opportunities.
Curaçao is surrounded by more than 104 sq. km (40 sq. miles) of some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean, but has remained off radar for most diving enthusiasts. These healthy fringing reef systems are attracting all kinds of marine life visitors, and hopefully more human visitors now too.
When it comes to discovering Curacao, please try not to limit your experience to either the East or West because there is so much incredible magic that is happening just below the waterline. In order to truly uncover this “best-kept secret of the Caribbean” you will need to take giant stride in, to plunge yourself into the warm turquoise waters. But, be prepared for your senses to be overwhelmed by a 360-degree kaleidoscope of intense colour and abundant life.
The only thing better than easy shore access, is having a knowledgeable & responsible dive operator available to take care of your every need. At a good number of the popular sites along the coast you will find a Curaçao Tourist Board approved dive shop serving that area. Use the Curacao Dive Guide and ask to see the “Curaçao Tourist Board Approved” quality check to ensure when visiting the Island, you dive with only the best!
So, pack your mask, fins, dive computer, certification card and your thirst for unlimited shore diving adventures because down here in Curaçao, the only bad shore dive is the dive you don’t go on!
The western side of Curaçao stretches from Bullenbaai, near St. Willibrordus to the north west fishing village of Westpunt, the home to some of the best boat diving and shore diving with GO WEST Diving Curacao. Along this rugged and ancient coastline, you will discover some of the best beaches in the Caribbean such as Cas Abao and the famous Kenepa Plantation. These world class locations, among others, provide you with an exceptional opportunity for incredible shore diving and snorkeling. However, this is just to get your feet wet because to truly “sea” the BEST of the WEST, then you need to dive into these essential dive experiences to feel it for yourself!
Go West Diving Curacao is well recognized as one of Curacao’s premiere PADI dive operations and serves many of the accommodation options in the Westpunt area including its sister company, All West Apartments and Diving.
Curaçao unarguably offers great shore diving, but if you want to visit some of the very best dive sites the island, you’ll want to get there by boat.
Go West Diving offers daily boat trips to sites which are hard to get to or impossible to reach from shore. The most well-known of these is Mushroom Forest. This expansive area of coral flats is named for the striking mushroom shaped coral formations. This is one of the top dive sites of Curacao and one we often visit twice each week. Most life is found around the 40ft/12m to 50ft/14m mark where gigantic mountainous star coral formations are still evident and attract giant moray eels, porcupine fish, barracuda and lobster.
The most northern dive site we visit, Watamula, is only 5 minutes away by boat. It offers spectacular healthy formations of hard corals, a soft coral-garden and a large variety of marine life.
That’s why we say: GO WEST… to the BEST!!