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Sustainable Dive Tourism in Curacao

Dive Tourism in Curacao

Dive Curaçao from the very beginning, was originally created to be a complete online resource platform for dive tourism in Curacao. Our mission is simple – continually deliver the most comprehensive Curacao diving guide that allows you, whether you are a local or a tourist, the ability to truly discover our beautiful Dutch Caribbean island – above and below the waterline.

But Why?  Because Curaçao, the largest of the ABC (including Aruba and Bonaire) Islands, is still relatively unknown as a world class dive vacation destination, especially in North America.  Therefore our goal is to not only create awareness of our “hidden gem” but it also includes building an atmosphere that both educates and fosters the enjoyment of sharing the amazing underwater experiences that are available in Curaçao.

The fact is that some of the most bio-diverse reefs in the Caribbean exist right here in Curaçao. 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.

The main focus of Dive Curaçao will always be centered on scuba diving. But Curaçao is a very unique island that offers travelers so much more than the typical Caribbean “eat, sleep and dive” vacation destination because history, culture, language, food, music and on-island events play a major role for our island too.

There is no denying that Scuba Diving in Curacao is the number one thing to DO – but of course there are plenty of things to do in Curacao and no right way to experience any of them. We honestly invite to explore the endless possibilities here in Curacao so that you can make our island your own experience while embracing our authentic and certainly unforgettable spirit.

Supporting Sustainable Tourism in Curacao
Bryan Horne, Founder of Dive Curacao

Investing in Sustainable Dive Tourism in Curacao

Global media platforms largely overuse the phrase “sustainable tourism” to create buzz for brands and destinations alike that simply want to “green wash” and now “blue wash” you into thinking your support could have a lasting effect on our global fight against environmental issues. Whether the issues are coral reef degradation, plastic pollution, global warming, excreta – the list is literally endless, right? But we can only control, what we can control within our bubble and that is one of major reasons that Dive Travel Curaçao exists today.

Honestly, from a private sector point of view, if we do nothing to support the environment here in Curaçao we will not be able to deliver you exceptional dive travel and vacation experiences in the future.

Therefore we are committed to support and continually invest in sustainable tourism initiatives that truly make a difference for Curaçao, not only from an environmental perspective but also from a socio-economic perspective too. But, we are only able to do that because of your trusting patronage and your unrelenting desire to dive here in Curaçao.

Sustainable Tourism Partnerships

Dive Curaçao and Dive Travel Curaçao proudly has developed sustainable tourism partnerships with Reef Renewal Curaçao, Stream2Sea, the Caribbean Shark Coalition, the PADI AWARE Foundation, and so many more.

These sustainable tourism partnerships in collaboration with the Best Curaçao dive operators and the Best dive accommodations has created a symbiotic relationship that allows Dive Travel Curaçao to offer the best overall value on dive vacation packages that includes supporting the fringing coral reefs of Curaçao for future generations.

Supporting Coral Restoration in Curacao

“At the heart of Dive Curaçao and now, Dive Travel Curaçao, is an unwavering commitment to provide exceptional value, high quality and personalized service to ensure that you, as our client, can have the opportunity for the best Curaçao experience, above and below the waterline”, says Bryan Horne, the Managing Director.

To further underline this commitment he says; “our coral reefs are a vital component of our island’s tourism product, therefore we are also proud to announce that 1% of Dive Travel Curaçao’s net annual proceeds will be donated to Reef Renewal Curaçao so they can re-invest it in restoring corals for the future of Curaçao.”

“The significance of Reef Renewal Curaçao (RRC) is that together as a community here on Curaçao, we are restoring our shallow water reef system while educating our youth about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural ecosystem,” according to Pol Bosch, Operations Manager of RRC, who adds: “I am proud of Dive Travel Curacao’s commitment for coral restoration and believe that supporting initiatives like this further solidify a natural path to sustainability for future generations.”

PADI AWARE Foundation in Curacao

Reefs worldwide are facing threats including climate change, overfishing, water pollution and marine debris from human waste like single use plastics. While the effects of climate change must be addressed on a global scale, local communities can give their reefs the best chance of survival.  They can start by reducing pressures such as fishing responsibly and reducing land-based pollution that is entering the ocean.

Many Caribbean reefs, like those in Curaçao stand a good chance of surviving if local pressures can be minimized. Several organizations on the island are working diligently to help restore and protect Curacao’s reefs by tackling these issues.

“The diving community in Curacao are true leaders in the fight to protect what we love. Together dive centers on the island have united to protect their local dive sites from the onslaught of trash. They realize that conservation cannot be done in isolation and that it takes the collaborative efforts of all to really make change.” says Jack Fishman, PADI AWARE Foundation

Project AWARE on Curacao - Protecting What We Love | Dive Curaçao

Plastic pollution is affecting the oceans across the world, and some reports estimate that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Marine life like fish, birds and sea turtles can mistake plastic for food and eventually starve or become entangled and suffocate.  Sadly, many islands did not take-action quickly enough and their reef systems have collapsed. Collapsed reef systems result in losses in tourism, fishing revenue, floods, deteriorated water quality, and less resistance to storms.  Luckily, Curacao still has the chance to protect itself if action is taken immediately.

Stream2Sea in Curacao

Dive Curacao is a proud partner of Stream2Sea and Caribbean Organic Beauty, trusted eco-conscious brands, that offers reef safe biodegradable sunscreen and body-care products that are backed by the most thorough testing for coral and aquatic safety in the industry.

Stream2Sea sunscreen and body care products are completely reef safe and biodegradable.  In fact, Stream2Sea is the FIRST and the ONLY brand that “walks the talk” to ensure that all their sunscreen, skincare and body care products do not contain Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Octocrylene. To ensure this, rigorous testing is conducted to prove their products are safe to fishes and coral larvae (Protect Land + Sea Certified)!

Stream2Sea Curacao | Reef Safe Sunscreen & More | Dive Travel Curacao

To underline our commitment to sustainable tourism, Dive Travel Curacao now offers you a complimentary  Stream2Sea travel sized sunscreen with every dive vacation package so you can protect yourself against the raw elements and protect the coral reef against toxic ingredients.

Stream2Sea Curacao | Dive Travel Curacao

Dive in and let Dive Travel Curaçao help you discover this world class scuba diving destination and preserve it at the same time, so you can continually “feel it for yourself”! Because Curaçao is an incredible Dutch Caribbean island worth protecting!

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