Curaçao Apartments and Villas
At the heart Dive Travel Curacao is a passionate commitment to provide you exceptional value, high quality and personalized service. Apartments and Villas is an an ideal Curaçao vacation choice for divers on a more leisurely schedule for the best diving in the Caribbean.
All West Apartments and Diving
Since 1996, All West Apartments & Diving has been located in the small fishing village of “Westpunt”, Curaçao. They are known for diving freedom with their relaxed Sleep, Drive and Dive Packages, a nice atmosphere and the individual care of their guests. With over 70 incredible dive sites to choose from, Playa Piskádo, the beach below the apartments is one of those perfect places to swim, snorkel with turtles and of course, shore dive the famous “Neptune’s Kingdom“.
About Westpunt, Curaçao
Westpunt is known for excellent scuba diving, and is home to several shore and boat dive sites including a submerged airplane wreck and beautiful reefs. Most of tourist accommodation in Westpunt caters to scuba divers and offers excellent infrastructure such All West Apartments and Diving. GO WEST Diving, is the onsite recommended Dive Operator.
Casa Watamula Curaçao
Casa Watamula, a 8,330 sq.ft. home, is a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living spaces located on a cliff overlooking the argueably #1 boat dive on Curacao’s west coast, Watamula, near the village of Westpunt Curacao. It has an amazing overflow swimming pool and breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Full privacy in a gated community, also great for vacation rentals!
About Westpunt, Curaçao
Westpunt is known for excellent scuba diving, and is home to several shore and boat dive sites including a submerged airplane wreck and beautiful reefs. Most of tourist accommodation in Westpunt caters to scuba divers and offers excellent infrastructure such Casa Watamula Curaçao. GO WEST Diving, is the onsite recommended Dive Operator.
GO WEST Diving
GO WEST Diving is one of Curacao’s most reputable, full service PADI dive operations. From shore diving to boat diving, dive courses to snorkeling tours, GO WEST Diving offers it all. An added bonus? It provides these services in a truly idyllic setting.
GO WEST... to the BEST!
Go West Diving is located at Playa Kalki towards the western end of the island of Curaçao, a full-service dive centre with All West Apartments and Diving close by. Boat dives are available to several locations, including Mushroom Forest, one of Curaçao’s best dive spots, or simply enjoy the dive centre’s own house reef at Alice in Wonderland. Vehicle rental to explore the island and other shore diving sites is also available.
Boat Diving Adventures
Of the island’s 70 dive sites you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad one. From an abundance of sea turtles to some of the most vibrant coral you’ll find anywhere in the world, to wrecks both deep and shallow, there’s something for everyone to experience here.
One Day will not be Enough!
Regardless of where you choose to stay, the decision should not be to dive either East or West, the decision should be to discover all of Curaçao (warning: many attempts may be necessary but easier now using the Curacao Dive Guide) to truly uncover the magic that lies below the waterline. Because there is a depth to our Dutch Caribbean island that you really do need to feel for yourself.
Unlimited Shore Diving Adventures
In a sport where you often must charter a boat to see the best of the underwater world, Curacao is a unique shore diving haven for divers looking to take the advantage of a more leisurely schedule.
Easy Shore Access
On the south side of the island, the fringing reef in most cases is within 60-feet (20m) from the shoreline which leads to incredible drop offs that allow divers to venture a little bit deeper into the aquatic wonderland. Of the seventy popular dive sites the island has available, over half of them are reachable from the shore, and nearly all these shore dive sites are clearly marked along the road way.
Snorkeling Trips and Tours
About one-third of the southern coast of Curaçao is Curaçao Underwater Marine Park, a protected marine park, with a couple of wrecks, wall diving, and more. Curaçao is the perfect place for every level of snorkelers at all ages to explore the easily accessible, and abundant, marine life found in these crystal-clear waters.
Essential Snorkeling Experiences
For snorkelers, one of the most popular spots is the famous sunken tugboat of Caracasbaai located in only 5 meters (15-feet) of water or the breathtaking Blue Room near Santa Cruz. Another essential experience for divers and snorkelers alike is a boat trip to Klein Curaçao where you can explore healthy hard and soft corals, not to mention lots of other marine life.
Events and Festivals
Dive right into a year long schedule of incredible Curacao Events and Festivals including the amazing Flavors of Curacao… where you will discover authentic tastes combined with a colorful history and diverse cultural heritage are the perfect mix to make your mouth water… especially after a mind blowing day of scuba diving!!
Curaçao is Unique and Different!
Curaçao is unique and clearly distinguishing itself from other world class destinations by focusing on not only the blue factors but also highlighting the topside richness of our island so you can feel it for yourself, to experience the true essence of Curacao through the culture, language, music, history and a deeply rooted community passion for the environment.
Jump aboard a catamaran or charter a baby yacht and enjoy a boat trip to Klein Curaçao where you can spend the morning snorkeling or swimming in the bright blue waters off the beach, or suntanning in one of the public palapas. Your captain will be preparing a bbq feast for lunch, complete with a choice of beverages. You will then finish the day cruising back to the mainland of Curaçao, basking in the glow of late afternoon sun.
Essential Things to Do on Curaçao
The above example is just one of many boat trips that can be booked. Other essential things to do while on Curaçao could include private charters or a boat trip to west-side where you can experience the famous Blue Room, where the light is breathtaking.
Sailing Trips with Maxie Sailing
The weather on Curacao is perfect for sailing all seasons. Explore the beautiful Curacao beaches and the blue Caribbean Sea with Maxie Sailing. Exclusive sailing, cruising, swimming, snorkeling and diving. If you wish to personalize your own private boat trips, let us know!
The Galaxie sailing yacht is 15 meters accommodating a maximum of 6 guests max and 2 crew. The hospitable crew provides all the comfort you need including private cabins and a full service galley to ensure you the best Caribbean getaway.
Curaçao Island Tours
Experience our island like a true local, as you follow Curaçao guides on off-road adventures, sailing along the coastline, beach hopping, or on your own customized tour for your group. We assure you, there is no shortage of hidden gems to see, or friendly locals eager to share them with you.
Ready to Explore?
The only thing better than trying to navigate Curaçao on your own is allowing local guides to show you the all the secrets spots and telling you the incredible stories that go along with them.
Why Dive Curaçao and Where is Curaçao - The Dive Travel Curaçao FAQ's
Where is Curaçao located?
Situated 43 miles (70km) off the North Coast of Venezuela, is the island of Curacao is a southern Caribbean diamond and a reward to any who are willing to make the trek. Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands and, together with Aruba and Bonaire, it constitutes the “ABC” islands, or Leeward Antilles. Just 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average temperature is about 27°C (81°F). Cooling trade winds blow constantly from the east, strongest in the spring months.
What are the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates?
Latest NEWS from DIVE NEWS CURAÇAO – Coronavirus on Curacao – Government Announcements
The Coronavirus on Curacao (COVID-19) is dynamic situation that is on all of our minds. The health and safety of you, your family and your friends is of paramount concern. With that in mind, please check back as we will do our best to keep you informed about the latest developments regarding travel and tourism on Curaçao.
The Curaçao Tourist Board is working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, Environment and Nature, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority and government agencies to guarantee a safe reopening. Guidelines have also been created and implemented in the tourism industry to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
It is important that you stay informed and adhere to basic hygiene and physical distancing measures that are in place for the locals as much as they are for you.
Why Dive Curaçao?
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.
Its one thing to know and appreciate the wonders we have available on our beautiful Caribbean island, both above and below the waterline, but to be recognized by Forbes on their “10 Must-Dive Destinations for 2019” is quite an honor especially amongst other World Class Diving Destinations such as Fiji, Easter Island and Yap to name a few!
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.
Coral Restoration Curaçao - Help us restore the reefs
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 Coral Restoration Curaçao so they can re-invest it in restoring corals for the future of Curaçao.”
The Coral Restoration Curaçao program is an initiative of Ocean Encounters and supported by our community, sponsors, volunteers and the sustainable tourism stakeholders of Curaçao. The main objectives of this program are the restoration of our shallow water reef system, educating the community and protecting and preserving Curaçao’s natural ecosystems.
What are the Top 10 Dive Sites of Curaçao?
The island nation of Curaçao is home to some of the Caribbean’s best dive sites and thriving coral reefs that represent a window into the past when Caribbean reefs were healthy and vibrant everywhere.
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. That is why Dive Curacao developed this Curacao Dive Guide and Interactive map that allows you to easily plan your next Curacao diving adventure!
Dive into the Top 10 Dive Sites of Curaçao
How do I get to Curaçao?
You can travel to Curaçao by air with direct flights from North America (Toronto, Montreal, Newwark, JFK, Charlotte and Miami), Central America (Panama), South America, the Caribbean, and Europe (Schiphol and Frankfurt) or by sea on a cruise or yacht.
Before arriving on the island, be sure to fill out your Digital Immigration (DI) Card and know what you can bring with you through customs.
What is the best time of the year to visit Curaçao?
Because the weather is rarely an issue, many people plan their vacation in Curaçao around what there is to do on the island. The Curaçao Carnival period (February and March) is always immensely popular with all kinds of different parties and of course the many parades during the last 10 days of Carnival.
In April we have events like the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam and King’s Day, and there’s always something to do during the summer holidays.
In late August through early September, the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival is a great festival to visit, not to mention the Curaçao International Dive Festival and the Curaçao Pride Festival near the end of September.
December to early January is also a special time to be in Curaçao, with a bevy of parties and time-honored events like the pagaras and fireworks shows during the last week of the year, New Year’s Eve parties, the Unox New Year’s Splash, and of course Fuik Day.
When is Hurricane Season?
Curaçao, as a part of the Leeward Antilles, is geographically located outside the Hurricane Belt. As on other islands, strong winds may pass, but rarely pose a threat. Of course, even though Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt, one can never guarantee perfect weather.
The Caribbean Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30. For Curaçao this generally means that there is less wind than normal during this period, which makes it feel warmer than during the rest of the year.
What is the average water temperature?
The water has an average temperature of 27°C (81°F), which makes it ideal to cool off without getting too chilly!
What is the average air temperature?
Curaçao, located at 12° north of the Equator, has a warm, sunny climate year-round. The average temperature is about 27°C (81°F) with noon temperatures generally over 30°C (86°F). Trade winds blow constantly from the east, providing a welcome cooling effect.
International weather websites commonly show a chance of rain in Curaçao, due to clouds being directly over the island, but much of this rain (average yearly rainfall is 22cm) never reaches the ground.
Do I need to rent a vehicle?
While sometimes your dive hotel, resort or apartments may offer sufficient options for your vacation (see your hotel detail page on this site for facilities and distances), if you plan to really get around and explore the Island, renting a car at one of the many car rental agencies is the best option. This allows you to travel freely and on your own schedule so you won’t miss out on anything Curaçao has to offer. Most of Curaçao is accessible within a 30-45 minute drive, regardless of where you start. This may vary in peak traffic hours.
What is the currency used on Curaçao?
The currency used in Curaçao is the Antillean Guilder (ANG), also called the Florin. The Antillean Guilder’s exchange rate is fixed to the US Dollar at a price of 1 USD = 1.80 ANG. When exchanging money at a bank the exchange rate is 1.78 or 1.82 ANG, depending on if you’re buying or selling.
You can use US Dollars everywhere in Curaçao. In stores and restaurants and such the exchange rate used is usually 1 USD = 1.75 ANG for ease of calculation.