The island nation of Curacao is home to some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling sites anywhere in the Caribbean.
Scuba Diving on Curacao
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.
Ocean Encounters is a Curacao Tourist Board Approved dive operation and a premier 5 star dive resort, offering both SSI & PADI courses for every level; from beginner to dive professional.
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Jump on board for the best diving on Curacao. Ocean Encounters offers 2-tank boat trips every day to Curacao’s best dive sites. Their weekly schedule consists of 14 different dive sites so when diving a multi-day package you will see different sites every day.
The Dive Bus
The Dive Bus started back in 2005 as the first and only dive operation focusing on quality, comfortable, seriously fun shore diving adventures, that is run for divers by divers.
Seriously Fun Shore Diving Adventures
The Dive Bus Curacao, with a unique and simple concept of “Seriously fun shore-diving adventures” they have focused on quality, fun shore diving, in small, friendly relaxed groups, with a strong focus on taking care of Curacao’s reefs.
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 Curacao, 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.
Why Dive Curaçao and Where is Curaçao - The Dive Travel Curaçao FAQ's
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The water has an average temperature of 27°C (81°F), which makes it ideal to cool off without getting too chilly!
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.
While sometimes your hotel / resort or its neighbors 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.
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.