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Curaçao is the largest of the Caribbean Dutch ABC islands (Aruba – Bonaire – Curaçao), lying just 60 kilometres/37 miles off the Venezuelan coast. Scuba divers can get a little bit of everything in Curaçao – wreck and reef diving, boat and shore diving along healthy coral reefs and sloping walls. Its desert environment means that there’s little run-off to affect visibility and water is usually very clear and warm. Along with incredible diving, Curaçao offers cultural experiences and Willemstad, the capital city, is a World Heritage site complete with Dutch Colonial buildings and forts.
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Visibility – Clear water with average visibility ranging from 16-30m/60-100ft.
Water Temperature – The warm waters of Curaçao have an average temperature of 25°C/78°F in winter and 27°C/82°F in summer.
Weather – Trade winds keep the average temperatures between 26-30°C 80-86°F. It may be a bit hotter in the summer and if it rains, it will be from October through February. Curaçao is at the far southern edge of the hurricane belt and is usually unaffected during the Caribbean’s hurricane season.
Featured Creatures – Corals and sponges sculpt the underwater landscape of Curaçao’s reefs; look for orange elephant ear sponges, tub sponges in vivid colors and star corals. Frogfish, sea horses, mantis shrimp, spiny lobster and eels all live around the reefs. Hawksbill, loggerhead, and green turtles along with barracuda are often seen cruising by.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Deep Diver and Digital Underwater Photographer courses to get the most out Curaçao diving along with PADI Wreck Diver if you plan to visit the Superior Producer.
Language – Dutch is the official language. Papiamentu, Spanish and English are widely spoken.
Currency – Netherlands Antillean Guilder (ANG). US currency and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Major Airports – Curaçao International Airport receives flights from cities around the world every day.
Electricity and Internet – Curacao’s electricity is 127/120 volts, 50 Hz. Internet is widely available.
Topside Attractions – Curacao’s capital city, Willemstad, is lined with stunning buildings of bright blue, orange and yellow. Be sure to visit the numerous museums, the Floating Market, the tall Queen Juliana Bridge and the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. In the Christoffel National Park, you’ll see Indian cave paintings, numerous species of iguana and, if you’re very lucky, the small, white-tailed Curaçao deer.
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