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.

    Great Dives

    • Playa Kalki (Alice in Wonderland) – A mini-wall reaching down to 18 metres/ 60 feet lies only a few minutes swim offshore from the cove’s beautiful sand beach. Snorkelers can also enjoy this spot while divers explore below. The mushroom-shaped coral formations that host a wide array of colorful reef fish give this site its “wonderland” name.
    • Porto Marie (The Valley) – The “valley” is actually the open sand area that runs between two parallel reefs. The first reef is at 15 metres/50 feet, and the second starts at 18 metres/60 feet. Easily reachable from shore, you can enjoy sightings of nurse sharks, turtles, lobsters and abundant coral.
    • Superior Producer – The 60-metre/200-foot Superior Producer is considered one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. Sitting upright on the bottom at 30 metres/100 feet, you can visit the wheelhouse at 24 metres/80 feet or enter the open cargo holds. Expect to see plenty of anemones, as well as frequent visits from large grouper and schooling barracuda.
    • Tugboat at Caracasbaii – Because the tugboat sunk just offshore near a drop off, this site combines wreck diving and wall diving. Explore the wall that reaches down to 30 metres/100 and finish your dive checking out the morays, reef fish, and tube sponges around the encrusted tugboat at 5 metres/15 feet.
    • Snake Bay – This is a fish-lover’s site that allows you to see a large variety of different reef fish as well as a few pelagics. If you’re lucky, you might see dolphins, sea turtles, rays and large jacks cruise the reef edge.
    • Watamula – Located on the northern tip of the island, this site allows you to peer into tunnels and swim through a garden of waving sea fans and gorgonians. Drift among huge stands of healthy corals of many different species and colors, but don’t forget to look for turtles swimming by.

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    Dive Summary

    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.

    Travel Info

    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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