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Dive Sites

Airplane Wreck

There are several dive sites you can reach at Santa Martha from the shore and many sites nearby which can be reached by boat. Straight out from the breakwaters there is a marking buoy, which identifies...

Barracuda Point/Punt'i Piku

Good-sized barracudas will sometimes follow you at a distance on your dive here, because you have invaded their home turf. Don't be concerned, they are just curious. Barracuda Point, also called Punt'i...

Basora

Elegant Chinese pagoda shapes perch on the wall as you dive into the depths at Basora. A site with as many species of coral and fish as you are likely to find in one place, Basora is the most eastern dive...

Black Rock/Piedra Pretu

If you suffer from seasickness, you have two choices on this dive don't go, or take non-drowsy, seasickness medication to ease the trip.

Black Rock, also called Piedra Pretu, makes a spectacular wall...

Boka Grandi, Playa Mansaliña,Mike's Place & Playa Largu

The route to the sites is picturesque and the dirt roads are fairly well maintained. Boka Grandi ("Big Bay") is an easy site, with a large stretch of coral rubble and a white sandy beach.

Playa...

Boka Sami, Snake Bay & Kaap Mal Meeuw

The Boka Sami site is on the right of the dive center towards the cliffs and out to the reef.

Snake Bay is located at the other (southeast) end of Boka St. Michiel. Its name refers to eels and not to...

Daaibooi

Fisherman shoot the breeze at one end of the beach and work on their boats, while visitors of the beach enjoy barbecues and calm water at the other end a typical Curaçao beach scene. Daaibooi beach...

Diver's Leap & Piedra Sombre

Divers Leap is a steep wall dive, perfect for deep dives. Look for sea horses near the mooring, and large areas of pillar coral with lots of small reef fish swimming about on the terrace. The wall has...

Double Reef & Superior Producer

In Otrobanda take the road, which leads straight to the megapier. Directly ahead you will find the Double Reef.

The Superior Producer site is in the top 10 on Curaçao and one of the finest wrecks in the...

Eel Valley, Newport & Kathy's Paradise

Eel Valley is next to Newport and divers will find similar conditions in both places. Although it was once known for its abundance of eels, the population is now said to have dwindled to lesser numbers....

Guliauw

When diving at this exposed eastern coast, you will encounter the roughest seas the island can offer aside from the wild north coast. Without any obstacles to calm its fury, the Caribbean Sea crashes onto...

Halfway

Picture perfect backdrop for a relaxed, easy dive or snorkel. Beautiful, clear turquoise water with steep cliffs towering behind, create the atmosphere at this sheltered spot only accessible by boat because...

Harry's Hole

Large stands of stately elkhorn coral greet you as you swim out from shore towards the reef. Home to many small reef fish and creatures, they are certainly worth some exploration. As at Airplane Wreck,...

Hell's Corner

If you are an advanced diver looking for some adventure and challenge, this could be the perfect dive site for you. Hell's Corner has no protection from the open ocean and large waves crash against the...

Kabayé & Small Wall

The sites in the underwater park offer quite a different experience from the calm western sites. The surface conditions are wilder and less protected, and the walls tend to be more dramatic with lusher...

Kabes di Baranka/ Beacon Point & Caracasbaai Lost Anchor

Some of the most luscious reef on Curaçao can be found at both sites. A coral-covered area, it is diver's heaven. Kabes di Baranka ("Head of the Rock"). Caracasbay Lost Anchor is situated along...

Klein Curaçao

Divers, snorkelers and sun lovers who have always dreamed about being marooned on an uninhabited, desert-island will really enjoy the day trip dive operators and boat charters offer to Klein Curaçao....

Light Tower

A spectacular, exciting dive adventure. Divers looking for real adrenaline pumping dives will enjoy this one. Not for the faint at heart, because the Light Tower site is accessible only by boat and recommended...

Lover's Beach, Vaersenbaai & the Car Wrecks

Couples looking for privacy in order to escape the gossip of local busybodies, often steal a few hours at Lover's Beach, hence the name.

An easy spot to spend the day, complete with facilities, Vaersenbay...

Lower House/Kas Abou

Fine white sand covers this large beach. A true vacationing day can be spent here relaxing without a lot of rugged adventure. The Lower House (also called Kas Abou) site is located in front of Kas Abou...

Mako's Mountain

This is a challenging site, so you are advised not to attempt jumping in unless you are at least an intermediate diver. Situated on a point of land jutting out into the sea at the entrance to Santa Martha...

No Way

The sea and your common sense both say “no way,” but you are determined to challenge it. Even advanced divers whisper "No Way" when their boat pulls up at this exhilarating site. If you are...

Oswaldo's Drop Off & Car Pile

Oswaldo's Drop Off is named after the local diver who first frequented it many years ago. There are public restrooms, showers, restaurants and security at the dive center. Car Pile is the most unique traffic...

Playa Hundu Lost Anchor

Escape to the isolation of this almost deserted cove during the week, when privacy can be almost guaranteed. Just past the Groot Santa Martha plantation house you will drive through a grove with large...

Playa Jeremi

Fishing boats pulled up onto the tiny beach add local charm. Playa Jeremi is located just past Soto and Lagun, with a beach covered with coarse sand and volcanic stones.

Explore the wall to find large...

Playa Kalki/Alice in Wonderland

One of the nicest dive sites on Curaçao, Playa Kalki at Westpunt, nicknamed Alice in Wonderland, is a perfect spot for a day at the beach with divers, snorkelers and sun lovers. This is one of the top...

Playa Kenepa & Playa Grandi

Drive from the historic Kenepa plantation house to Playa Kenepa nearby. A small cove with lots of shade and white sand, this is one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Head out to the drop-off along...

Playa Lagun

Rocky cliffs adorn the sides of this little cove, fishing boats rest on the sand. A favorite site for divers and snorkelers alike, Playa Lagun is accessible and easy to find and located right in the village...

Playa Piscadó & Sweet Alice/Playa Forti

Located in the village of Westpunt, both sites offer easy accessibility. Playa Piscadó ("Fisherman's Beach") is a typical local beach with nets spread out on the sand, small fishing boats pulled...

Rif Sint Marie

 Rif Sint Marie is located nearby Coral Estate.

 The reef is healthy look for parrotfish, puffer fish, trumpet fish, barracudas, sea turtles and numerous small reef fish around the coral heads....

Sandy's Plateau & Boka di Sorsaka

The sides of the lagoon have lots of lush coral heads and gorgonian beds, which snorkelers will really enjoy.

Jan Thiel has several sites to explore from the beach or by boat. Sandy's Plateau is a large...

Santu Pretu, Mushroom Forest & The Cave

The area of San Nicolas offers a number of excellent sites; several days could easily be spent on this area just diving and exploring. Santu Pretu ("Black Sand") can be found after a 15-minute...

Scubalodge House Reef

In the midst of the busy citylife of Willemstad a true oasis of rest can be found.

A beach and stairs offers access to a coral reef that boasts a great variety of aquatic life. Rough conditions might sometimes...

Seldom Reef &Bullenbaai

Intermediate and advanced divers craving sites offering more than the average wall dive, should consider these sites in their itinerary. Seldom Reef is spectacular and seldom dived (therefore the name)....

Smokey/Punti Sanchi

This reef is as close to virginal as can be found nowadays. One of the Caribbean's finest; it rivals the best of Belize, and has ensured Curaçao's immense popularity with diving enthusiasts. Its remote...

Sponge Forest, Playa Hulu, Rediho & Black Coral Garden

Colorful sponges adorn the sides of the sloping wall allowing some great wide-angle photo opportunities. Sponge Forest boasts some of the most spectacular sponges in the Caribbean.

Playa Hulu is a secluded...

SS Oranje Nassau & Saba

Both wrecks can be accessed from the Seaquarium area, a recommended above-water site for visitors. Swim through the lagoon and out to the left (southeast), for about three minutes to the SS Oranje Nassau...

The Crash

If you are really interested in finding the remains of the old airplane that crashed here, it is best to take a guide along. An old piece of a wing and a few other parts can still be recognized if you...

The Valley/Port Marie

Unique and diverse, The Valley (also called Porto Marie) is one of the top 10 sites on the island for good reason. Two healthy parallel reefs with a "valley" between are home to a wide variety...

The Wall, Blue Bay, & Piscadera Playa Largu

Seldom dived because of the difficult access, the end by the point is the best. Healthy soft and hard corals grow almost right from the cliffs. Entry at The Wall is in the northwest corner of Blauwbaai...

Tug Boat

There's one word that really describes the Tugboat, and that’s “cute.” Sunk over 25 years ago, the wreck rests at 5 m (17ft). It’s a very popular site, great for divers as well as snorkelers. It...

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