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Airplane Wreck

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.
Barracuda Point (Punt'i Piku)

BARRACUDA POINT (PUNT'I PIKU)

Barracuda Point, also called Punt'i Piku, is just across the channel from Barbara Beach and near the mouth of Spanish Water.
Basora

BASORA

Elegant Chinese pagoda shapes perch on the wall as you dive into the depths at Basora.
Black Rock (Piedra Pretu)

BLACK ROCK (PIEDRA PRETU)

Black Rock, also called Piedra Pretu, makes a spectacular wall dive.
Boka Grandi, Playa Mansaliña, Mike's Place and Playa Largu

BOKA GRANDI, PLAYA MANSALIÑA, MIKE'S PLACE AND PLAYA LARGU

The route to the sites is picturesque and the dirt roads are fairly well maintained.
Boka Sami, Snake Bay and Kaap Mal Meeuw

BOKA SAMI, SNAKE BAY AND KAAP MAL MEEUW

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

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.
Diver's Leap and Piedra Sombre

DIVER'S LEAP AND PIEDRA SOMBRE

Divers Leap is a steep wall dive, perfect for deep dives.
Double Reef

DOUBLE REEF

Double Reef can be dived from boat or shore.
Eel Valley, Newport and Kathy's Paradise

EEL VALLEY, NEWPORT AND KATHY'S PARADISE

Eel Valley is next to Newport and divers will find similar conditions in both places.
Guliauw

GULIAUW

When diving at this exposed eastern coast, you will encounter the roughest seas the island can offer aside from the wild north coast.
Halfway

HALFWAY

Picture perfect backdrop for a relaxed, easy dive or snorkel.
Hell's Corner

HELL'S CORNER

Hell's Corner was named after the strong current that flows at the nearby point where the dive site was originally.
Kabayé and Small Wall

KABAYÉ AND SMALL WALL

The sites in the underwater park offer quite a different experience from the calm western sites.
Kabes di Baranka

KABES DI BARANKA

Some of the most luscious reef on Curaçao can be found at both sites.
Kathy's Paradise & Smokey

KATHY'S PARADISE & SMOKEY

Often this spectacular dive becomes a drift dive where you literally “fly” east from Smokey’s and end with an amazing finish at Kathy’s Paradise.
Klein Curaçao

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

LIGHT TOWER

A spectacular, exciting dive adventure.
Lower House/Kas Abou

LOWER HOUSE/KAS ABOU

Fine white sand covers this large beach.
Mako's Mountain

MAKO'S MOUNTAIN

A shallow start to the dive through fleshy soft corals finally makes way to a wonderful hard coral field that could hide the famous mako shark that was once spotted here.
No Way

NO WAY

The sea and your common sense both say "no way", but you are determined to challenge it.
Oswaldo's Drop Off, Car Pile and Pier Baai Reef

OSWALDO'S DROP OFF, CAR PILE AND PIER BAAI REEF

Oswaldo's Drop Off is named after the local diver who first frequented it many years ago.
Playa Hundu Lost Anchor

PLAYA HUNDU LOST ANCHOR

Escape to the isolation of this almost deserted cove during the week, when privacy can be almost guaranteed.
Playa Jeremi

PLAYA JEREMI

Fishing boats pulled up onto the tiny beach add local charm.
Playa Kalki/Alice in Wonderland

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.
Playa Kenepa and Playa Grandi

PLAYA KENEPA AND PLAYA GRANDI

Drive from the historic Kenepa plantation house to Playa Kenepa nearby.
Playa Lagun

PLAYA LAGUN

The lovely beach at Playa Lagun is popular with divers, snorkelers, fishermen and locals.
Playa Piscadó and Sweet Alice/Playa Forti

PLAYA PISCADÓ AND SWEET ALICE/PLAYA FORTI

Located in the village of Westpunt, both sites offer easy accessibility.
Rif Sint Marie

RIF SINT MARIE

Rif Sint Marie is located at Coral Estate, the house reef of Habitat Curacao back in the day.
Saba

SABA

In less than 30 feet of water not far off the coast of Curacao sits the Saba, a tugboat that sank quite some time ago.
Sandy's Plateau and Boka di Sorsaka

SANDY'S PLATEAU AND 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.
Seldom Reef and Bullenbaai

SELDOM REEF AND BULLENBAAI

Intermediate and advanced divers craving sites offering more than the average wall dive, should consider these sites in their itinerary.
Santu Pretu, Mushroom Forest and The Cave

SANTU PRETU, MUSHROOM FOREST AND THE CAVE

Black Sand Beach (Santu Pretu) Known locally as “Santu Pretu” or Black Sand Beach, because of the dark gray, ancient volcanic sand marking the start of an amazing dive site.
Smokey/Punti Sanchi

SMOKEY/PUNTI SANCHI

This reef is as close to virginal as can be found nowadays.
Sponge Forest, Playa Hulu, Rediho & Black Coral Garden

SPONGE FOREST, PLAYA HULU, REDIHO & BLACK CORAL GARDEN

Colorful sponges adorn the sides of the sloping wall allowing some great wide-angle photo opportunities.
SS Oranje Nassau

SS ORANJE NASSAU

This wreckscan be accessed from the Seaquarium area, a recommended above-water site for visitors.
Superior Producer

SUPERIOR PRODUCER

This 240ft/72m cargo freighter sank in December 1977 whilst overloaded with cargo.
The Valley (Port Marie)

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 reasons.
The Crash

THE CRASH

If you’re really interested in finding the remains of the old airplane that crashed here, it’s best to dive this site with a Curacao Tourist Board Approved Dive Operator.
The Wall, Blue Bay, and Piscadera Playa Largu

THE WALL, BLUE BAY, AND PISCADERA PLAYA LARGU

Seldom dived because of the difficult access, the end by the point is the best.
Tug Boat

TUG BOAT

Tugboat is one of Curaçao’s most famous and popular dive sites.
Vaerssenbaai & The Car Wrecks

VAERSSENBAAI & THE CAR WRECKS

An easy spot to spend the day, Vaersenbaai is home to Kokomo Beach Club, where restaurant and bar, public restrooms and showers are available.

WATAMULA

The name, Watamula, is derived from the Dutch word, “Watermolen” (Water Mill) because of the how the currents flow on this amazing boat dive site: sometimes North to South, other times South to North - and sometimes in a circle! Whatever the current is doing, however, Watamula is an intense and almost overwhelming spectacle, with a hard coral fields, then a soft coral patch, that turns into with another hard coral field, and then repeats.