Scuba Diving in Curaçao

Curaçao (Dutch: Curaçao) is a volcanic island washed by the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. It is the biggest island of the Netherlands Antilles (Dutch: Nederlandse Antilles). The distance between Curaçao and Little Curaçao (Dutch: Klein Curaçao) is 11 km. These islands belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). This region has perfect diving conditions. The southern part with its white beaches, secluded bays and harbours is most suitable for diving. Rocks and currents make the north a bit less favourable.
The island is surrounded with picturesque reefs that attract divers from all over the world. Another pleasant bonus is its position outside the southern hurricane belt. There are 60 unique dive sites with coral forests and vibrant sea world.

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The Blue Bay located in the centre of the island is a real kingdom of corals and bright fish. It is a perfect place for snorkeling and diving. You will dive along the wall with massive coral heads. This bay is home to many animals, including marine turtles and eagle rays.
Coral reefs near Curaçao are just like ones of many other Caribbean islands, except the Mushroom forest with star corals. Coral formations here reach 2-3 meters high and turn into thick columns resembling tree trunks. Unfortunately, in the last 10 years, water pollution caused fading of the corals and now they a lot more like mushrooms.
While diving you would discover a fantastic underwater landscapes with colourful coral reefs and formations. You can dive along the walls exploring tunnels, caves and shipwrecks, which are full of marine life. Divers will find both stony and soft corals near Curaçao, such as brain corals or cylindrical corals. Tiny mint and blue gobies swim among them.
Shete Boka National Park is situated in the north around coral colonies and limestone caves. The Underwater Marine Park is found just off Curaçao’s southeast coast. Another underwater park is Banda Abou National Park stretching from Cape St. Mary to West-Point.
It is a good place for wreck diving. The most popular wreck is the cargo ship Superior Producer which lies at 33 meters below the sea. The wreck is inhabited by orange cup corals and eight-beam corals, sea anemones and sponges. The Tugboat is another famous diving site and an unofficial symbol of diving in the country. It is in great condition and attracts divers from all over the world, especially, underwater photographers.

Diving Destinations in Curaçao

Here divers can see reefs, walls, tunnels and shipwrecks. In the West there are dive sights with fantastic corals, sea sponges, a variety of bright fish and large sea mammals. The central part is particularly famous for the Superior Producer cargo ship, vertical walls with coral tops and coral reef fish. In the southeast, an artificial reef made from old car parts could be found as well as a picturesque lagoon scattered with beautiful corals and Gorgonians.

Dive Shops in Curaçao

There are a lot of diving centres on the island providing diving safari and exciting dive tours. Here you can rent all the necessary equipment, hire a coach or a guide and take a training course.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring is a great time to visit. The weather is warm with no rains or cold winds. The air temperature is approximately 23-25 °C. The water temperature stands between 26 and 27 °C.

Summer

Summer is the ideal season for diving. The weather is dry and warm during the tourist season. The air temperature ranges from +25 to 31°С, the water temperature is +28 °С.

Autumn

Autumn marks the beginning of the wet season. Diving at this time is not recommended because of strong winds and heavy rains. The air temperature stands at approximately +25-26 °С, the water temperature is +29 °С.

Winter

Winter is also a good time to come to Curaçao. In winter heavy rains stop and the tourist season begins. During winter months, temperatures are a bit lower than in summer but still pleasant: the air is +25-29 °С warm, while the water temperature stands at +27 °С.

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The Best Dive Sites

Popular dive sites in the west of the island are the Mushroom forest, the Sponge Forest and the Hell's Corner. The central part is famous for the Blue Bay and the Superior Producer wreck. Famous dive sites in the southeast are Car Pile Reef and Boka di Sorsaka.

Health & Safety

Healthcare services in Curaçao meet European standards. There are about 10 modern hospitals on the island which provide treatments for all kinds of injuries and diseases. If necessary, the patient can be transported to the USA or Puerto Rico. Gastrointestinal infections are very rare, all necessary medicines are locally available in pharmacies. All hotels have healthcare centres. The island is relatively safe, however, standard safety precautions are necessary. Do not leave your belongings unattended and keep your valuables in a safe place. Walking at night and visiting unfamiliar places alone is not recommended.

Dangerous Marine Life

The Caribbean sea can be dangerous for untrained divers. Most beaches are safe. Reefs and cliffs serve as a natural protection from sharks. However, reef stonefish, pterois, moray eel, jellyfish and sea urchins are dangerous for divers. Be careful while diving.

Eat & Drinks

A few words about the local cuisine. It is based on seafood. Here you can try barracuda meat, iguana soup, grilled snapper called Piska kora, fish or meat soup with grains and even bananas called Piska Kampi Kora, a dish with cheese, beef or fish baked with spice, tomatoes, black olives and raisins called Keshi-jena. You should also try delicious desserts, such as potato or coconut pudding, sugarcake with coconut meat and sweet scones Pan-Bati. Legendary Curaçao liqueur also deserves attention. Since tap water in Curaçao may be unsafe to drink, it is advisable to consume only bottled water.

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