Scuba Diving Near Curacao

Nearly one hundred dive sites surrounding Curacao mean the island's divers will never run out of places to explore

 

Shocking to many, perhaps due to the island's arid landscape, the underwater landscapes surrounding Curacao are striking and diverse.

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Beautiful gardens of coral reef and an array of colorful marine life draw snorkelers and divers from around the world into the waters and keeps them wanting more.

It is the island's volcanic origins that created the steep walls, cliffs, and coral formations. Visibility ranges from about 60 to 150 feet. In recent years, Scuba Diver magazine ranked Curacao as having the healthiest marine environment in the whole of the Atlantic.

In Curacao, introductory scuba diving courses typically cost between $75 and $140(USD), and are necessary for novice divers. After you've learned the ropes, you can hire a dive company to take you out for a day of diving for between $40 and $85(USD) per person.

There are 19 dive services, a variety of dive shops, and at least 48 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth considering are displayed down below.

Dive Shops Near Curacao
Name Phone Location
CURious2DIVE (999) 513-2265 5.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Caribbean Sea Sports (599-9) 462-2620 2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda
Caribbean Sea Sports Hilton (+599-9) 462-2630 2.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda
Caribbean Sea Sports Marriott (+599-9) 462-2620 2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda
Scuba Do (599-9) 767-9300 Jan Thiel
Scuba Store and More (999) 738-6640 Willemstad

If you want to go diving, you should consider Go West Diving. Formerly known as "Ocean Encounters West," Go West Diving is a fully PADI certified 5-Star instructor resort just moments from what is repeatedly voted as one of the best dive sites on the island: Alice in Wonderland. This dive service is also approved by the Curacao Tourist Board. They are located within Westpunt, in northwestern Curacao.

Another option is Goby Divers. With over 30 years of experience between the two of them, Andhiela and Ima are on hand at Goby Divers to help train new and continued learning divers through the typical PADI certification courses to guided shore and open water dives. Goby Divers is Curacao Tourist Board approved. You can reach them at (999) 662-2853.

A third good option is Porto Mari Sports Diving. Specializing in a wealth of island-style sports, Porto Mari Sports finds that scuba diving is one of their most popular options for tourists. The dive school is built right on the beach near one of the best dive sites around, so after a bit of training, new divers get a chance to be amazed. They're situated in western Curacao.

View the following table for details concerning area dive operators.

Dive Operators Near Curacao
Name Phone Location
Animal Encounter Dive Center +599 9 461 8131 3.3 mi. Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Atlantis Diving (999) 465-8288 Willemstad
Bahia Apartments and Diving (999) 864-1000 0.3 mi. South of Central Lagun
Curacao Divers (999) 527-5670 The vicinity of Willemstad
Discover Diving (599-9) 864-1652 Lagun
Dive Nas (999) 517-1057 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Willemstad
Dive Wederfoort (599-9) 888-4414 Willemstad
Duikcentrum Van de Ven (999) 514-1267 4.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Go West Diving (999) 864-0102 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Westpunt
Goby Divers (999) 662-2853 0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad
Ocean Encounters Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort (999) 461-8131 6.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Ocean Encounters at Lions Dive Hotel (999) 461-1831 3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Ocean Encounters at the Sunscape (999) 461-8131 2.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Porto Mari Sports Diving (999) 864-7539 1.4 mi. West of Central St. Willibrordus
Relaxed Guided Dives (999) 868-7710 0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Grote Berg
Scuba Lodge (999) 465-2575 Downtown Willemstad
The Dive Bus (999) 693-8305 Willemstad, Southeastern part of Curacao
Trunk Divers (999) 868-0663 1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Grote Berg
Twin Divers (999) 679-2193 Willemstad, Southeastern part of Curacao

Dive Services

The chart below provides you with the typical cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 66.0 $ 109.0
Double Tank Dive $ 81.0 $ 100.0
Night Dive $ 50.0 $ 55.0
Open Water Certification $ 371.0 $ 471.0
Single Tank Dive $ 44.0 $ 65.0

Dive Sites

Details concerning some of the area's dive sites are provided in the following chart.

Dive Sites Near Curacao
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Airplane Wreck Good Open Water / CMAS * 229.7 12.2673333333 -69.1285333333
Alice in Wonderland Good -- 98.4 12.3752833333 -69.1579
Awa Blanku Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 12.0333333333 -68.7833333333
Bapor Kibra -- -- -- 12.0811337705 -68.9093402216
Beyond the Tunnel of Doom Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 100.1 12.1532 -68.8146666667
Blue Bay Good -- 196.9 12.1342166667 -68.9850833333
Boca Sami -- -- -- 12.1428989117 -69.0068438837
Bullenbaai Good Open Water / CMAS * 55.8 12.1742333333 -69.0242666667
Car Pile Excellent Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 91.5 12.08835 -68.90305
Caracas Bay Excellent Rescue / CMAS *** 162.1 12.0690166667 -68.8617666667
Cas Abou Good -- 65.6 12.227353592 -69.0923481138
Daaibooibaai Good -- 65.6 12.2118833333 -69.0845
Dark Wall Fair Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 114.8 12.0732333333 -68.87855
Directors Bay Excellent -- 101.0 12.0663166667 -68.8598
Grote Knip (Playa Abou) Very Good -- 32.8 12.3512833333 -69.15175
Habitat Curacao Housereef Good -- 63.0 12.19805 -69.0797166667
Hamrak Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 82.0 12.0326 -68.7764666667
Jan Thiel Baai Good -- 98.4 12.07605 -68.8797
Kenepa Good -- 82.0 12.3055333333 -69.1453
Klein - The North Point Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 114.8 11.9999 -68.6456166667
Klein - The South Point Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 196.9 11.97785 -68.6427333333
Klein Knip -- -- -- 12.337667022 -69.1625407526
Lions Dive Housereef Fair -- 196.9 12.0847166667 -68.8983833333
Marie Pampoen Good -- 32.8 12.0900833333 -68.9067833333
Oswaldo's Drop-off Good Open Water / CMAS * 40.0 12.0881166667 -68.9016833333
Pestbaai -- -- -- 12.1764609201 -69.0240100214
Pietermaai Good -- 131.2 12.1015166667 -68.9266166667
Playa Jeremi -- -- -- 12.3255925662 -69.1646006891
Playa Jeremi Very Good -- 49.2 12.3286333333 -69.1502166667
Playa Kalki -- -- -- 12.368521435 -69.1687205622
Playa Kanoa Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 98.4 12.1761166667 -68.86465
Playa Lagun Good -- 114.8 12.3179666667 -69.1506166667
Playa Largu Very Good -- 65.6 12.2353 -69.0985166667
Playa Manzalina Very Good -- 65.6 12.2454166667 -69.1056
Playa Shon Moso -- -- -- 12.2422301427 -69.1132739374
Port Marie Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 82.0 12.2187 -69.0857
Saint Marie -- -- -- 12.1885422054 -69.07619508
Sandy's Plateau Good -- 60.0 12.08255 -68.8964
Snake Bay Good -- -- 12.1393333333 -68.9972166667
Sponge Forest Good -- 98.4 12.2890166667 -69.1513833333
Superior Producer Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 114.8 12.10465 -68.9451333333
Tarpon Bridge Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 131.2 12.0426833333 -68.72155
The Pipe Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 100.1 12.1786333333 -68.8695166667
Tugboat Excellent -- 98.4 12.0668 -68.8619666667
Tunnel of Doom Good -- 196.9 12.1555333333 -68.8302
Vaersen Bay Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 196.9 12.1563333333 -69.0033833333
Wata Mula Very Good -- 59.1 12.38555 -69.1625
Wet Suit City -- -- -- 12.2786310682 -69.15224107

To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips skilled divers as well as beginners, check out our exhaustive Caribbean scuba diving article.

Tips

  • Pay attention to currents and how your body responds to them; you don't want to drift too far off course.
  • Wear a water proof watch to ensure you don't lose track of time, which can be easy to do underwater.
  • Don't feed the fish or touch the animals or coral, this could cause their protective layers to be stripped away. Note that it is illegal to touch soft coral in marine protected areas.
  • Never stand or walk on a reef, and tread carefully in shallow water around reefs. Shuffle your feet to avoid stingrays, and watch out for sea urchins.
  • Never wear jewelry. Caribbean fish, barracudas especially, seem to be drawn to shiny objects that look like their natural prey, small silver fish.
  • Avoid jellyfish, fire coral, and other stinging creatures.
  • Never reach into holes or crevices; animals - especially moray eels - like to make their homes in them.
  • Shark sightings are rare, and sharks that are spotted are usually passive. If you do see a shark, stay calm, and if necessary, move slowly out of the water.
  • Never remove anything from dive sites and reefs.
  • Wear waterproof sunblock. Sunburns are a common side effect of the hot Caribbean sun, even under water.

With so many dive sites to choose from, one could spend their entire life visiting the island and not see everything there is to see. Still, seeing one is better than none, so pull on your flippers, hook up your scuba tank, and dive in to Curacao.

 

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