Unique in the world of diving, in Willemstad, certified divers are legally allowed to rent equipment and go out on dives on their own without the help of a local guide. There are a number of great shore dive locations near this town, with healthy reef just waiting to be explored.
There are 11 dive operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 9 good dive sites in the area.
The dive shops worth considering are listed here:
|Caribbean Sea Sports||(599-9) 462-2620||Piscadera, 2.7 mi. West of Central Willemstad|
|Caribbean Sea Sports Hilton||(+599-9) 462-2630||2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Willemstad|
|Caribbean Sea Sports Marriott||(+599-9) 462-2620||Piscadera, 2.7 mi. West of Central Willemstad|
|Scuba Store and More||(999) 738-6640||Willemstad|
If you'd like to go diving, you might want to check with 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. They are located in Willemstad.
Another option is Twin Divers. Twin Divers is a small business owned and operated by twin brothers. They specialize in group dives and favor night diving. They can be reached at (999) 679-2193.
A third good option is Animal Encounter Dive Center. There is no dive certification needed to scuba dive through the natural lagoon at Sea Aquarium. This package has a maximum group size of six people, a minimum age of 10 years and lasts about 90 minutes. They're found within southeastern Willemstad.
You can look through the table below for details concerning the area's dive services.
|Animal Encounter Dive Center||+599 9 461 8131||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Atlantis Diving||(999) 465-8288||Willemstad|
|Curacao Divers||(999) 527-5670||The vicinity of Willemstad|
|Dive Nas||(999) 517-1057||1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Willemstad|
|Dive Wederfoort||(599-9) 888-4414||Willemstad|
|Goby Divers||(999) 662-2853||0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad|
|Ocean Encounters at Lions Dive Hotel||(999) 461-1831||2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Ocean Encounters at the Sunscape||(999) 461-8131||2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Scuba Lodge||(999) 465-2575||Downtown Willemstad|
|The Dive Bus||(999) 693-8305||2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Twin Divers||(999) 679-2193||2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
The table right below has some information regarding some of the area's major dive sites.
|Excellent||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||91.5||12.08835||-68.90305|
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||40.0||12.0881166667||-68.9016833333|
|Very Good||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||114.8||12.10465||-68.9451333333|
To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our detailed Caribbean diving article.
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