Scuba Diving Near Willemstad

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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 services, a variety of dive shops, and at least 9 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth considering are listed directly below.

Dive Shops Near Willemstad
Name Phone Location
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
Animal Encounter Dive Center

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 found in Willemstad.

A second 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. You can call them at (999) 679-2193.

A third option is Animal Encounter Dive Center. Animal Encounters allows guests to interact with marine animals like reef fish, sea turtles and sharks. Operating out of the Sea Aquarium Curaco, there are scuba ans snorkel adventures available to allow guests to observe and feed the marine animals. They're situated in southeastern Willemstad.

The table right below provides a few details regarding diving services in the area.

Dive Operators Near Willemstad
Name Phone Location
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

Dive Sites

Details concerning some of the area's better-known dive sites are provided in the chart below.

Dive Sites Near Willemstad
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Bapor Kibra -- -- -- 12.0811337705 -68.9093402216
Car Pile Excellent Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 91.5 12.08835 -68.90305
Jan Thiel Baai Good -- 98.4 12.07605 -68.8797
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
Pietermaai Good -- 131.2 12.1015166667 -68.9266166667
Sandy's Plateau Good -- 60.0 12.08255 -68.8964
Superior Producer Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 114.8 12.10465 -68.9451333333

For more information about diving, including tips and suggestions for both experienced divers and beginners, check out this exhaustive guide to scuba diving in the Caribbean.


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