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 operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 9 good dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth considering are listed here:

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

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.

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

The table right below has some information regarding some of the area's major dive sites.

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

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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