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. 

You'll find 10 dive services, a variety of dive shops, and at least 9 good dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops you'll be able to find can be seen down 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 Renaissance (+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 contact Goby Divers. With over 50 dive sites within easy reach, Goby Divers can help you to explore a whole world of underwater sites. Their work is personalized, giving full service to their divers for boat and guided shore dives. They are located in Willemstad.

Another option is Twin Divers. Together Kurt and Mark Brown have a wealth of unmatched knowledge and enthusiasm toward the sport of scuba diving. Native to the island, they can take you to sites that others may be unfamiliar with. 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 located in southeastern Willemstad.

The table below provides you with some key facts concerning the area's dive operators.

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
Goby Divers (999) 662-2853 0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad
Ocean Encounters at Lions Dive Hotel (999) 461-8131 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 0.6 mi. Southeast of 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 chart right below provides some key facts 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

For more information about diving, including suggestions and helpful tips for both beginners and experienced divers, read this comprehensive discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean.


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