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

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth considering are listed in the chart 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're ready to dive, you should consider 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 within Willemstad.

Another good 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. 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 located in southeastern Willemstad.

Take a look at this table for a list of 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
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

You can look at the chart below to see details concerning some of the area's better-known 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 concerning diving, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read this comprehensive discussion of diving in the Caribbean.

 

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