Dive sites Curacao
Mouse over the dive flags to see which dive site it is. If you want to know more about a certain dive spot click on the flag. These are just a few of the dive spots on Curacao. If you want to know more about a certain dive spot which is not listed here write us an email.
|Klein Curacao||Klein Cura�ao is a small island where it's beautiful to go diving and snorkeling.||Check|
|Directorsbay / Kabaye||Over here you can go diving on the left to the Point or on the right diving towards the wall.||Check|
|Tugboat||The Tugboat is one of the easiest but also one of the most beautiful dive spots on Curacao.||Check|
|Lost Anchor||This spot is not very well know and to reach it you have to swim out for about 10min.||Check|
|Marie Pampoen / Car Pile||Marie Pampoen is a small beach from where you can enter and then dive to the left.||Check|
|Superior Producer||The Superior Producer sank in front of Otrobanda close to the Mega Pier.||Check|
|Bluebay||An impressive wall dive, this site is a must see for those who enjoy vertical drop-offs.||Check|
|Vaersenbay / Kokomobeach||Swim to the drop-off, that starts at 7m / 21ft en goes all the way to 40 m.||Check|
|Porto Marie||The reef is a double reef, with a sand valley in between the first and second reef||Check|
|Mushroom Forest||This dive spot can only be reached by boat. Located just south of Santa Cruz on the sparsely populated northwest side of Curacao.||Check|
|Playa Lagun||The cove has cliffs on both sides and is well protected so is always calm.||Check|
|Playa Piskado||Enter directly at the pier and there are a lot of the small creatures.||Check|
|Playa Kalki / Alice in Wonderland||Follow the stairs to the beach. Swim at the surface to the right in the direction of the rocks.||Check|
Klein Cura�ao is a small island where it's beautiful to go diving and snorkeling. It's advisable to go diving there with a guide because currents easily pick up and often pull you out to the open ocean.
Directorsbay / Kabaye
Over here you can go diving on the left to the Point or on the right diving towards the wall. The shallow part ends really fast into a wall that goes straight down to a depth of 40m / 120ft. If you follow this wall to the right it stays like this and in some parts there are even some small holes. If you follow it to the right the first part of the reef isn't that spectacular but after 10 min of diving you going to end up at the point. As soon as you're around this point you are going to find a beautiful reef with huge sponges and corals. Watch out for currents after you reach the point.
The Tugboat is one of the easiest but also one of the most beautiful dive spots on Curacao. Over here you can find a reef which goes over after a while into a wall, a shallow wreck on a depth of 5m /15ft which makes it also nice for snorkeling at the pier where some seahorses can be found. Recommended for all divers no matter what level of experience they have.
This spot is not very well know and to reach it you have to swim out for about 10min. Considering that not many divers go which means that the reef is nearly untouched and really nice for Lionfish hunting. For this dive we recommend a local dive guide.
Marie Pampoen / Car Pile
Marie Pampoen is a small beach from where you can enter and then dive to the left. The reef is slowly going deeper and is full of corals and sponges. After 10-15min you will reach the Car Pile. It starts on a depth of 15m / 45ft and goes down to about 70m / 220ft. The cars are nearly not recognizable anymore but there are also boats and a lot of other metal objects down there to explore.
The Superior Producer sank in front of Otrobanda close to the Mega Pier. Because of that you can only dive there if there is no cruise ship in the harbor. The wreck is upright on a depth of 30m / 100 ft. The entrance is not easy and you have to know where the ship is otherwise you can easily miss it.
An impressive wall dive, this site is a must see for those who enjoy vertical drop-offs. To reach the Wall you have to go to Blue Bay Beach. Enter the water at the right side of the beach and swim right towards the cliffs. The reef starts at about 25 feet and drops almost vertically to more than 140 feet. Hanging over the vertical drop off can give you the sensation of flying. Along the edge of the drop-off there�s a healthy mix of Gorgonians and Stony Corals, with some large Sea Fans waving in the current. Following the wall back in the direction of the beach you will find some impressive coral formations and large schools of fish, with some of the better specimens at a depth of 40 � 60 feet. This is a good site to find the Longsnout Butterfly-fish searching the recesses for invertebrates.
Vaersenbay / Kokomobeach
Swim to the drop-off, that starts at 7m / 21ft en goes all the way to 40 m. If you follow the reef to the left after 20 min you�ll see the contours of a wreck (a pontoon) that was used to transport the car wrecks to their the dump spot.The shallow point is at 20 m while the deepest part goes down to 35 m. The wreck is on the reef and is covered by sponges and surrounded with a lot of fishes like Sergeant-Mayors, trumpet-fish etc.
The reef is a double reef, with a sand valley in between the first and second reef and it�ll reach a depth of 30m. The 2nd reef starts on a depth of 16m / 48ft and drops down to a depth of 50m / 150ft where you can spot the Garden Eels dancing on the sandy plateau. At the 2nd reef often Eagle or Sting-rays are spotted. Early in the morning the rays comes from the depths to visit the shallows on their search for food. They dig the sand on search for shells. You can also spot different Parrotfish and schools of Goatfish, Moray eels, Trunkfish and much more. It�s also funny to search for the Yellow head blennies that live in self created holes. They�ll come out to eat the plankton that passes by.
This dive spot can only be reached by boat. Located just south of Santa Cruz on the sparsely populated northwest side of Curacao. Spread across a wide plateau, the Forest starts close to the shoreline cliffs in 40 feet of water and runs several hundred yards out to a depth of 60 feet before reaching a steep drop off. Depending on the current (which is ordinarily light but can get quite strong) we dive in the direction of the Blue Room, exploring the reef. We�ll see giant mushroom shaped coral formations sprouting from the seafloor. These were formed over many decades as the bottoms of the Great Star and Plate Corals were slowly undermined by fish, wave action, sponges, and clams, leaving the appearance of a stalk supporting a big mushroom head. Some have grown to over ten feet in diameter. There is a chance to see Turtles, Cowfish, Spotted Eels, Golden tail Eels, Stingrays, Spotted Drums, Lobster etc. The dive will take about 60 minutes to reach the Blue Room or the Blue Cave for the shimmering blue light that greets you once you swim inside and look back towards the entrance. With the cave ceiling stretching 20 feet above the water line there�s an ample air pocket once inside.
The cove has cliffs on both sides and is well protected so is always calm. Follow the sandy bottom look for seahorses and watch out for the sea turtles. Following the left cliffs enjoying and exploring the edges along the cliffs where Cup Coral, Anemones, Brain Coral, and numerous small reef fish make their home. Outside the bay (left side) you'll find two small caves after about 200 yards. Those can be explored by properly trained divers. To reach the drop-off, swim/snorkel straight out from the mouth of the bay an additional 100 yards.. The reef starts in 30 feet of water and drops gradually to a depth of 100 feet. The current is usually, but not always, light. The reef to the left has large colonies of Great Star Coral, Brain Coral, Stove Pipe Sponges, Cup Coral, and Sea Rods thriving.
Enter directly at the pier and there are a lot of the small creatures, little fishes and cleaning shrimps to be found. Swim to the drop-off (5 min) and watch out for boats because it�s a fisherman's harbor. The coral formations at the drop-off are a habitat for a lot of colorful fishes.
Playa Kalki / Alice in Wonderland
Follow the stairs to the beach. Swim at the surface to the right in the direction of the rocks. The shallow part of the bay has been hit hard by hurricanes Lenny (1999) and Omar (2008) and is just recovering. After a few minutes you�ll reach the drop-off that starts at 10m/30ft. and continues to below 100 feet. Either direction is good, but current permitting head right. Plate Coral, Flower Coral, and Star Coral are abundant, with Parrotfish, Soldier fish, Damselfish, and Morays inhabiting the formations. Eagle Rays and Turtles are regular visitors here, as well as Tuna and Mackerel chasing bait fish.