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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Port Marie
Porto Marie is another expansive beach perfect for relaxing, swimming, or diving. There is a small entry fee, but the money is well spent, maintaining the beach to five-star standards. Northwest of Willemstad, travel 7.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection. Turn left to head to St. Willibrordus and St. Marie. Travel 4.7 km to reach the intersection shown on the Saint Marie dive site. Follow the instructions from there.
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Nov 13, 2003, 12:00 AM
I've probably done half my dives in Curacao, and this is my favorite. There are dive facilities including suit-up, rinse tank, etc., on the beach. The swim to the reef is short, although unlike many of the Curacao beaches, this gets deeper, about 60' by the time you hit reef. I tend to swim on or near the surface until I'm out to the reef to conserve air. Once down, there is a sandy bottom trench between two reef systems, both of which are filled with hard and soft corals, morays, fish, lobster, etc. Have even spotted a shark here. The sandy bottom slopes gently down to about 130', so keep an eye on depth and air! There is plenty of exploring to do on top of the reefs if you don't want to go so deep. This is a must-do dive if you go to Curacao. Downsides are fee to get to the beach and the AWFUL road from the highway to the beach.