Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Curaçao

Unspoiled beaches abound with locations for every level of diver and snorkeler. The spectacular “Underwater Park” includes miles of aquatic scenery and diverse marine life. The capital city of Willemstad represents a colorful and delightful array of Dutch history, with a distinct Caribbean flair.
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Oswaldo's Drop-off

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Oswaldo's Drop-off is found off the dive shop dock of the Princess Beach Resort. The site Car Pile is also found here. This is a fun dive with easy entry and exit. About 3 km South East of Punda, wind your way down the coastal roads of Penstraat to the intersection of Dr. MLKing Blvd and Koraalspechtweg.
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Cas Abao

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Cas Abao is another example of the pristine beaches that can be found on Curacao. This is a good family beach, for spending the morning or afternoon, but is also a premier dive site. Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 3.3 km to reach the intersection shown below.
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Playa Kalki (Alice in Wonderland)

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Kalki, also known as Alice In Wonderland, is a great afternoon dive destination. Perfect for sunning and kids, and the diving is spectacular! You'll find shade trees, a snack bar, and the most -- unique -- restroom you'll ever find. Bring food and water just in case the snack bar is closed. In the Northernmost village of Westpunt, turn left at the intersection below to head North along the coastal road. Playa Kalki is 1.3 km from this intersection.
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Saint Marie

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Saint Marie is located at Captain Don's Habitat. Recreated with the same 'diving freedom' concept of his Bonaire operation, you'll find the reef off his docks are some of the best on the island. 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 below.
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Playa Lagun

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Lagun is at the South end of Lagun. It's more of a family beach, but still with world-class diving only a few minutes out. Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 15 km to reach the intersection shown below in the village of Lagun.
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Port Marie

Curacao, ABC Islands

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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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Santu Pretu

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Kleine Knip

Curacao, ABC Islands

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This is a more rustic version of the previous site, Grote Knip. See that site for entrance instructions; Kleine Knip is along the way. Follow the directions of the Grote Knip site.
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Playa Largu

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Largu is the third of a series of sites in this area. Check out the previous two sites for entrance instructions. You'll find a rather large expanse of beach here for sunning, diving or whatever! Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 5.3 km to reach the intersection shown on Playa Manzalino site. Follow the directions from there.
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JanthielBaai

Curacao, ABC Islands

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The Southernmost, reasonable shore diving spot on Curacao is JanthielBaai. As a full service beach facility for families and divers, you'll find concessions, shade, showers, and even a dive shop on site. This is a great beach to spend the morning or afternoon. This site is 2.1 km Southeast of the Sea Aquarium, but the direct road is no longer open. You'll need to wind your way East of Willemstad to the community of Janthiel, off Caracasbaai. There are no easy instructions for the drive; you must obtain a good road map, and note the distances to each turn since many of the streets have no street signs. Good luck-- It's worth the search!
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Bapor Kibra

Curacao, ABC Islands

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The Bapor Kibra wreck, almost 100 years old, is off the Curacao Sea Aquarium. Conditions can be a little choppy, so check the weather before you head out. About 4 km Southeast of Punda, wind your way down the coastal roads of Penstraat, Dr. MLKing Blvd, and then on Bapor Kibra.
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Directors Bay

Curacao, ABC Islands

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This site only opened to the public recently. South of Jan Thiel Bay
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Superior Producer

Curacao, ABC Islands

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The wreck of the Superior Producer has been gathering coral since 1977, in about 25-35 meters (80-110 feet) of depth. It's a worthwhile and relatively easy wreck dive, when the conditions are right. Found on the coastal highway of Pater Euwensweg in Otrobanda, just 1.1 km West of the inlet to the harbor area of Willemstad.
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Tugboat Beach

Curacao, ABC Islands

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After my husband dived from a boat at this site and really liked it, we rented a car and drove out there so I could snorkel. It was the best snorkeling we did on the island. There are huge columns used for tying off ships that have lots of corals growing on them. The coral was pristine and the fish abundant. Coronets, spotted drums, parrotfish, several kinds of butterfly fish, eels, Spanish hogfish, and a very attractive tugboat below.<br><br>From Anonymous: Get there early and beat the snorkel boats to this picturesque site! Tugboat is everything you see in the dive Curacao ads. Shallow site, great for photographing the little things! Finish your dive by checking out under the pier. There is a small dive shop there, but the day we went they were out of tanks and have no compressor. The attendant promised to have tanks there in a hour, we waited two hours and still no tanks. Bring your own tanks! From downtown Willemstad go east to Salina and take Nieuwe Caracasbaaiweg all the way out to its end, which is a roundabout, where you take the left turn (east). continue along the road, passing the ruins of Fort Beekenburg and alongside Baya Beach. Follow the unpaved road up the hill and back down to a parking lot below the Quarantaine Building (old, large, yellow building on hill). At the end of the parking lot is a small beach facility. It has a small dive shop, picnic tables, a small cobbled beach, and snack shop, changing rooms, and showers. The shop's name is Tugboat. On the big 'SmartDriving' road map we got from out hotel this divesite is marked as #63, 'Tugboat'.
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Wet Suit City

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Wet Suit City is the sister-dive of the previous site, Airplane Wreck. Here you'll find a more pristine drop-off to explore. Follow the instructions from the Airplane Wreck site.
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Playa Jeremi

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Just North of the small village of Jeremi, you'll find one of our favorite dive sites. Less popular than the larger beaches, you'll enjoy the ambiance! Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 15.6 km to reach the intersection shown below in the village of Jeremi.
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Daaibooi

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Daaibooi is a more rustic beach, with a longer kick-out. It is well worth exploring. 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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Marriott House Reef

Curacao, ABC Islands

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This is a nice site for a check out dive. Easy entry and exit. The dive staff will help you as much as you would like. The recent storms have moved the beach onto the reef so the visibility and coral were not so good. Located at the Marriott resort. Go to the Marriott, drive through the employee parking lot to get to the dive shop. This is a full service dive shop.
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Boca Grandi

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Caracas Bay Lost Anchor

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Hulu

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Hulu, also known as Boca Hula, named after the very secluded private beach area. This Curaçao site offers a fairly steep wall encrusted with a large population of healthy mountainous star corals and a variety of colorful sponges. The environment here lends itself to being home an awesome combination of macro life, as well as special stars such as seahorses and frogfish. Playa Hulu, located next to Sponge Forest, is simply just a beautiful boat dive or possibly a shore dive depending on the availability to access this private property.
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Scenery Curacao

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Manzalino

Curacao, ABC Islands

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So, you wanted adventure? Well, this is the place! This begins your tour of three separate beaches: Playa Manzalino, Shon Moso, and Largu (the latter two are the following two sites). Each beach is unique in its personality, and is worth a visit. Take at least two tanks apiece, and plan on spending your morning here. Take lunch and plenty of water! Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 5.3 km to reach the intersection shown below.
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Boca Sami

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Boca Sami is off the beach of the Wederfoort Apartments. The owner of the apartments also runs the dive operations, as well as a bar in the village called the Octopus. Drop by and say hi. Due West of Willemstad, travel 2.4 km West on Weg Naar Bullenbaai. Turn left to head to the Village of Boca Sami. When you reach the water, turn left and travel for about 1 km.
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Playa Shon Moso

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Shon Moso is just to the South of the previous site, Playa Manzalino. Again, this is a rustic site, where you'll be assured of having your very own diving space! Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 5.3 km to reach the intersection shown on Playa Manzalino site. Follow the directions from there.
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Vaersen Bay

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Vaersen Bay is also associated with the site known as Car Wrecks. The beach here is small and rustic. In the three times we have been here, we've had the beach to ourselves! It is a good dive and worth the trip. Due West of Willemstad, travel 4.9 km West on Weg Naar Bullenbaai. Follow the landmarks below.
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Airplane Wreck

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Airplane Wreck (and Wet Suit City at the next site) are well worth the drive. You'll travel through some very scenic countryside and eventually land at the Sunset Waters Beach Resort (formerly the Coral Cliff Resort). The beach is for their guests, but you'll be welcome to pass through for the dive. They also have a dive shop at the end of the road by their beach. Drop by to say hi, and to let them know you'll be diving in the area. Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 8.3 km to reach the intersection in Soto shown on below.
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Pestbaai

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Pestbaai is an out-of-the-way, advanced diving site that may be worth your while. The site is open to the sea, so wind, waves, and current will be a consideration. We recommend doing this dive with a guide to increase your safety factor. Due West of Willemstad, travel 6.7 km West on Weg Naar Bullenbaai (about 1.9 km West of the Vaersen Bay turn off). Follow the landmarks below.
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Snake Bay

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Just down the road from Boca Sami is Snake Bay. This dive give you the opportunity to explore the reef further South. Due West of Willemstad, travel 2.4 km West on Weg Naar Bullenbaai. Turn left to head to the Village of Boca Sami. When you reach the water, turn left and travel for about 1 km.
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Grote Knip

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Grote Knip is another excellent beach for the whole family. The kick-out for the diver is a little far, but if you take your time, and enjoy the scenery, you'll be at the reef edge before you know it! 4.3 km South of the Northernmost village of Westpunt, turn at the intersection below.
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Rediho

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Car Wrecks

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Piscardo

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Situated at the far northwest end of the island in the town of Westpunt, this site is worth checking out just for the scenic drive through the undeveloped, cactus bedecked hills of Band Abou. The dive site is a short swim from the beach at Playa Forti, at the south end of town. Park in the lot at the top of the cliffs and take the stairs down to the water. The volcanic black sand can get very hot, so don’t forget your booties. Amenities are limited to some thatched parasols, with a restaurant above the beach serving food and drinks, where you can leap 35 feet down into the water below. (This is not a recommended entry with dive gear!)\n Enter at the beach and swim straight out to the drop-off, about 150 yards from shore. We recommend swimming on the surface to conserve air for your dive and for the return trip. Due to a good bit of boat traffic and a mostly sandy bottom, this is not a great spot for snorkeling. The reef starts in 30 feet of water and drops gradually to 120 feet. Both directions are good, depending on the current. Currents here are generally light but known to be unpredictable. The reef is in good condition, with Sea Whips, Sea Rods, Cup Coral, and Plate Coral growing along the wall. Look for plenty of Morays, Spotted Drums, Hamlets, and some Sea Turtles.
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Sandy's Plateau

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Piscadera Playa Largu

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Hundu Lost Anchor

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Boca Di Sorsaka

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Black Coral Garden

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Main Beach South

Curacao, ABC Islands

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