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Scuba diving in Curaçao

Featuring easy shore access to most of its dive sites, independent divers will love the coral reefs, steep walls and shipwrecks of Caribbean Curacao.
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Highlights

The Superior Producer

One of the best wrecks in the Caribbean, the Superior Producer sits upright at 100 feet (30 meters) with a penetrable wheelhouse and cargo holds.

Shore Diving in the Northwest

Although boat diving is most popular, the dive sites on the northwest side of Curacao are easily accessible from shore, perfect for independent divers.

Mushroom Forest

A good example of Curacao’s healthy coral reefs, Mushroom Forest is defined by its mushroom-shaped hard corals and abundant colorful marine life.

Diving in Curaçao

Quick facts

Like its neighbors, Aruba and Bonaire, Curacao is home to plentiful diving opportunities. This Caribbean island features amazing coral reefs, walls and sunken ships. The island’s dive sites are protected from strong currents, there is little river runoff to hinder visibility and the waters are warm year-round, making this is a great place for those just blowing their first bubbles or learning a new skill.

Most of Curacao’s dive sites are accessible from shore, and most resorts have gorgeous house reefs to explore. However, boat diving is the method of choice for dive operators on the island. Do note that Mushroom Forest is one of the only dive sites where a boat dive is necessary.

For those diving independently, dive flags are encouraged.

When to go

Curacao enjoys consistently good weather year-round. April to June has the calmest weather while January to March see an occasional winter squall.

April to November

Curacao’s dry season lasts from about April to November. During these months, the island will be extremely dry and sunny, experiencing consistently calm weather. Sea conditions remain steady throughout the season with sea temperatures at 85°F (29°C) and air temperatures at approximately 89°F (31°C). The dry season is recommended for those who value both beach time and dive time.

Finally, remember that while other Caribbean islands are suffering through hurricane season during these months, Curacao is located on the far southern edge of the hurricane belt and is rarely at risk of these massive storms.

December to March

The rainy season on Curacao begins in December and lasts until March. These four months will bring a brief daily downpour to the island. You can expect only slightly cooler temperatures both in and out of the water. Air temperatures average 85°F (29°C) and water temperatures drop to 79°F (26°C). The only disadvantage to visiting at this time of year is the increased trade winds which blow from January through April.

If you don’t mind the wind, travel to Curacao during the rainy season. This is the low season, so you’ll find better deals on both diving and accommodation.

When it comes down to it, any time is the best time to dive in Curacao. The marine life is unchanged between seasons. You can feel comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll experience great diving during any month of the year.

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Where to dive

The majority of dive sites are located along the long, southwest coast of Curacao. Advanced divers should head to the north when conditions permit.

    USD 50Per dive
    USD 47Per dive

    Snorkeling in Curaçao

    Because Curacao has very little river run-off, the visibility of its waters is excellent, creating ample opportunity for snorkeling. Alice in Wonderland is a favorite among divers and snorkelers. You’ll see healthy reefs and plentiful fish. If you’re lucky, you might even come eye-to-eye with a sea turtle!
    There are over 60 sites to explore around this Caribbean island. One of the most popular is the Alice in Wonderland dive, where you can glide along a surprisingly tall wall only a short paddle from the shore. Hiding in its many crevices are octopi, eels, and lobsters that look good enough to eat. Another stellar dive is the “Superior Producer” a 60 m/ 200 ft wreck that is often called one of the very best in the Caribbean. Barracuda school in intimidating gangs, idling through the currents with ease. Because of the inherent danger of wreck diving, this site is best relegated to experienced divers, even though it is within swimming distance of the beach. For some of the most pristine dives available, head to the uninhabited isle of Klein Curacao, found off the southwesternmost tip of Curacao. This little-known diving paradise has several reef dives worthy of a few days diving.

    What to see

    You can see pilot whales, dolphins, rays, and even turtles during your dives on Curacao. Keep an eye on small nooks and crannies and you may luck out and see a tiny seahorse or a highly camouflaged octopus. Nurse sharks and lobsters lurk under large corals and boulders. Morays, anemones and tube sponges inhabit the wrecks nearby. Of course, you’ll also encounter more colorful reef fish than you can hope to log.

    The coral and sponges off the coast of Curacao are worth mentioning, as well. There is one sponge near Boca Sta Martha that is referred to as “the double bed” because of its tremendous size.

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