Also famous for its electric blue liqueur - which is somewhat of
a misnomer as it comes in many colours - the island is probably not
the most beautiful of the Caribbean islands above the waves, but
vibrant coral gardens make this one of the most beautiful
underwater. Curaçao is a real paradise for divers and snorkellers.
Crystal clear, warm waters, easy diving from the shore or from the
boat, and exceptional coral should put the diving here on top of
every Caribbean divers' bucket list. The beauty of this island is
that you can dive pretty much everywhere from the shore. It's not
ideal for travellers looking to spend days on the beach as there
aren't really any decent ones, but Curaçao is perfect for hard-core
The capital city, Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a
lively port full of high-end retailers, restaurants and nightlife
spots is also worth a visit with its colourful colonial style
houses. There is much to commend this little island.
Curacao diving is all about corals, corals and more
In comparison with Bonaire, there might be less fish, but the
corals are as good if not better, and some of the standout dive
spots such as Playa Lagun, Playa Kalki (Alice in Wonderland) and
Cas Abao are directly accessible from the shore. If you prefer the
boat diving experience, there are still lots of sites all within
easy reach of the resorts.
Watamula, with its mushroom-shaped coral heads, and Porto Marie,
a double-reef system (which can be dived from both the shore and
from a boat), are treasure troves of small life such as yellow
seahorses and Pederson cleaner shrimp. Classic can't-miss dives
include Mushroom Forest and the Superior Producer wreck.