Diving in Curaçao: An Overview
Curaçao is part of the Dutch Caribbean, and the island is located just north of Venezuela. Deep inside the Caribbean Sea, Curaçao is safe from hurricanes, and its climate varies very little throughout the year. With easy and beautiful diving, as well amazing weather year round, Curaçao is definitely a winning destination.
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 divers.
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 corals!
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.