Curaçao is situated 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela and is known for its pockets of beautiful beaches, clear water and an awe-inspiring diving experience. Divers from all over the world converge in the largest island of the Dutch Antilles to get a piece of the Bon Bini action, and a few amazing dive pictures and videos for their scuba portfolio.
Getting to Curaçao is easy and convenient. The island boasts of an international airport with daily flights from the US, the Netherlands and Latin America, and two docking sites for cruise ships. Getting around the island is also trouble-free with several options that you can choose from. You can rent a car, use bikes and motorcycles or by bus.
There are over 100 dive sites in Curaçao with some only accessible by boat, which makes for an exotic and unforgettable dive experience. There are also dive sites that can be accessed through the beaches, making relaxing and diving easy and convenient. Curaçao has also placed 1st on the 2011 Scuba Diving Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards for Diving for Beginners and 3rd place for Shore Diving.
The beach has plenty of dive centers and dive resorts that rent out equipment and provide guides and boats to and from the sites for a small fee. For unlicensed or inexperienced divers, there are also a variety of diving schools that offer dive certifications, enabling you to get your diving license within a few days.
For wreck diving, head on to the Airplane Wreck, which can be easily reached by boat. As the name implies, you’ll be seeing the remains of an airplane that crashed in the area years ago. Alternatively, you could go to Tug Boat, which features a tugboat that sank 25 years ago. In the same site, you can also explore a sea wall and the deep waters.
For reef diving, you have plenty of options to choose from. The Valley aka Porto Marie is one of the top 10 dive sites around the island. This dive site has a “valley” between two parallel reefs, which is the home of a diverse reef life. Harry’s Hole is also a favorite of divers for its easy accessibility from the beach of the Sunset Waters Resort.
If you’re a more advanced diver looking for a challenging dive site, Hell’s Corner may be the place you’re looking for. Largely unprotected from the open waters, large waves come crashing into the rocks on the shore. This dive site has an abundance of marine life and schools of barracudas and jacks, sea turtles and green morays call Hell’s Corner their home.
There are no shortages of diving options in Curaçao and many Special offers and packages year round. The Bon Bini culture ensures that you will be welcomed with warmth and unparalleled hospitality in the island.