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Curacao Scuba Diving


Imagine! A group of Caribbean islands not subject to hurricanes but with a very Caribbean climate of 75°- 85°F (26°- 30°C), lower rainfall than many other islands (supporting cactus rather than rain forest), and a water temperature of 80°F (26°C) — which makes this a perfect island to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, and just laying on the beach.

One of the more popular Curacao scuba diving sites is the Tugboat sitting upright in 15 feet (5m) of water. Not only is this a good shallow dive for beginners, or a great way to end a deep dive on the wall nearby – a safety stop at 15 feet (5m) does not have to be spent doing nothing! – it’s great for snorkelers, too.

Wreck divers will also appreciate the Superior Producer. At 80 – 110 feet (25m – 35m), this is not a beginner’s dive, due to the strong currents that sometimes prevail. The wheelhouse is covered with colorful corals and sponges, which provide a spectacular backdrop for photographers. Many of the ship’s hatches are open providing some very interesting structures to swim through — non-certified wreck divers should take special care or stay outside the structure.

Mushroom Forest and Mushroom Cave offer shallower, 30 – 50 foot (10m – 15m) dives, alive with a tremendous variety of fish and huge coral formations. Here is a mysterious cave full of silversides and glassy sweepers, with coral-covered boulders littering the floor of the cave.

Take a day trip to Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao), a rugged, uninhabited island off the eastern coast. Sponge covered walls, pelagics, dolphins, and sharks are some of the sights you’ll see around Klein.

Curaçao’s scuba diving accommodations range from small Dutch inns to large resort complexes, many of which sport a casino and/or a jazz club. The capital city of Willemstad resembles old Amsterdam itself, with brightly painted Dutch colonial buildings sparkling in the Caribbean sunshine. Look for Curaçao, and her sister islands, Aruba and Bonaire, in an atlas, off the coast of Venezuela in the South Caribbean Sea.

English, Dutch, Papiamento (a mixed language) and Spanish are spoken, and most of the islanders speak all four languages fluently. As a result, shopping is a breeze, and all kinds of goods are available downtown with duty-free jewelry, china, electronic, and clothing stores lining the narrow streets. Then there are the many monuments, parks, and historical sites that make Curaçao a very unique holiday destination.

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