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Curacao

Overview:

Curacao is a dutch island, with capital of Willemstad, which is also capital to the whole of the Netherland Antilles.  Willemstad is well worth a visit as the town has over 700 historic buildings and the preservation of many buildings is well under way.  Willemstad is also a duty free port.

What to see:

The diving in Curacao is very good with some popular wreck dives, most notably, the Superior Producer at a maximum depth of 30 meters.  The Tugboat is also very popular as it is in shallow water at 5 meters and is excellent for photography.  Also, there is The Airplane Wreck, which is a shore dive, the location being marked on the surface with a buoy.

A very popular event for divers happens in September and October with the coral spawning.  It happens 7 days after the full moon and the local dive centres are well aware of the happening, which does not last long and ensure that their clients are in the water at the correct location at the right time.  The best dives are the Mushroom Forest and Alice in Wonderland where there are copious amounts of star coral.

There are over 60 dive sites and more than half are accessed from the shore.

Need to know:

The southern area is a protected underwater marine park and, throughout the island, dive centres ask that divers make a voluntary donation (currently US$10) to help protect the environment.

Useful stuff:
Language: English is widely used
Currency: The Netherlands Antillean Guilder or US$
Time: GMT - 5
Climate: Tropical
Natural hazards: Not in the hurricane belt
Diving season: 12 months
Water temperature: Jan to March - 24C/75F
June to October – 28C/82F

Caribbean: Latest User Reviews

Incredible dive experience  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 16th October 2014 by ashubin
Steph and Bill made for an incredible week of diving. The diving was truly world class with a wide variety of structure and sea life. The clarity was amazing! Because Bill and Steph cater to smaller groups of divers I felt very comfortable knowing Steph was always nearby. Steph was...
Customer Service like Nordstrom  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 11th October 2014 by jsperopulos
Wow! What an amazing time I had diving with Aqua TCI. Stephanie and Bill provided custom service on par with that of Nordstrom. Stephanie guided most of our dives; she knew all the cool places to take us and did a great job preparing us for what to observe while...
The way you want a dive shop to be  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 7th October 2014 by solssen
My family and I have traveled throughout the Caribbean. Unfortunately, I am the only diver amongst us and must dive alone. I originally chose Aqua TCI because they were not the large, cattle herding shop where I would get left out with an overcrowded boat. My day with Aqua TCI...
fantastic Diving and Customer Care  CURious2DIVE, Curacao 5 Star Rating Added: 22nd September 2014 by dennisjks
If you are going to Curacao to dive, you should first try to book with Curious2Dive. If for some reason they are full, you could consider someone else. I was coming off a cruise ship and didn't the "resort" or "cruise ship" dive which usually is diving to 50 feet...
Fantastic Dive Operation, Highly recommended  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 13th September 2014 by l00ptruy
I normally do not give 5/5 but I will do it this time! Bill & Steph do know very, very well how to organize a dive operation given the fact they have worked as dive instructors for so many years. I am surely glad they decided to open up their own...
awesome !!  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 13th September 2014 by melwindowgal
I have been coming down to the islands of Turks and Caicos for a number years and have been diving with Bill and Steph. Aqua TCI is the most professional operation yet the humor and Witt are there as well. From their knowledge of the dive spots to their equipment...
Excellent week of diving with Steph and Bill!  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 7th September 2014 by PinkDonkey
We’re a group of 6 experienced divers who have been diving in TCI since 2008, returning almost every year since then, and consequently thought we’d done everything there was to do. We were wrong! Bill and Steph hosted us for a week in August on their new boat and gave us...
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