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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

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...
Fantastic Birthday Dive with Aqua TCI  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 23rd August 2014 by raysclafani
While Aqua TCI is the newest dive company in Turks and Caicos, Stephanie and Bill Wallwork are among the most experienced dive operators on island. Most importantly, their commitment to superior client experience and passion for sharing their knowledge about underwater aquatic life is second to none in the TCI....
Excellent Day of Diving  Eco Dive Barbados, Barbados 4 Star Rating Added: 19th August 2014 by peterwestcarey
My wife and I are beginners and only dive occasionally on vacation, so we prefer an operator who can give a little extra effort in helping us stay safe and remember what we might not be sharp in our minds. Andrew did just that, from having our tanks ready on...
Perfect.....  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 2nd August 2014 by scubagirlz
This was the best scuba diving experience we have ever had - Stephanie and Bill are the perfect hosts, the boat is lovely and wide and roomy so there is plenty of space, they get you out to the dive sites as one of the first boats so we had...
Discovery Diver injured due to lack of safety  Ambassador Divers , Cayman Islands 1 Star Rating Added: 28th July 2014 by AvFlyer172
I am an advanced rated diver and have dived all over the world, but we had one in our group that was long time snorkeler and first time diver. He was given an incomplete safety briefing which left out the need to equalize air space in mask and when asked...
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