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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

One of the most professional outfits I have dived with!  Scuba Steve's Diving, St Lucia 5 Star Rating Added: 16th April 2014 by scubaman50
I did 10 dives (not doves!) with this centre on my recent holiday. To sum the centre up, they were professional, organised and very safety concious. For example, I was picked up from where I was staying, the kit on the boat was organised and in excellent condition. The crew were professional,...
Had an awesome week diving with N2 the Blue!  N2 The Blue, US Virgin Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 7th April 2014 by Katemiller
The staff was great, they took care of everything - we didn't even have to lift a tank! We were able to do our 1st night dive at the F'stead pier. It was out of the world with sea horses and octopus - we had to add another night dive...
Professional Diving  Coconut Tree Divers, Honduras 5 Star Rating Added: 6th April 2014 by lonestars
Started the holiday with a few poor dives at other locations, wanted still dive but lost a lot of confidence. went back to basics with the Coconut Instructor "ted". He sorted out my issues and my wife and I continued on 20 plus dives with Coconut Tree. Basic message is...
Great Diving!  Sunset House, Cayman Islands 4 Star Rating Added: 1st April 2014 by gbriston
Was there in Feb 2014. Great diving and had a great time. Nice boat staff. Wish there were more than 3 dives a day. The only thing I didn't like was hauling my gear and weights on and off the boat every single day! I feel they should have used...
Indigo Divers for Xmas  Indigo Divers, Cayman Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 23rd March 2014 by DJ1967
My family and I had the pleasure of diving with Chris and Kate the week before Christmas. I have had the opportunity of diving several locations in the Caribbean and with many dive operators and there are no better than Indigo Divers. From the moment you book your dives until...
Excellent dive in Curacao!  CURious2DIVE, Curacao 5 Star Rating Added: 22nd March 2014 by Mountaingirl
Had a fantastic dive in Mushroom Forest and Blue Room with Curious2dive. Not only is Hans a great divemaster, he also shared some interesting island history and his involvement in island betterment programs. We would definetly dive with Hans and Curious2dive again. 5 stars!
Give them a miss  Sea Pro Divers - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 1 Star Rating Added: 20th March 2014 by Bwanap
I am a former PADI dive instructor who was taught and believes in safety in diving above all else. Sea Pro failed miserably on this count. I've been with other dive clubs who were worse and when nothing goes wrong it doesn't seem like a big deal but when it...
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