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.
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.
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.
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Sea Pro Divers - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Added: 7th December 2013 by MB232
I arrived with my girlfriend to Punta Cana for three weeks of holiday aiming at making at least 15 dives during our holiday. I carried all my dive kit from the UK paying lots of money for 30 kg of extra luggage for dive equipment.
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DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
Total Watersports, Jamaica
Added: 26th November 2013 by juliepowell
My husband completed his PADI Openwater in July. Despite numerous emails and telephone calls he still has not received his certification. We are now having to pay an additional amount for PADI to investigate it. The diving instruction was also very basic and I was concerned at the time how...
Very Concerned Diver.
Barbados Blue Water Sports, Barbados
Added: 25th November 2013 by piggy1943
Barbados Blue Water Sports seemed "nothing" like the TripAdvisor reviews. BBWS has the singular distinction of employing the ONLY dive operator crew NOT to receive a "tip" from me for services over my past 15 plus year, 313 SCUBA dive history of experience. BBWS appears to be a low budget...
Pirate's Lady, Bahamas
Added: 13th November 2013 by lloydstuart
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Awesome Dive experience
Coki Dive Center, US Virgin Islands
Added: 11th November 2013 by easyguy329
We visited St. Thomas while on a cruise. The Team at Coki were great! They were accommodating, friendly, professional and very patient! This was my wife and two son's first experience at Scuba and they made it an enjoyable one! My wife would not have made it if it wasn't...
Best operator on Carriacou
Deefer Diving, Grenada and Carriacou
Added: 27th October 2013 by EZoeller
Gary and Alex are quickly becoming one of the premier dive operators in the area and we had nothing but the best of experiences with them! Carriacou is a small island, and though small and casual, Deefer Diving offers a first class experience.
We dove with them for a week...
Salt Cay Divers, Turks and Caicos
Added: 25th October 2013 by marine9
I and my son returned recently (8/13) to Salt Cay Divers and again dove with DM Richard. My son does not have a great deal of dive experience, but after two days Richard had him diving like a pro! Can't say enough about now laid-back, but professional Richard acts.