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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

Cheap, wild and amazing place to dive !  Richmond Vale Diving Academy, St Vincent and The Grenadines 4 Star Rating Added: Yesterday by Mergain2302
I'm doing my PADI Open Water Diver courses (3 dives now) at this place and it's really cool, the instructor is very nice and the dives are diversified, there is many places to dive around. And one of the main reason why I decided to do this here is because...
Best dive operation in the TCI!  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 25th March 2015 by evermeyer
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Great Dive Operator on Provo  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 21st March 2015 by parkergm
I scheduled my first trip to the Turks & Caicos (Provo) March because I wanted to dive there. I researched dive shops on Provo and found AquaTCI, a small husband and wife operation running out of the South Marina. They looked like just the type of dive operation I like,...
Dive boat capsizes  Sueno del Mar Dive Resort, Honduras 1 Star Rating Added: 17th March 2015 by Billshaw
Worst dive shop ever, Divemaster was arrogant and rude to the point where he wouldn't listen to the captain saying it was too dangerous and took over the boat and capsized it in a few minutes. The only thing he was worried about was the equipment in the water, he...
New World Unfolds  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 25th February 2015 by Barrspra
My daughter and I did our open water certification with Stephanie and Bill. I am a retired science teacher and realized right away the skills that Stephanie posessed comunicating the concepts needed for safe diving. Bill and Stephanie were thorough in their preparation and relaxed in their demeaner. The two...
Not a great experience  Marine Life Divers, Jamaica 1 Star Rating Added: 19th February 2015 by NorthernDiver
The O-rings on a lot of the tanks looked dried out and useless. When one of our tanks was leaking loudly, it took a few requests before the dive master replaced it. No pre-dive discussion of what to look for. Everyone was hustled off the boat so quickly that there...
Best dive in TCI  Aqua TCI, Turks and Caicos 5 Star Rating Added: 16th February 2015 by frankyfontaine
These guys are great! We saw 3 different species of shark, including a lemon (8 or so in total) on our first dive. Many other fun things to see as well. (Goliath grouper, giant rays, barracuda and many others) We had the pleasure and honor of being visited by a couple whales,...
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