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About scuba diving in Curacao

Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea off the Venezuelan coast that forms part of the Dutch Caribbean. Curaçao is the largest of the so-called ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao), and lies between the two sister islands. Its capital is Willemstad, which is also the capital of all of the Netherlands Antilles. Curaçao is a very popular destination with tourists from all over the world. It offers a perfect Caribbean vacation with a variety of activities and sights, such as interesting Dutch architecture, lots of museums, national parks, historical spots, culture, and traditions, as well as many sports activities in the water. The crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea make Curaçao a very popular destination with scuba divers. Diving off the island is available year-round, and suits divers of all levels of experience. Curaçao offers around 40 unique dive areas, and there are over 65 must-see dive sites. Here, divers can discover vibrant coral reefs, shipwrecks, and rich underwater life. The diverse marine life in the waters off Curaçao includes manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, octopi, seahorses, and numerous other species of reef fish. Here, it is also possible to see dolphins or pilot whales. The southwestern side of Curaçao is one large coral reef and marine park. In the north, divers can dive at the Banda Abou National Park, in the central area, divers can dive at the Central Curaçao Underwater Park, and in the south, at the Curaçao Underwater Park. There are plenty of dive sites, from easy shore dives and pristine coral bay dives to sheer drop-offs, especially in the southeast. Wreck diving in Curaçao is also very popular with divers. The most notable wreck dive site is the Superior Producer, at a maximum depth of 30m/98ft. The Tugboat is in shallow water at 5m/16ft and is good for photography. Also, there is the Airplane wreck, which is a shore dive. Some of the shore dive sites that stand out include Playa Lagun, Playa Kalki (Alice in Wonderland), and Cas Abao. Beacon Point, Cornelius Bay, Mushroom Forest, Newport, Smokeys, Blue Bay Gardens, Snake Bay, East Point, Barracuda Point, Director’s Bay, Lost Anchor, and Divers Leap are all very popular dive sites.

When to go to Curacao

Scuba diving in Curaçao is available throughout the year. The climate of Curaçao Island is tropical savannah, which means that it's divided into the dry (from January to September) and wet (from October to December) seasons. The rainy season is not very distinguishable from the dry season because there are short rain showers at night, and the weather is sunny in the afternoons during the wet season. The island is not in the hurricane belt, but may be affected by hurricanes occasionally, such as Omar in 2008 or Anna in 1961. The warmest month on Curaçao is September, when the air temperature reaches 29C/84F, and the coolest is January, when the air temperature is 26C/79F on average. The average water temperature is about 23C/75F in winter, and 30C/85F in summer. Due to the absence of rivers and little rainfall, the visibility is usually perfect throughout the year. The average visibility ranges from 15-30m/50-100ft.

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