Curacao in a Nutshell - Curacao has a little of everything which is why it's a top choice for many divers. Not only does it have easy and beautiful diving, it has great topside activities/views as well.
Marine Life - Like Bonaire, this is a “macro” island, so Shark and Manta sightings are rare. You can find Frogfish, Longlured, and occasional Occelated that can be great subjects for wide-angle close ups. Other creatures include Pigmy Angelfish (Centropyge argi), Flameback Angel, Gobies and Blennies, Clinging, Cryptic, Neck and Speck Clawed crabs, Banded Coral, Scarlet, Red Night shrimps, and Red Banded Lobster. Pederson and Spotted Cleaner Shrimps can be found on every dive. The Lettuce Sea Slug is the easiest Nudibranch to spot and comes in three-color phases.
Water Temperatures: In the mid 80s in summer, to high 70s in winter.
Visibility: 50 - 100 ft.
Average Depth Range: 16 - 262 ft.
Watamula - Probably one of the top dive sites on the island. Often a drift dive, an hour on this site is like going to an IMAX movie. Large coral heads extend from 30 ft. to 80 ft. and large bait balls are often encountered. Turtles are common and there has been a rare whale shark sighting here.
Elvin's Plane Wreck - Named after a sunken fuselage, there is always something different to see here. Many locals call this their favorite dive. Like Watamula, this is primarily a boat dive (it can be done with a guide from the shore) but is only a few minutes from All West dive shop.
Alice in Wonderland - A great site for shallow macro work but the reef drop off from 30 to 100 feet offers a chance to find turtles, rays and large schools of bait fish. This is an easy shore dive and can be two or three sites in one.
Mushroom Forest - Gets its name from a maze of large coral heads that have taken on the shapes of giant mushrooms. A long boat ride from the East End, but only 20-30 minutes from the West end. Most dive magazines call this the signature dive of Curacao.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities - The capital of the whole Netherland Antilles, Willemstad is located on Curacao. It is well worth a visit with over 700 historic buildings. Sights worth seeing include some of the numerous museums, the floating market, and the Queen Juliana Bridge. Coves and caves surround the island, the Hato Caves for example, cover an area of 4,900 meteres squared. It holds romantic pools, waterfalls, limestone formations, and the famous Madonna statue - and keep a lookout for the long nose fruit bats!
Currency: Netherlands Antillean Guilder (ANG)
Main Airport Code: CUR
Time Zone: UTC-4
Vaccines: Please check the CDC website for updated information on vaccines, health concerns, etc.
Visa: Generally tourists holding a valid passport may enter Curacao without a written permit and remain for a period of up to 90 days.
Language: The official languages in Curacao are Papiamentu, Dutch & English.
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