Playa Manzalino

Curacao, ABC Islands
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Playa Manzalino

So, you wanted adventure? Well, this is the place! This begins your tour of three separate beaches: Playa Manzalino, Shon Moso, and Largu (the latter two are the following two sites). Each beach is unique in its personality, and is worth a visit. Take at least two tanks apiece, and plan on spending your morning here. Take lunch and plenty of water! Northwest of Willemstad, travel 12.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection to San Pedro. Turn left to head toward Soto. Travel 5.3 km to reach the intersection shown below.
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:06 AM
scuba
You can park close to water's edge. Choose your own private shade tree! Enter anywhere along the beach. You can see the dive buoy to the right Eventually you'll come across Landhuis San Juan. If there is a guard there, you'll be asked for 5 guilders. Then proceed to the right of the Landhuis where you'll find a one lane gate to begin your journey. We have made this trip several times in a small car with only a few tentative moments. The roads are usually well groomed, but if you prefer absolute security, get a 4-wheel drive for the day! Turn when you run across this rather obscure sign. Use your GPS to remove all doubt. Either direction is wonderful. Let the current be your guide (swimming into it, of course!).
Debby Kaplan
Debby Kaplan
Apr 20, 2012, 12:00 AM
scuba
This was our 3rd time to dive the San Juan area. We were very disappointed. The storms have not been kind to this area. The corals have been blown over and the coral bleaching is everywhere.
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Marie Newberry
Marie Newberry
Oct 30, 2011, 12:00 AM
scuba
We went to this site in Aug 2011 for the first time even though we have been to Curacao many times. We had 4 divers. We alternated 2 divers and 2 people on the beach to watch the car. It was a great dive site. We drove down to the beach, geared up at the car, and walked in. Not a very far swim out to the reef. Very easy. No current that day. Great diving. Make sure if you go, it has not rained lately, because the road is dirt, and in one place, it has a very steep hill. A 4 wheel drive truck is a plus. There was only one other couple on the beach, and no other divers. Worth the 5 Guilders to get in.
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Aquajon
Aquajon
Sep 9, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
Excellent shore dive. We dove this on a Tuesday and had the whole area to ourselves. No other divers, some sun bathers after we finished our dive, the marine life was great, huge amounts of coral. The site is remote but had no problems.
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Mike F
Mike F
Jun 14, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
Very secluded, private, far from the road, some shade trees (avoid the Manchineel trees - they're poisonous !). The dirt road is a bit bumpy but you can drive down in a regular car, going slow. Cost about $3 to get in, paying a guard near the 'landhuis' ruins. Beach is coral rocky & sand, rocky bottom, very calm water, lots of good fish and coral underwater. Only 1 other tourist couple showed up when I was there. Didn't see any other locals and didn't have any reason to fear for my safety.
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John Wood
John Wood
Jan 25, 2007, 12:00 AM
scuba
WARNING! Armed Robbery on this beach! My wife and I were spending the day at this beach snorkeling and laying in the sun. We were the only ones on this beach. About noon another car pulled up and a single man got out with snorkeling gear. Suddenly another man, that looked to be a local, came out of the bushes, pulled out a gun and held it to the head of the other man. The gunman took the other man's cash, credit cards, and car keys and then ran off to a waiting car and was gone. We took the robbery victim to the local police station. The police old us that this was happening more and more all the time, and the less populated beaches were not safe anymore. For your own safety avoid this beach.
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CBS
CBS
Dec 16, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great site. The drive in was very nice, and the secluded beach (without facilities) had very beautiful scenery. The water was calm with easy entry and approx 50 meter kick out. The reef is in great condition with a good combo of hard and soft coral in interesting formations. We saw an eagle ray, large schools of small fish being stalked by barracuda, and a large number of spotted eels. This is one of my favorite sites, up there with Watamula.
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Allan Myers
Allan Myers
Dec 21, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
Feb 2002. The drive/road down to Playa Manzanilla (Mansalina) was good for a dirt road. A bit of a steep hill just past the Landhuis gate where you may have to pay 5 guilder to pass. Saw several parrots flying along the road on each of my visits to the three dive sites on this stretch of the coast. The beach was very secluded and nice place to hang out if you don't mind not having any facilities available. Entry was easy followed by a short kick out to the reef (about 50ft). The current was never very strong, but it did vary in direction on each dive. The reef is awesome in either direction and is pretty much the same reef continued from the Playa Shon Mosa dive site. Lots of coral with lots of hiding spots for morays large and small!
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RobnKim
RobnKim
Aug 7, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
After the turnoff to 'San Juan' - you will come across a fork in the road fairly soon. This fork to the right goes to someones house so keep going straight to head towards the Landhuis. As you head through the gate get your 5 Nfl ready (about $3). The people are very nice and try to speak English and help guide you to the dive sites. There were a few groups of Dutch campers. We found a shade tree to park under to suit up. As already mentioned, look out for the trees, and also the mesquite thorns littering the area that go right through your dive booties. Once out in the water, as you're paddling out to the dive site, if you turn around you can see both Manzalino and Playa Shon Moso. They are different beaches, but basically you are diving the same reef.. Outstanding dive. First time I've seen a turtle in Curacao.
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Jerry Litzza
Jerry Litzza
Nov 25, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
We did three dives here and had a beach party. The six of us had a private beach. Road is a bit rough and the squeeze thru the gate was tight for the truck. Nice reef. Saw big octopus, Green morays, and turtles. Watch out for the Manzanilla Trees, they will cause your skin to sting and blister if you touch them when wet.
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