Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Curaçao

Ready to check out the best sites in Curaçao for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 41 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Curaçao to suit your needs.
Curaçao dive site map
Oswaldo's Drop-off

#1 - Oswaldo's Drop-off

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Oswaldo's Drop-off is found off the dive shop dock of the Princess Beach Resort. The site Car Pile is also found here. This is a fun dive with easy entry and exit. About 3 km South East of Punda, wind your way down the coastal roads of Penstraat to the intersection of Dr. MLKing Blvd and Koraalspechtweg.
Cas Abao

#2 - Cas Abao

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Cas Abao is another example of the pristine beaches that can be found on Curacao. This is a good family beach, for spending the morning or afternoon, but is also a premier dive site. 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 3.3 km to reach the intersection shown below.
Playa Kalki (Alice in Wonderland)

#3 - Playa Kalki (Alice in Wonderland)

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Kalki, also known as Alice In Wonderland, is a great afternoon dive destination. Perfect for sunning and kids, and the diving is spectacular! You'll find shade trees, a snack bar, and the most -- unique -- restroom you'll ever find. Bring food and water just in case the snack bar is closed. In the Northernmost village of Westpunt, turn left at the intersection below to head North along the coastal road. Playa Kalki is 1.3 km from this intersection.
Playa Lagun

#4 - Playa Lagun

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Lagun is at the South end of Lagun. It's more of a family beach, but still with world-class diving only a few minutes out. Snorkelling: nice in the bay, with cliffs and rocks overgrown with coral and sponges. Sometimes there are turtles swimming in the bay. The drop-off start approx. 150-200 m from the beach, at a depth of 10 m. Slope 45 degrees outward, till a depth of 30 m, afterwards steeper. Beautiful coral, growing in mushroom shapes, lots of sea-life. South end of Lagun. Good parking facilities at the beach, from where you can enter the water. Swim out the bay to reach the drop-off (appr. 200 m). 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 15 km to reach the intersection shown below in the village of Lagun.
Port Marie

#5 - Port Marie

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Porto Marie is another expansive beach perfect for relaxing, swimming, or diving. There is a small entry fee, but the money is well spent, maintaining the beach to five-star standards. Northwest of Willemstad, travel 7.3 km West on Weg Naar Westpunt from the Weg Naar Hato intersection. Turn left to head to St. Willibrordus and St. Marie. Travel 4.7 km to reach the intersection shown on the Saint Marie dive site. Follow the instructions from there.
Kleine Knip

#6 - Kleine Knip

Curacao, ABC Islands

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This is a more rustic version of the previous site, Grote Knip. See that site for entrance instructions; Kleine Knip is along the way. Follow the directions of the Grote Knip site.
Playa Largu

#7 - Playa Largu

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Largu is the third of a series of sites in this area. Check out the previous two sites for entrance instructions. You'll find a rather large expanse of beach here for sunning, diving or whatever! 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 on Playa Manzalino site. Follow the directions from there.
Bapor Kibra

#8 - Bapor Kibra

Curacao, ABC Islands

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The Bapor Kibra wreck, almost 100 years old, is off the Curacao Sea Aquarium. Conditions can be a little choppy, so check the weather before you head out. About 4 km Southeast of Punda, wind your way down the coastal roads of Penstraat, Dr. MLKing Blvd, and then on Bapor Kibra.
Tugboat Beach

#9 - Tugboat Beach

Curacao, ABC Islands

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After my husband dived from a boat at this site and really liked it, we rented a car and drove out there so I could snorkel. It was the best snorkeling we did on the island. There are huge columns used for tying off ships that have lots of corals growing on them. The coral was pristine and the fish abundant. Coronets, spotted drums, parrotfish, several kinds of butterfly fish, eels, Spanish hogfish, and a very attractive tugboat below.<br><br>From Anonymous: Get there early and beat the snorkel boats to this picturesque site! Tugboat is everything you see in the dive Curacao ads. Shallow site, great for photographing the little things! Finish your dive by checking out under the pier. There is a small dive shop there, but the day we went they were out of tanks and have no compressor. The attendant promised to have tanks there in a hour, we waited two hours and still no tanks. Bring your own tanks! From downtown Willemstad go east to Salina and take Nieuwe Caracasbaaiweg all the way out to its end, which is a roundabout, where you take the left turn (east). continue along the road, passing the ruins of Fort Beekenburg and alongside Baya Beach. Follow the unpaved road up the hill and back down to a parking lot below the Quarantaine Building (old, large, yellow building on hill). At the end of the parking lot is a small beach facility. It has a small dive shop, picnic tables, a small cobbled beach, and snack shop, changing rooms, and showers. The shop's name is Tugboat. On the big 'SmartDriving' road map we got from out hotel this divesite is marked as #63, 'Tugboat'.
Playa Jeremi

#10 - Playa Jeremi

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Just North of the small village of Jeremi, you'll find one of our favorite dive sites. Less popular than the larger beaches, you'll enjoy the ambiance! 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 15.6 km to reach the intersection shown below in the village of Jeremi.
Playa Hulu

#11 - Playa Hulu

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Hulu, also known as Boca Hula, named after the very secluded private beach area. This Curaçao site offers a fairly steep wall encrusted with a large population of healthy mountainous star corals and a variety of colorful sponges. The environment here lends itself to being home an awesome combination of macro life, as well as special stars such as seahorses and frogfish. Playa Hulu, located next to Sponge Forest, is simply just a beautiful boat dive or possibly a shore dive depending on the availability to access this private property.
Playa Shon Moso

#12 - Playa Shon Moso

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Shon Moso is just to the South of the previous site, Playa Manzalino. Again, this is a rustic site, where you'll be assured of having your very own diving space! 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 on Playa Manzalino site. Follow the directions from there.
Grote Knip

#13 - Grote Knip

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Grote Knip is another excellent beach for the whole family. The kick-out for the diver is a little far, but if you take your time, and enjoy the scenery, you'll be at the reef edge before you know it! 4.3 km South of the Northernmost village of Westpunt, turn at the intersection below.
Playa Manzalina

#14 - Playa Manzalina

Curacao

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Playa Manzalina is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Cas Abou (Lower House)

#15 - Cas Abou (Lower House)

Curacao

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Cas Abou (Lower House) is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Blue Bay

#16 - Blue Bay

Curacao

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Blue Bay is also known as Blauwbay.
Pietermaai

#17 - Pietermaai

Curacao

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Pietermaai is also known as Scuba Lodge House Reef.
Marie Pampoen

#18 - Marie Pampoen

Curacao

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Marie Pampoen is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Point Halfway

#19 - Point Halfway

Curacao

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From the description on Caribbean Sea Sports website: "This is an easy dive good for novice and advanced divers. The reef is a medium to steep slope with a mixture of hard and soft corals, especially Boulder and Brain corals. Great for seeing a wide variety of tropical reef fish including angel fish, scorpion fish and a chance to see turtles, lobsters and octopus."
Off the Road

#20 - Off the Road

Curacao

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You will find lots of old car wrecks. Only accessible through Vaersenbaai (Kokomo Beach) or by boat. Snorkel from Kokomo Beach east till you reach the big rock (10-12min). Then snorkel 5 min further. You will find the car wrecks in a depth from 18-35 meter.
Playa Grandi

#21 - Playa Grandi

Curacao

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Playa Grandi is also known as Turtle Bay.
Parasasa Beach

#22 - Parasasa Beach

Curacao

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Parasasa Beach is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Dolphin Academy Curacao

#23 - Dolphin Academy Curacao

Curacao

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Dolphin Academy Curacao is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Playa Hundu Lost Anchor

#24 - Playa Hundu Lost Anchor

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Playa Hundu Lost Anchor is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao, ABC Islands which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Daaibooibaai

#25 - Daaibooibaai

Curacao

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Daaibooibaai is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Grote Knip (Playa Abou)

#26 - Grote Knip (Playa Abou)

Curacao

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Grote Knip (Playa Abou) is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Airplane Wreck

#27 - Airplane Wreck

Curacao

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Airplane Wreck is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Car Pile

#28 - Car Pile

Curacao

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Car Pile starts getting interesting at around 80-100ft / 25-30m so it's for Advanced or experienced divers only. Head back along Pierbaai Reef on the return leg. The barge carrying these vehicles was sunk as an artificial reef in 1973 and the 1950's cars and trucks have become totally integrated into the reef by now. There's lots of marine life. Look out for moral eels swimming through car headlamps, and check out your reflection in the chrome bumper Car Pile is also known as Pierbaai.
Tugboat

#29 - Tugboat

Curacao

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It is a very nice and easy dive, lot's of fish and very nice: a little tugboat at safety stop depth. Also very nice to snorkel. Avoid this site when cruise ships are in town--snorkel tours keep the site VERY busy. This is an excellent site for kids on a Bubblemakers course. A wreck dive on their first dive in only 15' of water! At the moment, Google Earth shows this in the wrong place. It is actually a few more miles east than the marker listed there, by the Baya Beach marker. Located just beyond the Baya Beach Club on the southeast side of Caracasbaai. The wreck is in the Curacao Underwater Park. Easily accessible from shore( boatdives also available) from a nice coral beach: Baya Beach. All facilities available.
Playa Piscardo

#30 - Playa Piscardo

Curacao, ABC Islands

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Situated at the far northwest end of the island in the town of Westpunt, this site is worth checking out just for the scenic drive through the undeveloped, cactus bedecked hills of Band Abou. The dive site is a short swim from the beach at Playa Forti, at the south end of town. Park in the lot at the top of the cliffs and take the stairs down to the water. The volcanic black sand can get very hot, so don’t forget your booties. Amenities are limited to some thatched parasols, with a restaurant above the beach serving food and drinks, where you can leap 35 feet down into the water below. (This is not a recommended entry with dive gear!)\n Enter at the beach and swim straight out to the drop-off, about 150 yards from shore. We recommend swimming on the surface to conserve air for your dive and for the return trip. Due to a good bit of boat traffic and a mostly sandy bottom, this is not a great spot for snorkeling. The reef starts in 30 feet of water and drops gradually to 120 feet. Both directions are good, depending on the current. Currents here are generally light but known to be unpredictable. The reef is in good condition, with Sea Whips, Sea Rods, Cup Coral, and Plate Coral growing along the wall. Look for plenty of Morays, Spotted Drums, Hamlets, and some Sea Turtles.
Jan Thiel Baai

#31 - Jan Thiel Baai

Curacao

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Jan Thiel Baai is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Habitat Curacao Housereef

#32 - Habitat Curacao Housereef

Curacao

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Habitat Curacao Housereef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Wata Mula

#33 - Wata Mula

Curacao

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Also called the 'lung of Curacao' because of the hole in the volcanic rock. Depending on the time of the year (aug-sep) diving is 'easy' because of current. Outside aug-sep current can be very strong (>2kts) from the northeast. Jumping from the rocks can be done, with a quick swim into the hole (it has an open connection with the sea) and floating along the coast to playa Gepi (+- 500m to the east). When diving outside low-current, rescue diver+ experience is advised! Wata Mula is also known as Lung of Curacao.
Bullenbaai

#34 - Bullenbaai

Curacao

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Bullenbaai is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Lions Dive Housereef

#35 - Lions Dive Housereef

Curacao

beginner
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Lions Dive Housereef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Alice in Wonderland

#36 - Alice in Wonderland

Curacao

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Alice in Wonderland, also known as Playa Kalki, is a good spot for a day on the beach. 'Kalki' is translated as 'limestone' in Papiamento, referring to the cliffs. This site is one of Curacao's top spots. Shore entry is easy as there are steps descending on to the beach; you then duck under the buoys way out to a gentle slope. Almost 100% change to spot a hawksbill turtle here... By car to the parking lot; then 20 steps down to the beach Alice in Wonderland is also known as Playa Kalki.
Caracas Bay

#37 - Caracas Bay

Curacao

advanced
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Great spot for a deep dive. After the deep part the shallows have unbelievable numbers of small fish. Parking Lot access to the beach
Tugboat Wreck

#38 - Tugboat Wreck

Curacao

beginner
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Small Tugboat with easdy Penetration. Great for pictures. Swim out just past the large piles and drop down to the Tugboat
Sponge Forest

#39 - Sponge Forest

Curacao

beginner
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Sponge Forest is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Kenepa

#40 - Kenepa

Curacao

beginner
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nice site for spotting turtles, stingrays. lot of nice coral. Also very good for a night dive,when the moonlight reflects on the silvery sand. In the weekend crowded with beach folk and thus very sandy. From Willemstad, take the mainroad to "westpunt" until you see the signs "landhuis Knip". from there, follow the brown signs indicating the dive and snorkel spot "Kenepa" or " Kleine Knip" in Dutch. parking right next to the beach. Kenepa is also known as Kleine knip.
Dark Wall

#41 - Dark Wall

Curacao

intermediate
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Dark Wall is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Curacao which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.