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Country: Curacao  Area: Curacao

Water Temp: 27 - 29°C (81 - 84°F)

Visibility: 10 - 30m (33 - 98 ft)

Depth Range: 5 - 80m (16 - 262 ft)

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The best kept secret in the Caribbean, Curacao is part of the ABC group of Islands of the coast of Venezuela along with Aruba and Bonaire. Owned by the Netherlands,

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The island really is paradise with arcs of beautiful golden sand, hidden coves and a rich reef life under the emerald blue sea.

Curacao is an excellent spot for divers of all levels and families to visit due to mild currents and easy conditions meaning that beginners, children and snorkelers can all enjoy the amazing underwater world.There is also a lot more to do and see on the island to entertain non divers and children alike including many historic sites and national parks to visit, an Ostrich farm, horse riding and many activities such as trekking, cycling, paintballing, rock climbing and a huge range of water sports to tire out kids of all ages!

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A very popular attraction in Curacao is the Dolphin Academy. They have 6 different programs that allow visitors to learn about, swim, snorkel or dive with dolphins. The basic program great for kids allows them to meet a dolphin whilst standing in waist deep water.

Parrotfish and Surgeonfish, Credit

Diving on Curacao is very popular due to easy conditions, great visibility, warm waters and interesting marine life. The island is outside the Caribbean’s hurricane belt so ha excellent year round weather meaning a year round diving season!

The diving around Curacao takes place in 40 different areas and on 65 dive sites so there is a wide variety of sites ranging from pretty coral gardens to wrecks. One of the popular wrecks is the Tugboat which is very cute and great for beginners and photographers as its very shallow, resting at only 5m!

 One of the most famous dive sites in Curacao is the Mushroom forest, the site has gained its name from the hard corals that have formed into the shape of mushrooms! Here you can find an abundance of marine life hiding under each mushroom!

Bluehead Wrasse and juvenile Blue Tang, Credit

 During September and October, 7 days after the full moon, there is a coral spawning, this is a very popular time to visit and most dive operators will organise trips to see this spectacular event!

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Tugboat at Baya Beach

Curacao16 Feb 2011 - 18 Feb 2011

First, I need to clarify that this was actually a snorkel, instead of a dive, though I believe the latter is an option as well. I only did a snorkel due to a connecting flight the next morning and inability to squeeze in a dive before. That being said, I really enjoyed snorkeling around this little tugboat. Easily accessed from nearby Baya Beach, you can swim out and enjoy the marine life around this small, sunken treasure. The marine life and tropical fish were typical and nothing extraordinary (which means, I love sharks and didn't see any!), but I thought I would list this as a potential dive site for someone, a back-up to snorkel for when there is insufficient time to dive, or as a fun family activity, accessible from the nearby beach! Also, check out downtown Williamstad!

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Katie Evett

Cool report! Looks like Catherine needs to get Curacao up quick! :) x

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