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 Curaçao

Central America

Curaçao is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea off the west coast of Venezuela. The island is the largest and most populous of the three so-called ABC islands (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) of the Lesser Antilles and belongs to the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao's capital is Willemstad.

Curaçao is renowned for its coral reefs which make it an excellent spot for scuba diving. The beaches on the south side contain many popular diving spots. An unusual feature of Curaçao diving is that the sea floor drops off steeply within a few hundred feet of the shore, and the reef can easily be reached without a boat. This drop-off is locally known as the "blue edge." Strong currents and lack of beaches make the rocky northern coast dangerous for swimming and diving, but experienced divers sometimes dive there from boats when conditions permit. The southern coast is very different and offers remarkably calm waters. The coastline of Curaçao features many bays and inlets, many of them suitable for mooring.

Some of the coral reefs have been affected by tourism. Porto Marie beach is experimenting with artificial coral reefs in order to improve the reef's condition. Hundreds of artificial coral blocks that have been placed are now home to a large array of tropical fish.

Location: Caribbean; Part of the Netherlands Antilles.
Geographic coordinates: 12° 9' N, 68° 27' W
Coastline km: km
Climate: tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds
Terrain: generally hilly, volcanic interiors
Elevation: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m
Natural hazards: Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October
Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Population: 133,644
Languages: Papiamento 65.4% (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect), English 15.9% (widely spoken), Dutch 7.3% (official), Spanish 6.1%, Creole 1.6%, other 1.9%, unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
Capital: Willemstad
Divisions: part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Quality Avg depth Max depth Experience Dive type
Airplane Wreck 2 / -
23 m 70 m CMAS * / OW
Alice in Wonderland 9 / -
15 m 30 m All divers
Awa Blanku - / -
25 m 30.5 m CMAS * / OW
Beyond the Tunnel of Doom - / -
20 m 30.5 m CMAS ** / AOW
Blue Bay 1 / -
18 m 60 m All divers
Bullenbaai - / -
15 m 17 m CMAS * / OW
Car Pile 4 / -
25 m 27.9 m CMAS ** / AOW
Caracas Bay - / -
15.2 m 49.4 m CMAS *** / Rescue
Cas Abou (Lower House) 7 / -
10 m 20 m All divers
Daaibooibaai 8 / -
10 m 20 m All divers
Dark Wall - / -
20 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Directors Bay 2 / -
25.9 m 30.8 m All divers
Grote Knip (Playa Abou) - / -
7 m 10 m All divers
Habitat Curacao Housereef 1 / -
15 m 19.2 m All divers
Hamrak - / -
18 m 25 m CMAS ** / AOW
Jan Thiel Baai 3 / -
15 m 30 m All divers
Kenepa 3 / -
12 m 25 m All divers
Klein - Southern point - / -
20 m 60 m CMAS * / OW
Klein - The north point - / -
20 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Kontiki Beach - / -
16.8 m 39.6 m CMAS * / OW
Lions Dive Housereef 3 / -
10 m 60 m All divers
Marie Pampoen 1 / - 10 m 10 m
Off the Road - / -
20 m 40 m CMAS ** / AOW
Oswaldo's Drop-off - / -
6.1 m 12.2 m CMAS * / OW
Pietermaai - / -
15 m 40 m All divers
Playa Jeremi - / -
10 m 15 m All divers
Playa Kanoa - / -
18 m 30 m CMAS * / OW
Playa Lagun 5 / -
10 m 35 m All divers
Playa Largu - / -
10 m 20 m All divers
Playa Manzalina - / -
10 m 20 m All divers
Point Halfway - / -
18.3 m 24.4 m All divers
Port Marie 13 / -
20 m 25 m CMAS ** / AOW
Sandy's Plateau - / -
15.2 m 18.3 m All divers
Snake Bay 9 / -
20 m m All divers
Sponge Forest 3 / -
15 m 30 m All divers
Superior Producer 12 / -
28 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Tarpon Bridge 1 / -
20 m 40 m CMAS * / OW
The Pipe - / -
20 m 30.5 m CMAS ** / AOW
Tugboat 6 / -
15 m 30 m All divers
Tugboat Wreck 4 / -
4.6 m 6.1 m All divers
Tunnel of doom - / -
25 m 60 m CMAS *** / DiveMaster
Vaersen Bay 1 / -
20 m 60 m CMAS ** / AOW
Wata Mula 7 / -
15 m 18 m All divers

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Playa Largu
Obok livi120
mar 2, 2016
- With Sam. Stayed at Floris. 2 tank morning dive with Caribbean Sea Sports dive shop located at Moomba Beach Club between Hilton and Marriot. Day windy with swells and overcast. Slight to moderate current. Not much marine life. reefs looked very damag
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Dark Wall
Obok daniel_toor
lis 9, 2015
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Blue Bay
Obok mreuvers1975
kwi 18, 2011
#113: BLUE BAY (CUR) -
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Blue Bay
Obok mreuvers1975
kwi 18, 2011
#112: BLUE BAY (CUR) -
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Superior Producer
Obok mreuvers1975
kwi 17, 2011
#111: SUPERIOR PRODUCER (CUR) -
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Podróż: Curacao Padi Cert.
Obok daniel_toor
Od lis 9, 2015 do lis 12, 2015

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Podróż: Curaçao 2011
Obok mreuvers1975
Od kwi 9, 2011 do kwi 19, 2011

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Podróż: Curacao 2009
Obok Griffith
Od sie 9, 2009 do sie 17, 2009

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Podróż: Curacao
Obok gertbakhuizen
Od wrz 26, 2008 do paź 6, 2008
First dive trip with my brother.
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Podróż: Curacao
Obok ralflang
Od wrz 24, 2008 do wrz 30, 2008

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