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Curacao Underwater Marine Park on the southeastern coast was founded to stop degeneration of the coral reefs due to pollution, spearfishing and poaching of the black coral. Divers can now enjoy 12 miles of spectacular, protected coral reef and several wrecks. Many dive sites are accessible from shore, and many are in shallow water so snorkellers can see, too. One of the most popular is the tugboat, covered in orange tube coral. Boat trips are available for sites farther out, and there are public moorings providing safety for both visitors and sea life.
Among the many dive spots which make Curacao such a popular dive destination is Banda Abao, stretching along the southwest coast from the lighthouse to Kaap St. Marie. Try a day trip to Klein Curacao, a volcanic island home to an old lighthouse and shacks used by visiting fishermen. There are dive sites for different levels of experience. From the beaches you can often see schools of dolphins and whales. Ask about trips at your hotel.
Curacao's area code is 599-9
Tel: 864-0102; 461-2310; 560-3319
Address: Westpunt Beach
Located at the western most point of Curacao in a small fishing village. This PADI organization offers both day and night dives with a house reef. Multilingual with instruction offered in Dutch, English, German, Papiamento and Spanish. Free wireless internet service also available.
Tel: 461-6666; 465-6940
Address: Bapor Kibrá (Seaquarium)
Offers diving for both divers and non-divers from age 12 up. Non-divers will be given a thirty minute PADI approved course before diving with a certified instructor. For the certified individual, this organization allows you to dive the fantastic Sea Aquarium House Reef, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Curacao.
Tel: 465-8288; 560-3099
Address: Drielstraat 6, Willemstaad
Atlantis Diving offers recreational diving for individuals age 10 and up. The experienced diver is presented with a wide range of diving options. Being a one of the founding members of the Reef Care Foundation they also have an educational edge. members of PADI, SSI and TDI. Instruction available in English, Dutch, German, Papiamento and Spanish.
Address: Piscadera Bay at Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
This dive school is located right on the premises of the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino. They offer daily trips via their custom designed boat "the Explorador".
Address: John F. Kennedy Blvd. at Curacao Hilton Hotel
Considered a 5-star PADI organization. Located on the Hilton premises. They offer all PADI certification courses from the resort starter level to dive master. Full rental department available for all your diving needs. Their dive boat has refreshments and even a double ladder for essential easy entry and exit from the water. Fresh water showers also on board.
Tel: 767-9300; 560-8456
Address: Jan Thiel Beach
A 5-star PADI Dive Center located right on the beach. PADI certified instructors are "known for their safe and solid way of teaching." Open 365 days a year with a dive shop for all your needs. Surrounded by a nice array of restaurants and even a playground.
Tel: 737-2248; 524-6998
Address: Groot Davelaarweg 5 at Trupial Inn & Casino
Located on the grounds of the Trupial Inn & Casino, this IDD/NAUI/PADI organization offers a wide variety of options from the beginner "Try Scuba" course to the "Specialty Course" which includes: Navigation, underwater photography, night diving, wreck diving, enriched air nitrox diver, search & recovery, deep diver (39 meter), rescue diver and training assistant.
Tel: (+5999) 512 7727
Orangedive is the diving experience on Curacao with just that little bit more attention for the diver and his or her wishes.
From beginner to the experienced diver, Orangedive is happy to serve you. Courses and guided dives are cared for by experienced instructors and dive masters of Orangedive. They are happy to give you information about many spectacular and healthy reefs and their inhabitants.
Address: Marine Badplaats, St. Michielsbaai
Offering a wide range of PADI scuba diving courses as well as refresher courses and instruction for the non-diver. This organization has ongoing training up to the PADI instructor course to become a dive master. English, Dutch, papiamento and Spanish instruction available.
Address: Riff St. Marie
This establishment was the winner of the PADI National Geographic Dive Center Award in 2004. Having a high level of return divers they offer "world class excellence in diving". Certified divers are able to dive 24 hours per day with filled tanks available both day and night.. Their commitment to the ecology of the reefs offers an educational opportunity as well as preservation of the natural ecosystem. They also offer over 35 different dive sites within an hour's boat ride. Instructors are proficient in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Air-conditioned dive classroom offers audio-visuals and a dive library.
Address: Pater Eeuwenweg at the Holiday Beach Hotel & Casino
http://www.holidaybeachdivecenter.com (Web site under construction)
Operates on the only double reef system on Curacao as their house reef. Steep underwater walls entice even the most seasoned diver. Also offers courses for the non-experienced divers. PADI certified and offers instruction in English, Dutch, German and Spanish.
Address: Spanish Water near Curaçao Underwater Park
Watch the dive instruction video in the comfort of your own room then take your first lesson in the safe and calm water of the sea swimming pool then move on to Caracas Bay. Only several minutes away by boat, dive the Curacao Marine Park. The Boston Whaler boat used takes only 2 to 4 divers so your experience is intimate and the underwater video and photography they offer makes your trip unforgettable.
Address: Bapor Kibrá at Lions Dive Beach & Resort
Family owned and run 5 star PADI National Geographic Dive Center as well as an INTD Technical Dive Center. Located directly at the Lions Dive Beach Resort as well as the additional locations of Breezes Superclubs, Toucan Diving at Kontiki Beach, and Ocean Encounters West at Playa Kalki. Courses available are from beginning non-diver to dive instructor. Having a fleet of 5 boats allows for large to small parties or individual instruction.
Address: Caracasbaaiweg 276
A PADI/IDD dive center with a diverse selection of course such as : Padi Discover Scuba Diving, Padi Open Water, Padi Advanced Course, Emergency First Response, Padi Rescue and Padi Dive Master. They also participate with Curacao Dive Operators Association monthly reef clean-up. The dive shop offers equipment for sale or rental. Instruction languages offered in English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish.
Address: Santa Martha Bay at Sunset Waters Beach Resort
A PADI Resort Dive Operation located "in the heart of
Curacao's best dive sites." Customer service and service is their priority. They take pride in taking care of loading all the equipment and setting it up and cleaning it after your dive. Dive schedules are flexible according to your needs. Complimentary refreshments on board.
Tel: 693-8305; 528-3263
Address: Mobile "We come to you!"
Their headquarters are located at the beach at Pierbaai, Marie Pampoen. Take along friends on their Dive Bus where they take you shore diving so the non-diver friends can relax on the beach. For the diver they offer a PADI Open Water Course and a PADI Advanced Open Water Course with course levels from Discover Scuba Diving to Dive Master. Also offers specialty areas. Back at headquarters there's a restaurant on site for a delicious snack and cold beer after your dive.
Address: Sea Aquarium Beach, Bapor Kibra at Kontiki Beach Club
A wide range of PADI certified courses offered such as the beginner Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water, Advanced and Specialty Diving, Emergency First Response (both for divers and non-divers), Rescue Diver and Dive Master. Their dive shop offers everything from snorkeling to scuba gear. Toucan Diving is part of Ocean Encounters Curacao.
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