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Scuba Diving Off the Shore of Curacao

A choice Caribbean island for scuba diving


Netherland Antilles, Curacao, Underwater photographer shooting school of goatfish, Mulloidichthys martinicus,
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Curacao is one of the so-called ABC Islands (Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba) that are part of the Netherlands Antilles, an autonomous region of the Netherlands. The island has more than 60 marked dive sites ranging from walls to shipwrecks and even an airplane wreck. To reach many of the sites you simply have to walk offshore. The capital, Willemstad, is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

Where is It?

The island is located between Aruba and Bonaire in the southwestern Caribbean. It's 35 miles north of Venezuela.

When to Go?

It's located just outside of the hurricane belt and the temperatures average 82 degrees year-round.

Pros and Cons

Curacao is only 38 miles long and 7.5 miles at its widest spot, but here you'll find a variety of things to do from lazing on the beach to gambling in the casinos. Activities range from touring (and tasting) at the Amstel Brewery in the capital, which produces beer from 100 percent distilled seawater, to visiting the floating market or the Hato Caves.

Contact Information

Visit Curacao or call 800-3CURACAO to learn more about diving and dive vacations in Curacao. Curacao is having a big sale on diving, hiking and other adventures, as well as lodging. You need to book by Oct. 15 and travel by Dec. 15. With hurricane season in the Caribbean usually over by the end of October, you get a great deal on an early winter trip.

Best Islands for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Off the Shore

If you enjoy walking off the shore and scuba diving or snorkeling in coral so colorful you'll think you are in an underwater garden, go to Best Islands for Diving Off the Shore. Here's where you go if you want more information about learning how to start scuba diving.

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