Diving Curaçao PADI
The underwater world of Curaçao
Beginning diver, experienced diver or do you still need to learn how to dive? With its many reefs and diving hotspots, Curaçao is the perfect place for every type of diver. Imagine yourself in a new world full of coral, exotic fish, seahorses, turtles and other underwater animals! There are also some shipwrecks and other coral-covered objects to view. Everywhere on Curaçao you can dive and rent diving equipment at various diving schools. Diving on Curaçao is possible at PADI certified diving schools. PADI is a globally active and well-known organization with the most recognized diving courses. With obtaining a PADI diving certificate, this is guaranteed to be used anywhere in the world.
To obtain your open water diving certificate or follow-up certificates, it is mandatory to do this at a certified diving school. In addition to a PADI, diving on Curaçao can also be done at other certified diving schools. PADI is known and popular worldwide, but is not the only organization with recognized diving certifications. On Curaçao you have two large recognized organizations. In addition to the PADI certified diving schools, there are also SSI accredited diving schools. SSI offers different types of courses and these certifications can also be used all over the world.
When choosing a diving school, make sure that it is with a worldwide certified diving school that meets your needs.
Where to dive on Curaçao?
Curacao is known for the easy shore dives that can be made all over the island. Diving on Curaçao can be done at almost every beach at a PADI or other certified diving school. You can also find diving schools in other places on the island where you can learn to dive or rent diving equipment. Because the waves are generally very calm, you can easily walk into the water from the beach. Each dive site on Curaçao has its own characteristic charms. Yet one is more popular than the other. Where is the best place to dive on Curaçao?
1. Playa Porto Mari / The Valley
The dive site at Playa Porto Mari is also called 'The Valley' named. The Valley consists of a double reef where you can swim in between and around. Playa Porto Mari is known for having a lot of coral and underwater life. There is also a large area to explore. People often dive here twice to see both sides of the reef.
2. Tug Boat Beach
A tugboat that sank 30 years ago is now one of the most famous diving and snorkeling spots on Curaçao. Because the boat has been well preserved, there is a lot of coral on it and there are many fish swimming around it Tugboat Beach guaranteed a unique dive.
3. Playa Kalki / Alice in Wonderland
At Playa Kalki the dive spot is 'Alice in Wonderland'. This name was not given for nothing! The area consists of colorful coral and beautiful fish that make you think you've stepped into 'Wonderland'.
The dive site Mushroom Forest can only be reached by boat. The special thing about this dive site is that this is one of the only dive sites on Curaçao where you have to go by boat. The coral has the shape of mushrooms which is special to see.
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Get your diving certificate on Curaçao
With its many diving schools and various dive sites, Curaçao is the ideal place to get your diving certificate. The sea is very calm which is great for novice divers. Get your license in about 6 lessons. If you are unsure whether diving is for you, you can always try an introductory dive! At one introductory dive get to know the underwater world and your diving equipment.