Best Diving Spots in Curacao

November 21, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Scuba diving in Curacao

Scuba diving in Curacao. Photo credit: Spencer Thomas via Flickr.

Often referred to as the “best-kept secret of the Caribbean,” Curacao is known for being a rich cultural world of pastel-colored buildings and ocean-side boardwalks. But don’t let the nightclubs and steel drums fool you. While it’s easy to get caught up in all the landside fun, don’t forget that Curacao is also home to some of the world’s best underwater diving adventures.

A pleasure for scuba divers, snorkelers and free-divers alike, there are plenty of sites to visit for those wishing to explore Curacaos fantastic underwater world. From fire-red mangrove branches to sunken ships and barracuda lairs, the diving in Curacao is in a class of its own. Here are some of the best diving spots in Curacao.

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Playa Lagun

For a snorkeling paradise and picturesque scenery to match, consider Playa Lagun your go-to of Curacao destinations. Through tranquil aquamarine waters you’ll see colorful coral, trigger fish, and little yellow damsels along with a host of other sea life.


This is a boat dive for those who wish to see the ocean’s rich abundance of coral. Elkhorn, Brain, and even black coral are prevalent here, as are warm ocean currents and excellent visibility. Spot some spiny lobsters or the occasional Goatfish rustling up the sand, and experienced snorkelers will also be able to spot the Moray Eels and Parrotfish from a distance.

Hell’s Corner

Though Hell is typically not associated with pleasant vacation experiences, Hell’s Corner dive spot is the exception rather than the rule. So named for the abundance of ghoulish looking creatures found here, rest assured that the looks are deceiving. From Caribbean spiny lobster to Frogfish and Moray Eels, you’ll find nothing but paradise when diving in Hell’s Corner.

-Hudson Hornick

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