Caracasbaai

A great, shallow reef perfect for newer divers and snorkelers. Accessible by boat. Full of colorful hard and soft corals and sponges and lots of marine life.

You’ll see typical Caribbean life like turtles, possible eagle rays and lots of fish: snapper, angelfish, grunts, parrot fish, lionfish and grouper.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 18 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Snorkeling

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

This tugboat was wrecked just off the shore of Caracasbaai and is now Curacao’s most famous dive and snorkel spot due to its shallow depth. It sits in only about 15 feet of water. The tugboat is crawling with marine life and is now covered in sponges and coral growth.

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Beacon Point

This beautiful wall dive at the western tip of Caracas Bay is best reached by boat and, due to possible strong currents, is best done as a drift dive. On the shallow plateau, you will find large pillar corals.

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Director’s Bay is a historical spot located between the famous Tugboat Reef and Small Wall dive sites. Up until 1985 this beach was privately owned by the Directors of the Royal Dutch Shell Group and the Dutch Royal family and was not accessible to the public. Now it’s a great shore diving location.

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Divers Leap

Beautiful healthy shallow coral reef with plenty of purple sea fans, large formations of elkhorn coral, pillar coral, and staghorn corals. A very nice steep wall starting at about 10 meters / 30 ft with lots of small holes and overhangs.

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Barracuda Point

Lots of purple sea fans and large hard coral formations. This beautiful dive site is opposite Barbara Beach across the channel into Spanish Waters. It is not an easy entry from shore but with its full overgrown coral reef, definitely worth it.

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A great shore dive accessible through the Santa Barbara Resort of boat dive via dive charter. Barbara Beach has nice, healthy coral formations. Watch out for the boat traffic entering and exiting the Spanish Waters Harbour.

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Sandy’s Plateau

Lots of hard coral including Elkhorn and Pillar coral, as well as many sponges and soft corals. A small overhang in the shallows often shelters schools of grunts. The dive site is between Jan Thiel beach and Mambo Beach and not accessible from shore.

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The mooring for this dive is located ten minutes by boat East of Mambo Beach, with the Saba wreck sitting at 15ft/5m. The shallows alternate between sandy areas, soft corals and hard coral. The drop-off is covered in hard coral and runs parallel to the coast for the most part. This site can have a slight current.

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Cornelius Bay

Very nice dive to the left of the Sea Aquarium. Can be hard to reach, however, with a bit of a climb. When entering from shore watch out for the shallow elkhorn coral formations.

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Ship Wreck Point

Ship Wreck Point is a dive site in front of the Sea Aquarium and is best done from a dive boat. The beautiful coral reef wall is at its best between 10-20 m / 30-60 ft. A big anchor and large propeller can be found at 10m / 30ft. For the tech diver, there are 2 small shipwrecks laying on a ledge at 50 m / 150 ft.

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