Playa Manzaliña

Nice secluded beach with plenty of shade. The entrance from the beach can be rocky at some places. After a short swim from shore, the coral reef starts at 8 m/26 ft and gently slopes down. The best part of the reef is between 10-20 mtr/33-66 ft.

Some nice distinctive coral formations and large tube sponges. Scorpionfish, lionfish, and porcupine fish are easily spotted here.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 24 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Drift Dive
  • Snorkeling

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Dive sites nearby

Playa Shon Mosa

This site is a beautiful small beach next to Playa Manzaliña with little parking. The spread out coral reef starts here at about 6 mtr/20ft and slowly slopes down to 30 mtr/100 ft before disappearing into a sandy bottom.

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Playa Hundu

This is a very nice dive site just a short swim away from a small quiet beach where the coral reef drops off starting at 5 m/15 ft and reaching a depth of about 30 m/ 100 ft before becoming a sandy bottom again.

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Known by many as the most beautiful beach on Curacao, and thought to be one of the 5 most beautiful beaches in the world, Playa Cas Abou is a wonderful shore dive with a healthy reef system teeming with marine life siting right off the beach. White sandy bottom with the drop off starting at 9 mtr / 27 ft.

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A beautiful house reef great for snorkelers to advanced divers. This site is technically a double reef with the first reef starting close to the beach and the second reef running out into the deep with a valley of sand running in between them. Easily accessible from shore.

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A great shore dive accessible from a quiet, calm beach out of the way of most of the tourist action. There are plenty of parking spaces, lots of shade, and benches to set up your gear on. Although a bit of a swim, the reef is healthy a beautiful.

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A boat dive, Mushroom Forest is one of the most famous dive sites in Curaçao, where hard coral formations have grown and eroded into large mushroom-shaped corals.

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Located on the northwest end of Curacao, Playa Lagun is a narrow cove surrounded by rocky cliffs and an excellent shore dive site. It’s known as a great snorkel spot on the island to swim with turtles and a great location for beginning divers.

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An easy entry shore dive with parking just a short walk from the water. White sandy bottom with some nice isolated coral blocks with a slopey coral reef starting at 5 mtr / 15 ft.

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Playa Forti is famous for its view from the top of the cliff and the daredevils that jump from the cliff. This site requires a bit of a climb down the stairs, but once you are there it is an easy entrance from the dark sandy beach.

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Playa Grandi / Playa Piscado

Playa Piskado, also known as Playa Grandi, is a great shore dive with a healthy reef and interesting statute of King Neptune. This beach is also a Fisherman’s Warf where the fishermen clean their catch at the end of every day and so many turtles are guaranteed to be seen here.

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Recommended Training

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Basic Freediving

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