Marie Pampoen

A calm, easy shore dive where you enter the water from a small harbor. Nice and gentle sloping reef starting at 5 m / 15 ft. Further out to the left you will find car pile, an interesting artificial reef made from dumped cars, cranes, and more scrap. Sometimes large tarpon hang around here.

Lots of juvenile fish in the shallow area like spotted drum, trunkfish, squid, and flounder. Also octopus, flying gurnard, and frogfish have been spotted here.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 20 m
Current

Current

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

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Artificial Reef
  • Snorkeling
  • Wreck Dive

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Dive sites nearby

Car Pile - Marie Pampoen (Wreck)

A nice deep dive where car wrecks were dumped in the sixties. The car wreckage starts at 15mtr/50ft with the more intact ones a bit deeper. At 30mtr/100ft you find a small barge on a sandy bottom with some more boat wreckage around it. For the tech diver there is more to be found at 60mtr/200ft and deeper.

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This is a great house reef dive located from the shores of the Lions Dive and Beach Resort. Shore accessible, this site is perfect for newer divers and snorkelers and sits right inside the Curacao National Marine Park.

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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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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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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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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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Superior Producer is rated as one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. this cargo ship sits upright on a sandy bottom at 30 m / 100 ft. The ship sank in 1977 and is covered with coral and sponges and has an openly accessible cargo bay.

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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.

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The first reef slopes down to about 14m / 46ft where it becomes a sandy bottom. From there you can see the second reef. The second reef starts around 18m / 60ft and drops down to 30 m/ 100ft and deeper.

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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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