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Dive in Curacao with Ocean Encounters

Dive in Curacao with Ocean Encounters because we are divers and we love to go diving!  The fact is we are a team of bold and passionate dive professionals that absolutely can’t stand around being dry. After all, we are Curacao’s premier SSI and PADI Dive Center! It is what we do!
Seriously… There are SO MANY reasons to dive in Curacao that we have to contain ourselves to not jump in the water immediately – simply it is hard to find a reason NOT to go. But, let’s face it – we are of course a little biased!

Why Dive in Curacao?

Reason #1: Because Curacao is not only a world class scuba diving and vacation destination, it is also one of the best Caribbean destinations to travel to for 2023! Scuba Diving Magazine, 2023 Readers Choice Award

Now, keep reading and dive in to the Top 10 Reasons to dive in Curacao

As soon as the plane lands on the islands dry, flat land you will realize that Curacao is not a typical Caribbean island. Dive in for the top 5 reasons that you need to visit this vibrant island, to “Feel it for Yourself”.

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Did you know that there are more than 70 world class dives sites in Curacao?

Our fleet of custom dive boats, crewed by professional teams, depart daily on regularly scheduled 2 tank morning dives to the best dives sites along the south coastline of Curacao. Are you ready to get wet? Dive in to learn more!

Are you ready to go diving in Curacao?

Quick Facts about Diving in Curacao

  • Curaçao is located 43 miles (70km) off the North Coast of Venezuela, outside of the hurricane belt in southern part of the Caribbean. Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands and, together with Aruba and Bonaire, it constitutes the “ABC” islands. Curaçao is considered part of the Dutch Caribbean that also includes St. Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius, also known as Statia.

    Located at just 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao’s consistently warm and sunny climate creates the perfect scenario for year round tourism. That coupled with the average temperature around 27°C (81°F) plus the cooling winds blowing constantly from the east (strongest in the spring months) provide excellent conditions for adventure travelers and beach goers alike.

  • Curaçao is the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.  It is a beautiful island with over 38 amazing beaches, more that 70 world class dive sites and a rich heritage that supports a broad international population of more that 40 individual cultures, and 4 main languages.
  • Scuba Diving on Curacao is the number one thing to DO – but of course there are plenty of things to do on Curacao and no right way to experience any of them.  All travelers can make the island their own experience while embracing its authentic, unforgettable spirit that clearly distinguishes Curaçao from other Caribbean and worldwide destinations.”

If you are you looking to customize your dive travel experience, our reservations team is ready to assist you too. Contact us today to start exploring the possibilties. We are ready when you are!

Get certified in Curacao

Scuba Diving Certification Courses in Curacao with PADI and Scuba Schools International (SSI)

Discover Diving Course

The Discover Scuba Diving course is perfect for those who would like to try diving, or guests who don’t have the time to follow the complete open water course. If you like it… then you can continue with your PADI or SSI Open Water Course.

Open Water Course

Ocean Encounters offers either the SSI Open Water Diver course or the PADI Open Water Diver course.

During these fun courses you will learn the core scuba diving skills so that you dive independently with your diving buddy – safely and efficiently – while always being conscious to protect the underwater environment around you.

Upon completion of all diving certification courses – an official PADI or SSI diving certificate (accepted worldwide) will be presented so you can continue your diving adventure!

PADI Open Water Diver Course - e-learning at Ocean Encounters Curacao

PADI Diving Courses

Interested in learning to scuba dive? You’ve come to the right place. Millions of underwater explorers started right here. Scuba lessons unlock the door to new adventures and amazing animal encounters. By the end of your scuba certification course, you’ll see our ocean planet through new eyes.

Already certified but want to continue the adventure?

Advanced Diving Courses in Curacao with PADI and Scuba Schools International (SSI)

Continue your adventure with the PADI Advanced Open water. This is a very special course that refines your diving skills in areas of buoyancy control, finning techniques and gear management plus introduces you to specialties such as Deep Diver and Enriched Air (NITROX) diving. 

Diving Specialty Courses

Scuba Schools International (SSI Programs)

SSI offers internationally recognized recreational diver training programs - starting with snorkeling and entry level scuba diving courses up to instructor certifications.

Sustainable Tourism in Curacao

At Ocean Encounters, we believe in educating, setting an example and making a change.

It is for this reason, that we have committed to making a strong eco-friendly presence with our green initiatives and have taken these to another level with our #OEPledge, our commitment to sustainability. The #OEpledge shares the many different ways we have been involved in protecting the local waters, marine life, and community.

The Curaçao Reef Restoration Program is an example of one of these sustainabilty initiatives.

LEARN MORE – Because together we are making a difference for the future of our beautiful Dutch Caribbean island!

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