Ocean Encounters

Options for Cruise Ship Divers in Curaçao

Coming to Curaçao on a cruise ship and want to dive? Ocean Encounters is conveniently located at the Sea Aquarium Beach and we have various options available for however long you are on the island.

Boat Diving

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2-tank boat dive

With a 7:00 AM docking time, you’ll be able to reach our shop just in time for our 2-tank boat dive for some of the best diving on the island. Most sites we visit are only accessible by boat!

Offered daily || check-in Between 8:00 – 8:15 AM || departure at 8:30 AM.

2nd morning dive

If your ship dock after 7:00 AM on a day that our boat comes back between dives, you can join the second morning dive. You can still do two dives by joining the 1-tank in the afternoon.

Check-in before 10:30 AM || Upon availability & request. Ask for more information

1-tank boat dive

Join our 1-tank boat dive to Tugboat or Director’s Bay in the afternoon. Coming with your family? They can join too! These two sites are also famous as one of the best snorkeling sites on the island.

Offered daily except Wednesdays || check-in at1:45PM || departure at 2:00 PM.

Lionfish Scuba Dive

On Wednesdays, we’ll take you on a special trip to hunt Lionfish! Learn all about the lionfish invasion, practice shooting, and hop on our boat for a thrilling hunt. Enjoy a fresh sashimi sample at the end of the trip!

Offered on Wednesdays || check-in at 1:30PM || departure at 1:45 PM.

Night Boat Dive

As the sun sets, get ready to drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light when joining our Night Boat Dive. You’ll have a chance to see octopuses, lobsters, crabs, all sorts of shrimps, nocturnal predators and more. Equipment and dive light not included.

Offered on Wednesdays || check-in at 6:00PM || departure at 6:30PM.

Shore Diving

Do a fun shore dive at our house reef “Stella Maris”, home of the Coral Restoration! Rent tanks, weights, and equipment at our shop and one of our dive masters will give you a dive briefing so you can enjoy a nice shore dive together with your buddy.

Guided Shore Dive

Want a guide? We offer guided shore dives at our house reef in the afternoon.

Offered on request || check-in at 1:45 PM || departure at 2:00 PM.


Do you pick up at the terminal?

No, we are not allowed to pick up guests at the terminal. A taxi can take you to our shop. It’s a 15 to 20-minute drive from the cruise terminal.

My ship is docking after 7:30, can I make it for the two-tank boat dive?

It can take about 1 hour from docking time to disembark and get to our dive shop (a 15 to 20-minute drive). If you dock after 7:30, you will not be able to join the 2-tank morning dive, which departs at 8:30AM (check in at 8AM)

I’m thinking of leaving my equipment back home. Can I rent?

Yes. Whether you are leaving all of your equipment behind or just bringing a couple of items, we have plenty of equipment available for rent.