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Curacao Snorkeling Guide

Curaçao, a favorite holiday destination, is an exotic island in the southern Caribbean Sea and part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, the coziness of the island, the bays with pearly white beaches, the varied landscape and the underwater world ensure that the largest island of the so-called ABC islands is very popular.

There are more than 60 locations where you can dive and snorkel. The crystal clear water ensures that you have a view of more than 30 meters. The water temperature is around 27 degrees Celsius all year round. The usually weak currents and calm waves allow you to enjoy the marine life and from the beach you can reach most snorkeling locations.

Bring your mask and snorkel and enter the water. Under water you can admire the unique, colorful, lush and varied underwater life. This is mainly due to the beautiful coral reefs and volcanic rocks. Spot coral fish, sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, lobsters and harmless nurse sharks. 

The most beautiful snorkeling spots in Curaçao at a glance: Playa Grandi, also called Playa Piskado, is a small fishing beach located near the town of Westpunt. It is pretty quiet there, as not many tourists come yet. Swim with groups of sea turtles. Spot trumpet fish, groupers and snappers. 

Not far from Playa Grandi is a quiet and small beach called Playa Forti. The sand contains many pebbles. You can spot the same animals here as Playa Grandi. If you are a real daredevil you can jump off a 12 meter high cliff into the clear water.

In the beautiful clear green-blue water you can encounter sea turtles every day as fishing boats clean the fish and throw the fish waste in the sea. They come there to eat. Sea turtles make their nests and lay their eggs at the village.vary

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The Blue Room next to Mushroom Forest is a cave along the cliffside. Because the sunlight shines through the entrance of the cave, it creates a beautiful blue glow. It is true underwater light show. You can encounter turtles, rays, nurse sharks, moray eels and lobsters. An additional fact is that the cave is called Boka Flute by the locals. This is due to the whistling sound coming from the cave. 

Ocean Encounters organizes private charters to this part of the island. Snorkel gear is already included and additional discover (try) scuba dives for non-certified divers or dives for certified divers can be added on.

By boat you can also reach the famous Mushroom Forest. It gets its name from the many mushroom-shaped coral formations in the crystal clear water and many varied and colorful fish. Whales have even been seen by divers! Mainly pilot whales. 

For the absolute best way to view the island’s picturesque southern coast, join us on a private charter. There is also a chance that dolphins will swim with the boat. there are many mushroom-shaped coral formations in the crystal clear water and many varied and colorful fish. 

Playa Kalki is in the vicinity. This is a narrow and beautiful white beach to the west of Curaçao. The name Kalki is characterized by the lime in the cliffs. The reef next to Playa Kalki is called “Alice in wonderland” because of the lush coral landscapes that form a maze.

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More towards the middle of the island, is the famous “Tugboat”. This boat was tugging a bigger boat when the big boat threw out anchor on the tugboat upon which it sank instantly. The boat rests at about 5 meters of depth on the bottom and is a popular diving and snorkeling spot. 

The place can be reached by boat with Ocean Encounters with the 2-tank morning boat, the 1-tank  afternoon boat or the afternoon snorkel trip. Once there, you can see the wreck through the clear azure blue water. It is covered with corals and you can find moray eels, trumpet fish, angel fish and tube coral. If you succeed you can even spot the seahorse living there. The Tugboat is great to enjoy because it is in a protected bay with a weak current and a little wave action.

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Everyone can snorkel in Curaçao. Still, there are a number of basic rules. The most important rule to remember is: Never touch the corals! Also very important is to have a mask that fits. For specialist advice, come to Ocean Encounters where we can fit one especially for you!

Some small rules of thumb for fitting: Hold the mask against your face. Make sure it fits comfortably around your eyes and nose and remove all hairs from the mask. Choose a different size if necessary. Inhale through your nose with the mask against your face. The vacuum created in the mask must ensure that it stays against your face when you take your hand away.

When choosing a snorkel, you can choose from a dry vs semi-dry vs wet snorkel. A dry-snorkel has a valve that closes when the snorkel dips into the sea, preventing water to fill up the tube, a semi-dry snorkel has a splash protector, preventing waves to constantly fill up the tube, but this does not help when dipping the snorkel in the sea; and a wet snorkel which does not have any protection.

Another thing to consider is if the snorkel has an air pocket and a purge valve. This small pocket of air in the bottom of the snorkel underneath the mouthpiece collects water that comes into the snorkel so that the collected water does not get into your mouth. With the purge valve, you can blow water out that way so you do not have to blow it all the way up the snorkel. That can be hard to do after diving down to take a closer look at a coral or fish.

An alternative to a regular snorkel and mask is a full face mask. The advantage is that it covers your full face, so you can breathe through your nose and mouth. The large window gives great visibility. It is only much more difficult to dive down due to the large pocket of air in the mask.

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