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Guided Shore Diving at Sunscape Curacao Resort

Memories created at Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino last a lifetime.
Grab your dive equipment or some snorkel gear and step right off the pier, next to the onsite Ocean Encounters dive shop, into the crystal-clear Caribbean waters that a host of marine life call home for an unforgettable shore dive at, Oswaldo’s Drop Off, the house reef.
Book your guided shore dive at Sunscape Curacao Resort to allow our certified PADI and SSI Dive Masters guide you along at Oswaldo’s Drop Off or the famous Car Pile, which are incredible Curacao shore diving sites only a few fin kicks away from the Ocean Encounters dock. 

Shore Diving at Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino

Oswaldo’s Drop Off

Oswaldo’s Drop Off is named after the local diver who first frequented it many years ago and owned the original dive shop when the Resort was named the Princess Beach Resort.

This is an an easy and pretty dive site that is largely exclusive to the guests of the Sunscape Curaçao Resort and Ocean Encounters. What makes this dive site so special is the abundant health of the beautiful fringing reef system due to the constant easterly currents pushing rich nutrients along the shoreline.

The Car Pile

Are you interested in Wreck Diving or Deep Diving?

If you are then – The strangest wreck diving site in Curaçao has to be the Car Pile at the Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino.

“It is possibly the most unusual traffic jam you are ever likely to see. Cars and trucks dating back to the 1940’s are piled on the wall, and are hugely popular with larger pelagic fish and home to a large variety of sponges. Mountains of cars have been dumped in one spot to make an artificial and very original reef. It’s like diving in the middle of a large car crash without any casualties—the fish manage to swim themselves to freedom. If you’re a vintage car collector, don’t miss this dive. You might find that part you spent years looking for, such as a radiator cap for your old Mercedes.” says Cathy Salisbury

The Car Pile at the Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino sits in the middle between Oswaldo’s Drop Off to the east and Pierbaai to the west. The Car Pile starts at approximately 45 feet, a barge rests at 100 feet and the cars and trucks continue considerably deeper.

Diver Tip: This is an advanced shore dive and currents can be unpredictable. Please contact our Dive Team for more information how to schedule a guided shore dive to this beautiful dive site because If you’ve ever dreamed of simultaneously diving and driving, this is the place for you.   

Enhance your Dive Training with New Skills: Ask our certified PADI and SSI Instructors about the Advanced Open Water Course, Deep Diver Course or Wreck Diving Course.  

Support Coral Restoration at Sunscape Curacao Resort

Reef Renewal Curaçao is an initiative of Ocean Encounters and supported by the community, sponsors, volunteers and Reef Renewal International. The main objectives of this program are the restoration of our shallow water reef system, educating the community and protecting and preserving Curaçao’s natural ecosystems.  

“The significance of this Curacao reef restoration program is that together as a community here on Curacao, we are restoring our shallow water reef system while educating our youth about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural ecosystem.”

Unlimited Shore Diving in Curacao

Curacao is laid out in a way that makes the southern side of the island almost perfect for shore diving. Thanks to the geographic location, the winds in the area come from the Northeast, meaning that almost the entire southern shoreline is protected from heavy sea winds. The lack of strong winds means that divers can get their feet wet almost any time of year, and the diving from shore is calmer and safer.

Learn more about the best dive sites in Curacao and start planning your next Caribbean dive adventure today!


Just make sure you are ready on time. We’ll take care of the rest.

Guided Shore Dive at Sunscape Curacao – FAQ

Shore diving tanks are available for pick up at the Ocean Encounters dive shops located at either the Sunscape Curacao Resort or at LionsDive Beach Resort. Visit the dive shop at Sunscape Curacao Resort for more details regarding complete packages, night diving and also for a complete guide to the best shore dives in Curacao. Consult our Dive Team for more details. 

We have a locker room to store your dive equipment both at Lions Dive Resort and at Sunscape Resort. It is locked outside of opening hours (8:00 – 17:00) but you can get a key for night dives.

When diving from shore, dive flags are mandatory by law in Curacao. We have dive flags available.
No, you must have your PADI/SSI or other license.