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Afternoon Snorkel Trip

Join Ocean Encounters for an afternoon snorkel trip by boat where you will discover the best snorkel sites in Curaçao, including the world-famous Tugboat Wreck and historic Director’s Bay.

These afternoon snorkeling trips by boat are perfect for snorkelers, divers, and of course families looking for fun excursion combined with a scenic coastal boat ride.

Snorkeling Tugboat or Director’s bay

Just 20 minutes from our marina lies the famous Tugboat wreck sitting upright in shallow waters. This site is famous for having all the critters that make up Curacao’s “most wanted” marine life list and the little boat is home to schools of colorful Caribbean fish.

Around the corner from the Tugboat lies Director’s Bay. Back in the day this was the private beach for the “Director” of the Royal Dutch Shell company who hosted Dutch royalty there for a dip in the Caribbean sea. This site is perfect for divers and snorkelers due to the large plateau with beautiful shallows, and a deep wall for divers to explore.

 

Snorkeling Guide for Curacao

There are many beautiful places in the world where you can go snorkeling. One of the most beautiful places for anyone who wants to organize a snorkeling holiday is Curaçao. If you want to snorkel in Curaçao, it is not a bad idea to take the time to read this article. We have listed important information below that can be useful when snorkeling in Curaçao.

Snorkeling during your Vacation in Curaçao


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.

Arguably, some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Curaçao are located in Bandabou, commonly referred to as the Southwest side of Curaçao. There you will find sheltered bays, coves, and of course – famous beaches like Cas Abao, Porto Mari and Playa Kalki!

Reef Renewal Curaçao - Dive for a Purpose with Ocean Encounters

Reef Renewal Curacao

Ocean Encounters, Curaçao’s Premier PADI and SSI Dive Shop, is proud to announce that our coral restoration project is joining the Reef Renewal Foundation International (RRFI) network and changing its name to Reef Renewal Curaçao (RRC).

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Afternoon Snorkeling Trip FAQ's

Of course you can! Our afternoon snorkeling trips combined with a one tank boat dive is fun for the while family whether you are certified or not. 

BUT… If you have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater and you want to try scuba diving, consider the Discover Scuba Diving experience. At Ocean Encounters this PADI or SSI introduction to scuba diving course is available at LionsDive Beach Resort or at Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa and Casino.

While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

To sign up for a PADI or SSI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. Are you ready to dive in with Ocean Encounters to discover the magic of the underwater world? 

At Ocean Encounters, our Dive Team consists of attentive PADI and SSI Professional Dive Masters. They make it their career to not only serve you but also to provide pre-dive and pre-snorkel safety briefings, dive and snorkel site orientations and, of course to expertly guide the dives and the snorkeling tours. Their combination of skills, abilities and local knowledge of the dive sites leaves nothing to chance. 

The boat ride to the Tugboat Wreck or Director’s Bay takes about 15 minutes.

There is plenty of shade available on any one of Ocean Encounters custom dive boats. Learn more!