If you are searching for a dive destination that also offers an intriguing glimpse into an island’s history, Curaçao is the place to go. This southern Caribbean island, located approximately 40 miles off the Venezuelan coast, is the largest of the former ABC Island chain (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao) at 444 km and is home to more than 150,000 people.
Curaçao was first inhabited by the Arawak Indians and later settled by the Spanish and finally the Dutch. The Dutch and Spanish influence is obvious everywhere on the island, especially in the architecture found in the capital city of Willemstad, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For scuba divers, Curaçao offers an abundance of options from both shore and boat. The island consistently ranks in the top three for snorkeling and shore diving. Divers arriving on the island face the enviable task of choosing from more than 60 dive sites offering everything from one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean to deep wall dives suitable for advanced divers only. There’s even an artificial reef made up of old automobiles.