If you are in search of a beautiful sunrise or the best dive site in Curaçao, you need to head towards the East Point. What makes this dive site so unique is that it has been left the way nature intended it, with little or no human impact. The area is out of reach of small local fishing boats, and there are no roads for shore diving, snorkeling, or the daily sun worshippers. However, it is just a forty-minute boat trip to access the stunning underwater world at East Point.
Curaçao’s fringing reef system, with little or no current and an average water temperature of 27 C/82 F is a perfect location for divers of all levels. The shallows are bright and healthy, covered with stunning star, brain, and boulder corals as well as the endangered staghorn and elkhorn corals. Upon descent, you are sure to drop in on large green morays, lobsters, and channel clinging crabs. The pristine waters let the light through, so it’s easy to follow the slope down to more advanced depths, where you can find leaf lettuce corals flourishing. Rainbow runners, ceros, barracudas, as well as hawksbill and green turtles, are also commonly seen around the reef of this dive site.
Ocean Encounters is conveniently located between the Royal Sea Aquarium Curaçao and Mambo Beach Boulevard, with two locations. The first location is at the LionsDive Beach Resort, where their 4 large comfortable boats leave for daily boat departures. All dive boats have fresh water showers, marine toilets, covered areas, and open decks.
The second location is at Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino. Both dive shops have fresh water showers, fresh water rinse tanks, and spacious drying area where divers can hang and store their equipment in lockers.
Ocean Encounters can offer SSI Scuba courses in English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and French. Other activities include shore diving, snorkel activities, dolphin dives, fishing trips, and much more.
Recreational, tec and rebreather equipment is available for rent. Aluminum and steel cylinders are available in a variety of sizes including pony bottles. They also support Air, Nitrox, and Trimix cylinder fills.
Ocean Encounters-LionsDive Beach Resort
Bapor Kira z/n
(+5999) 461 8131
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