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 Curaçao

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Curaçao is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea off the west coast of Venezuela. The island is the largest and most populous of the three so-called ABC islands (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) of the Lesser Antilles and belongs to the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao's capital is Willemstad.

Curaçao is renowned for its coral reefs which make it an excellent spot for scuba diving. The beaches on the south side contain many popular diving spots. An unusual feature of Curaçao diving is that the sea floor drops off steeply within a few hundred feet of the shore, and the reef can easily be reached without a boat. This drop-off is locally known as the "blue edge." Strong currents and lack of beaches make the rocky northern coast dangerous for swimming and diving, but experienced divers sometimes dive there from boats when conditions permit. The southern coast is very different and offers remarkably calm waters. The coastline of Curaçao features many bays and inlets, many of them suitable for mooring.

Some of the coral reefs have been affected by tourism. Porto Marie beach is experimenting with artificial coral reefs in order to improve the reef's condition. Hundreds of artificial coral blocks that have been placed are now home to a large array of tropical fish.

Locatie: Caribbean; Part of the Netherlands Antilles.
Geografische coordinaten: 12° 9' N, 68° 27' W
Kustlijn km: km
Klimaat: tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds
Terrein: generally hilly, volcanic interiors
Hoogte: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m
Natuurlijke gevaren: Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October
Valuta: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Populatie: 133,644
Talen: Papiamento 65.4% (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect), English 15.9% (widely spoken), Dutch 7.3% (official), Spanish 6.1%, Creole 1.6%, other 1.9%, unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
Hoofdstad: Willemstad
Provincies: part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Airplane Wreck 2 / -
23 m 70 m CMAS * / OW
Alice in Wonderland 9 / -
15 m 30 m Alle duikers
Awa Blanku - / -
25 m 30.5 m CMAS * / OW
Beyond the Tunnel of Doom - / -
20 m 30.5 m CMAS ** / AOW
Blue Bay 1 / -
18 m 60 m Alle duikers
Bullenbaai - / -
15 m 17 m CMAS * / OW
Car Pile 4 / -
25 m 27.9 m CMAS ** / AOW
Caracas Bay - / -
15.2 m 49.4 m CMAS *** / Rescue
Cas Abou (Lower House) 7 / -
10 m 20 m Alle duikers
Daaibooibaai 8 / -
10 m 20 m Alle duikers
Dark Wall - / -
20 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Directors Bay 2 / -
25.9 m 30.8 m Alle duikers
Grote Knip (Playa Abou) - / -
7 m 10 m Alle duikers
Habitat Curacao Housereef 1 / -
15 m 19.2 m Alle duikers
Hamrak - / -
18 m 25 m CMAS ** / AOW
Jan Thiel Baai 3 / -
15 m 30 m Alle duikers
Kenepa 3 / -
12 m 25 m Alle duikers
Klein - Southern point - / -
20 m 60 m CMAS * / OW
Klein - The north point - / -
20 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Kontiki Beach - / -
16.8 m 39.6 m CMAS * / OW
Lions Dive Housereef 3 / -
10 m 60 m Alle duikers
Marie Pampoen 1 / - 10 m 10 m
Off the Road - / -
20 m 40 m CMAS ** / AOW
Oswaldo's Drop-off - / -
6.1 m 12.2 m CMAS * / OW
Pietermaai - / -
15 m 40 m Alle duikers
Playa Jeremi - / -
10 m 15 m Alle duikers
Playa Kanoa - / -
18 m 30 m CMAS * / OW
Playa Lagun 5 / -
10 m 35 m Alle duikers
Playa Largu - / -
10 m 20 m Alle duikers
Playa Manzalina - / -
10 m 20 m Alle duikers
Point Halfway - / -
18.3 m 24.4 m Alle duikers
Port Marie 13 / -
20 m 25 m CMAS ** / AOW
Sandy's Plateau - / -
15.2 m 18.3 m Alle duikers
Snake Bay 9 / -
20 m m Alle duikers
Sponge Forest 3 / -
15 m 30 m Alle duikers
Superior Producer 12 / -
28 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Tarpon Bridge 1 / -
20 m 40 m CMAS * / OW
The Pipe - / -
20 m 30.5 m CMAS ** / AOW
Tugboat 6 / -
15 m 30 m Alle duikers
Tugboat Wreck 4 / -
4.6 m 6.1 m Alle duikers
Tunnel of doom - / -
25 m 60 m CMAS *** / DiveMaster
Vaersen Bay 1 / -
20 m 60 m CMAS ** / AOW
Wata Mula 7 / -
15 m 18 m Alle duikers

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Playa Largu
By livi120
Mar 2, 2016
- With Sam. Stayed at Floris. 2 tank morning dive with Caribbean Sea Sports dive shop located at Moomba Beach Club between Hilton and Marriot. Day windy with swells and overcast. Slight to moderate current. Not much marine life. reefs looked very damag
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Nov 9, 2015
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Apr 18, 2011
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Apr 18, 2011
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Apr 17, 2011
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Trip: Curacao Padi Cert.
By daniel_toor
From Nov 9, 2015 to Nov 12, 2015

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Trip: Curaçao 2011
By mreuvers1975
From Apr 9, 2011 to Apr 19, 2011

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Trip: Curacao 2009
By Griffith
From Aug 9, 2009 to Aug 17, 2009

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Trip: Curacao
By gertbakhuizen
From Sep 26, 2008 to Oct 6, 2008
First dive trip with my brother.
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Trip: Curacao
By ralflang
From Sep 24, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008

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