Visibility and Current
The following is a short description of the condition you should
general expect while diving or snorkeling on Curacao. Because
the use of certain equipment will make your adventure more comfortable
I added some notes about where to get additional information
or services for snorkeling and diving
Water temperature are balmy between 24 and 27 degree Celsius
(75 - 81 F). Visibility is excellent, averaging about 30 m(100ft).
During rainy period plankton sometimes increases resulting in
a lower, but still good visibility - about 18m(60ft). A mild
current of 1-2 knots. Rough water or swell, often experienced
at the southeaster end of Curacao when there are high winds,
increase the surface current. As a precaution, always dive or
snorkel into the current and keep a keen eye on your depth.
Before you go to any cite to dive, you need to get good information
on the site your are visiting, since the conditions of each
site differs and also check the condition of the day before
been rated as one of the best Caribbean island for shore diving
and snorkeling. Most dive sites are easily accessible because
thee reefs are near the water's edge. Also, because of the arid
climate, deep water close to shore and distance from major sediment
sources such as rivers, the reefish lush. Snorkeling is always
best away from sandy beach areas. Try around rocks, corals and
cliff or reef edges. If you plan to dive or snorkel from shore,
bring along booties and open heeled fins as many shore entries
consists of coral rubble and rocks. Jet skis and power boats
are common at some beaches so take along a dive flag for safety.
A t-shirt and swimsuit are usually protection enough against
equipment chafing and sunburn. You may want to bring a dive
skin to protect yourself against coral cuts and occasional sea
wasp. If you are going to be in the water several times a day
a wetsuit is recommended. even tropical seas can feel chilly.
Dive gloves are not needed. Most operations rent and sell equipment.
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Curacao has a wide range of services available for the beginning
to the advanced diver or snorkeler. You can arrange anything
from complete packages with equipment to all levels of instructions.
Boat dives and shore excursions are available and snorkelers
are welcome on most outings.