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The Curaçao Diving Adventures of ScubaHankNYC

Henry Hall


The first time I visited Curaçao was for a quick weekender in July 2011. My plan was simple, to see as much of the island as possible during my short stay, explore as many bars and restaurants, and make sure I found my way to the infamous Mambo Beach on the weekend. After this first visit, I knew I had only scratched the surface.

I quickly realized that I needed to return to Curaçao to see more of what topside had to offer and, to bring my dive gear to discover the beautiful fringing coral reefs and drop-offs that surrounded this relatively unknown Dutch Caribbean island.

Since my initial visit, I have returned to Curacao now six times with my last visit in November 2017. Curacao has so much to offer both above and below the water which is the reason I keep coming back. The people are extremely nice, the food and drinks are tasty, and I always seem to observe something new and exciting underwater.

I don’t know if this is an anomaly but no matter how great my experiences are at a hotel or resort, I never stay at the same place over consecutive visits (unless it’s for business travel). I feel this travel choice allows me to explore, meet new people and I believe this decision also keeps my appetite wet for exploration.

So… when I decided to return to Curaçao this time, the Scuba Lodge Boutique Hotel & Ocean Suites was my choice. I decided on this hotel due to its proximity to downtown Willemstad and because it has a Curacao Tourist Board approved dive shop.

After completing the standard legal dive due diligence, I loaded my gear on their Scuba Bus and we headed to a dive site called Kokomo located at Vaersenbaai. Kokomo is a private beach famous for a monthly full moon party that is the largest in the Caribbean. The beach also has a nice restaurant serving standard dishes and an array of beverages.

When we arrived, there were not that many divers, snorkelers or even sun-seekers since it was a week day. So, it was decided to do two dives. With an easy shore entry and the relaxed feeling of the warm turquoise waters, I began to observe incredible macro life all around me. As we progressed further from shore we saw large and healthy corals, Parrotfish, Trunkfish, Grunts, Groupers, Filefish, Christmas Tree Worms, Butterflyfish, Angelfish and beautiful Anemones with bright purple tips.  These first two dives of my holiday were fantastic!

Read the full story, originally published on March 15, 2018, on DiveNewsWire.