Curaçao's Great Eight

Whether you're all about the diving, or just want to slip some bottom time into an island vacation, Curaçao is the place. Down below, you'll find colorful reefs and wrecks. Dive from shore or board a boat, then relax on a quiet beach or explore one of the Caribbean's most intriguing cities. It's easy to choose the vacation experience that fits your style, as Curaçao offers everything from intimate self-contained diver's apartments to world-class resorts and all-inclusive properties. Each of these select properties provide full support for diving activities, along with all the topside amenities that make for a memorable island getaway.

 

ALL WEST APARTMENTS

If diving is the top priority for a Curaçao vacation, All West is a great choice. This intimate 12-apartment resort is located at the island's far western tip in the small village of Westpunt. The property sits on a bluff overlooking the waters of a calm bay, with a quiet beach just below. A flight of steps brings divers to the water, and within a short swim of one of Curaçao's top-rated dive sites, Alice in Wonderland.

All West's air-conditioned studio and one-bedroom apartments feature fully-equipped kitchens, WiFi and ocean-view patios and balconies. Offering more space and amenities than a typical hotel room, these apartments are ideal for divers. A waterfront staging area with tanks and lockers allow for 24/7 shore diving. Packages can include drive-and-dive options and access to boat diving services are available at nearby Go West Diving, which is a full-service shop offering boat trips to popular sites such as Mushroom Forest and Watamula.

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BLUE BAY CURAÇAO

At Blue Bay you can spend the morning logging bottom time, then schedule an afternoon tee time. This expansive beach and golf resort is built on the grounds of a historic oceanfront plantation near the fishing village of St. Michiel. Guests enjoy the relaxation of a private beach and a quiet setting. Those who stay can choose from a variety of studios, one- and two-bedroom villas as well as apartments ranging in sizes up to five bedrooms.

In addition to the 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, resort amenities include five pools, three restaurants, a water sports center, fitness center, children's club and a variety of organized activities and sports. Well-appointed kitchens and spacious social areas make each of these accommodations ideal for families or groups. On-site Blue Bay Dive provides daily boat diving services, and the waters of the bay are home to two excellent shore diving sites.

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CORAL ESTATE LUXURY RESORT

A stay at Coral Estates delivers the total Caribbean vacation experience with an upscale atmosphere. The resort is set within a self-contained 900-acre gated community of luxury villas and bungalows located some 12 miles west of the capital of Willemstad. Accommodation choices at the resort include two classes of hotel rooms and two styles of apartments that offer accommodations for up to four guests. The on-site amenities include boutiques, cafes, fine and casual dining options, a wellness center, water sports center and a range of organized activities. 

Diving services are provided by Coral Divers, which is a full-service PADI 5-Star center. Daily boat diving is offered, families and mixed groups of divers & snorkelers can schedule private excursions as well as diving into the pair of house reefs lie just off shore. The center also schedules all-day dive and beach excursions to the island of Klein Curaçao.

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DREAMS CURAÇAO RESORT, SPA & CASINO

“Unlimited-Luxury” is the trademarked promise of Dreams Resorts, and guests can enjoy quite a few of these luxuries when they stay at the all-inclusive Dreams Curaçao Resort & Spa. Amenities such as seven restaurants with buffet and à la carte dining options, oceanfront bars, international and domestic top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room and concierge service, pool and beach wait service, daytime activities, live nightly entertainment, theme parties and more

There is the Dreams Spa by Pevonia, three pools, a fitness and water sports center, kids and teens clubs — and of course, there is diving. On site Caribbean Sea Sports invites divers to explore a two-mile-long house reef, and operates two dive boats for daily trips to sites along the southern coast. Accommodation choices include a range of rooms and suites with private patios or balconies, while an upgrade to the Preferred Level provides added amenities. All this and more makes Dreams a smart choice for divers looking to combine resort indulgences with easy access to the reefs.

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CURAÇAO MARRIOTT

A central-island location puts the Curaçao Marriott within convenient range of dives sites all along the island's southern coast, as well as a quick cab ride away from the attractions of downtown Willemstad. The resort sits on a six-acre landscaped property facing a swath of private sand beach on Piscadera Bay. The hotel features recently-renovated rooms and suites that showcase an upscale Caribbean décor that offer garden and ocean views.

Resort amenities include two pools (adult's only and family), a large fitness center, spa services, four unique dining experiences, a casual cafe, lounge, and kids club with playground. Variety of land and water activities including snorkeling, sailing trips, dolphin swims, ATV and buggy tours, visits to Shete Boka National Park and the Hato Caves, and tee times at two 18-hole golf courses. Caribbean Sea Sports has shore diving on an expansive house reef and daily boat trips.

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LIONSDIVE BEACH RESORT

With dozens of Curaçao's top underwater attractions just a short boat ride away, it’s no wonder that LionsDive is a favorite with scuba divers. And because the property faces a white-sand beach, and is within walking distance of the shops & cafes, it is also a great choice for beach and water sports lovers. The resort's Dutch-Caribbean style accommodations include standard and ocean-view rooms, suites and one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and cable television, direct telephone lines and free internet connection.

The landscaped grounds include a 50-meter infinity pool, four restaurants and an ice cream parlor, The SPA at LionsDive, and the Body Beach Wellness Club.  Also on site is Ocean Encounters, which is Curaçao' s largest and most popular dive operator, providing daily boat diving service to sites along the southern coast and day trips to Klein Curaçao. Shore diving in the Marine Park begins right from the beach, the Curaçao Sea Aquarium is directly across a small channel, and the shop supports dive activities as well.

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SCUBA LODGE BOUTIQUE HOTEL & OCEAN SUITES

Scuba Lodge is a small and personal boutique hotel that combines an oceanfront setting with a prime location in the heart Curaçao's capital city of Willemstad. The Lodge offers modern accommodations in historic buildings from the 1800s. Guests enjoy direct water access for shore diving, along with all the attractions of the city's vibrant Pietermaai District, including a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, shops, museums, and a nearby beach.

The historic Punda and Otrobanda neighborhoods are within walking distance, as well as the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, the De Handelskade historic waterfront strip, and the floating market. Guests can choose from 28 unique rooms & 11 apartments, have access to two pools, and the oceanfront De Heeren restaurant and bar, while enjoying the property-wide WiFi. The on-site dive shop specializes in guided shore diving, both on the house reef and with transportation at an additional cost to top dive sites across the island.

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SUNSCAPE CURAÇAO RESORT, SPA & CASINO

Sitting on a private beach at the west end of the Curaçao Marine Park, Sunscape is ideally located for both shore and boat diving. In addition, divers will enjoy all of the amenities and perks of an all-inclusive beach resort. The Sunscape complex includes six restaurants, six bars and four freshwater pools, all overlooking a beach with a sheltered lagoon. Also on site are the indoor fitness center, tennis courts, casino, day spa and a children's club.

Available activities include beach volleyball, rock climbing, water trampolines, non-motorized water sports and nightly live entertainment. Guests can take a walk from the resort to the shops, restaurants and beach bars of the Mambo Beach. Ocean Encounters operates a satellite shop on the premises, providing gear storage, shore diving support, as well as complementary boat transfers to their main facility for daily boat diving trips to the island's east and central coast.

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