A good example of Curacao’s healthy coral reefs, Mushroom Forest is defined by its mushroom-shaped hard corals and abundant colorful marine life.
One of the best wrecks in the Caribbean, the Superior Producer sits upright at 100 feet (30 meters) with a penetrable wheelhouse and cargo holds.
Although boat diving is most popular, the dive sites on the northwest side of Curacao are easily accessible from shore, perfect for independent divers.
Curacao’s dry season lasts from about April to November. During these months, the island will be extremely dry and sunny, experiencing consistently calm weather. Sea conditions remain steady throughout the season with sea temperatures at 85°F (29°C) and air temperatures at approximately 89°F (31°C). The dry season is recommended for those who value both beach time and dive time.
Finally, remember that while other Caribbean islands are suffering through hurricane season during these months, Curacao is located on the far southern edge of the hurricane belt and is rarely at risk of these massive storms.
The rainy season on Curacao begins in December and lasts until March. These four months will bring a brief daily downpour to the island. You can expect only slightly cooler temperatures both in and out of the water. Air temperatures average 85°F (29°C) and water temperatures drop to 79°F (26°C). The only disadvantage to visiting at this time of year is the increased trade winds which blow from January through April.
If you don’t mind the wind, travel to Curacao during the rainy season. This is the low season, so you’ll find better deals on both diving and accommodation.
When it comes down to it, any time is the best time to dive in Curacao. The marine life is unchanged between seasons. You can feel comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll experience great diving during any month of the year.
You can see pilot whales, dolphins, rays, and even turtles during your dives on Curacao. Keep an eye on small nooks and crannies, and you may luck out to see a tiny seahorse, a highly camouflaged octopus, a frogfish or a mantis shrimp. Nurse sharks and lobsters lurk under large corals and boulders. Morays, and anemones inhabit the wrecks nearby. Barracudas cruise by in the blue. Of course, you’ll also encounter more colorful reef fish than you can hope to log. The coral and sponges off the coast of Curacao are worth mentioning, as well. There is one sponge near Boca Sta Martha that is referred to as “the double bed” because of its tremendous size. Also, look for orange elephant ear sponges and tube sponges in vivid colors and star corals.
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