Snorkeling Curacao - Caracasbaai's Hidden Treasure

by Susan Kleinhample

turtle in the plume

turtle in the plume

I wanted to share this snorkeling Curacao tip. We live a short walk from Caracasbaai Beach, where the famous tugboat is located. We've snorkeled there many days and love it a lot, but just a short distance away we found a hidden gem.

Just below the cliffs at Jan Theil's Vista Royal neighborhood (on the opposite side of the bay from tugboat) is a wonderful coral garden. It's filled with huge pristine elkhorn coral and sea fans and many other types of coral. Plus tons of fish of all kinds, huge parrot fish, schools of black durgons, cowfish, Angelfish, barracuda, and many more!!

Plus it was the sight of our first turtle viewing. We first saw him in the plume, and then he swam out from there. He was about three feet long, and just beautiful! We are anxious to revisit the sight, but you can snorkel here only on very calm days because the current is really strong here and would easily wash you into the coral that extends right up to the beach/cliffs.

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Mar 04, 2010
by: Galen & Nicole

Susan - Thanks so much for sharing your Curacao snorkeling tip and wonderful turtle picture. That's done it, we are now going to have to plan a trip to Curacao.

Please share more Curacao snorkeling spots!!!

By the way, Susan told me that she used a Canon PowerShot D10 for this picture, a camera I recommend in my snorkeling camera suggestions. It sure takes nice pictures!

Mar 05, 2010
Spot time forgot
by: Colleen king

Yes, Sue the spot which you spoke of is beautiful. A snorkeling spot in which Time Forgot. Thank you for your suggestion.

Feb 11, 2013
More Details!
by: Nicole & Galen

We wanted to update this because we have snorkeled this wonderful spot ourselves. It is a bit of a challenge to access, but worth it on a calm day. We have full details on how to get there in our Curacao Snorkeling Guide eBook.

There is more free Curacao snorkeling information here too.

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