Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2016 - Page 66

Divers Paradise A hidden gem in the Caribbean, Curaçao boasts 65 individual dives sites which are accessible from shore or boat. Reefs surrounding the island boast species whose diversity is untarnished by industrial and meteorological pollution. SIGNATURE SITES MUSHROOM FOREST and the Cave Best reached by boat, this site is named for the unusual vertical star coral growth in the shape of mushrooms. The coral’s bio-eroded base attracts macro-life worth investigating. The Cave along the cliff side is a common hangout for nurse sharks and schools of fingerlings. Playa Kalki / Alice in Wonderland Situated on a cove of Westpunt below The Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, this shore dive requires a three minute swim to the 60 foot wall. The occasional strong current promotes robust coral growth and reef fish activity. The Valley / Port Marie Two parallel reefs form a sand “valley” which has become a local favorite. The beach is stocked with divers’ amenities, including rinse tanks and restrooms. Traditionally rare reef life tends to congregate here, including seahorses, nurse sharks, sea turtles, sting rays and cornetfish. Tugboat A diverse site for divers and snorkelers alike, this wreck dive is right outside Caracas Bay. The mooring is the epicenter of the shallow wreck, a wall and a deep dive with lots of photo ops in between. Although teeming with soft corals, the boat is well preserved. Moray eels, scorpion fish and lobsters love the many crevices of the tugboat and wall. Car Wreck A truly fun sight for all divers, this site is full of dozens of car wrecks which make a great spot to take some unique souvenir photos. CURAÇAO 62 © www.curacao.com