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Curaçao is one of the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean. It is located 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, 42 miles east of Aruba, and 30 miles west of Bonaire. Curaçao is the largest of the five islands and the government of the Netherlands Antilles is located here. The island is about 38 miles (62 km long) and 8 miles (14 km) wide (2 miles (4 km) at its narrowest point in the middle of the island). About 150.000 people live on the island. Curaçao is an island with many small and beautiful beaches surrounded by clear and refreshing water.

Curaçao diving is unique for many reasons. It is set apart from other Caribbean destinations by its diversity and its density of sea life, its many underwater landscapes, and its reef's proximity to shore. Reefs surround the island, attaching to the shore like a narrow fringe. Massive coral formations extend into the depths with deep-water fish patrolling the plunging walls. The reef walls on Curaçao vary from moderate 45 degree angles to steep 90 degree angles. There is plenty to see, be it dolphins playing, turtles sunning, or even pilot whales migrating.

Even the most experienced diver will find the fish life of Curaçao entertaining. even sometimes dramatic. Instead of exploring the whole reef in one dive, choose one coral-covered spot and just float above the coral heads and watch life go on. There are over 500 species of fish inhabiting these Caribbean reefs, so you are sure to see plenty of activity.

Climate Summer 85F 29C Winter 75F 24C
Water Temp 78 - 83F 25 -28C Visibility 50 - 100 ft 15 - 30 m


Curacao Diving and Accommodations


Ban Topa Apartments & Villa's Curacao
Kaya Kashimiri 59
Netherlands Antilles
Tel.: 00 5999 8695670

BanTopa is a small resort full of atmosphere and comprises a studio/apartment, 2-room apartments, 3-room bungalows and 4-room villas. Because of their high locations, all accommodations have a panoramic view and enjoy a lovely breeze. All accommodations feature a tasteful and modern design. Ban Topa offers affordable 2, 3 and 4 room apartments, bungalows and villa’s with a nice view, cool breeze, sea and the Capital city Willemstad within reach.
Diving, fishing and golf are available with discounts. At least 6 dive centers are located near BanTopa.


Curacao Island Rentals
Willem de Zwijgerlaan 13
Netherlands Antilles
Tel.: 5999-736-2030
Fax.: 5999-736-6616

We offer a wide range of luxurious villa’s and condominiums on Curacao.
Curacao Island Rentals is specialized since 1998 in renting out privately owned Curacao based properties to international vacationers. Over the years we have built up an excellent reputation both with property owner’s as well as with our guests. Our portfolio contains well maintained luxurious villas and condos suitable for couples, families and business travelers. All rentals have a private pool or resort pool and the beach and beautiful bays are never far away.

Vacation rentals have gained popularity over hotel stays with all independent travelers worldwide. In a vacation rental you are able to enjoy the space, amenities and privacy in your own private unit without other guests around you. Our property managers and hostesses will make you feel very welcome and will attend to all your needs during your stay. They are available 24/7 for your convenience.


Go West Diving
Westpunt E5
Westpunt, Curaçao
Netherlands Antilles
Tel. 0059998640102
Fax. 0059998643042

GO WEST Diving (formerly known as Ocean Encounters West) is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Resort. We are located at one of Curaçao’s best dive sites, Alice in Wonderland, right on the idyllic sandy beach of Playa Kalki in Westpunt. The dive center offers the full range of PADI courses (up to IDC Staff Instructor), quality rental equipment and an air/nitrox filling station. Most of Curaçao’s top dive sites are only few minutes away from GO WEST Diving by boat or car.


Limestone Holiday - Apartments & Diving
Limestone Holiday
p/a. fam. Jungslager
Brakkeput Ariba (k) 5
(Netherlands Antilles)
Tel.: 005999 7673007

Maximum Number of Divers: 10
Number of Tanks per Day: 4
Gear Provided: yes
Rental Gear Available: yes
Type of Diving: Shore & boat
Nitrox Available: no
Total Dive Sites: 20
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 10
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 60
Training Agency: PADI
Courses Offered: Discover Diving, Open Water, Advanced, specialties.

Limestone Holiday apartments & diving is a small & personal dive resort. We offer a total concept of diving: holiday apartments, snorkel sets & dive equipment rental, a practical car to take you and your equipment to the dive site, personalized dive courses or snorkel & dive safari’s.


Mondi Lodge
Klein Sint Michiel 1
Telephones: +5999 686 7977

Mondi Lodge is a an eco-friendly lodge where visitors are surrounded by nature, feeling relaxed, spoiled and comfortable. We aim to give you that ‘home-away-from-home’ feeling.

Our charming lodge contains four palapa’s (wooden cottages) and is situated at only a ten minute drive from the airport and our colorful capital Willemstad. There are several beaches, diving spots and supermarkets less than two miles away. Due to our central location both Westpunt (Banda Abou) with all its untouched, natural beaches, and Jan Thiel/Mambo Boulevard (the touristic hotspots) are easily accessible by car.

Mondi Lodge is surrounded by a big tropical garden filled with colorful flowers and local fauna such as iguanas, (tree) lizards, hummingbirds, parakeets and land crabs. Neighboring flamingos can be sighted flying over to their nesting area!

Our local staff is multi-lingual and comes from very diverse backgrounds, which usually leads to interesting and fun conversations, be it in Papiamentu, English, Dutch, Spanish, German or French.

Looking for some great diving opportunities? We work with Curacao Divers, who has been offering the best of Curacao diving since 1999. They offer more than 60 dive sites, half of which are accessible from the shore.

Our vision

Mondi Lodge firmly believes in running a business based on INTEGRITY; preserving and respecting its natural surroundings and the environment, transparency towards our customers, carrying out a management system built on sustainability while ensuring an ever-growing awareness upon our guests, workers and local community, maintaining high standards of hospitality with a personal touch and carrying out respect for human diversity and expecting our guests to do so too.

Air Conditioning, Mobile phone service, Safety Deposit Box, Wi-Fi, Blow-dryer, Solar-heated hot Water, Window Screens, Smart TV, Power Outlets 220 volts, Minibar, Coffee Machine, Water Cooker, Kitchenette, Mosquito nets, Outdoor kitchen and BBQ area with cooking supplies, Swimming pool with beach chairs, Fresh beach towel service, Beaches nearby, Freeparking, Secured gate, Bus stop nearby, Car rental (optional), Baby cot (optional), Excursions (optional)

Number of Rooms: 5
Check In Time: 14:00
Check Out Time: 11:00

Email: info@mondilodge.com
Web: www.mondilodge.com

The Dive Bus, Curacao
Koraalspechtweg 79A
Netherlands Antilles
Tel.: (+599 9) 693 8305/ 528 3263 - We're mobile - we come to you!

If you're looking for a fun, relaxed scuba diving experience in one of the TOP Caribbean shore-diving destinations, in small dive groups led by friendly, experienced PADI dive professionals, this is the right place. The Dive Bus specialises in shore diving - guided or independent - at the best of Curacao's shore dive sites. A PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, we offer PADI dive courses from Discover Scuba Dives (Intro Dives) through to professional level PADI Divemaster, in small, friendly groups to guarantee personal attention.

Now a PADI 5 Star dive center - and Curacao's first PADI Green Star and 100% Project AWARE dive center - we're still rollin' the same way. And HEAPS of divers return to dive, learn and hang out, year after year, which is awesome :)

We’ve got everything you need for another great day of diving in Curacao (and making your friends, family and colleagues really jealous.)

E-Mail: doris@the-dive-bus.com
Web: http://www.the-dive-bus.com

Getting There

By Air

There are a number of airlines which service Curaçao, allowing travel any day of the week.

To / from North America

American Airlines
Website: www.aa.com

Jet Blue
Website: www.jetblue.com

Insel Air
Website: www.fly-inselair.com

Air Canada
Website: www.aircanada.com

Website: www.westjet.com

Sun Wing
Website: www.sunwing.ca/en/
To / from Europe

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Website: www.klm.com

Website: https://en.tuifly.com/

To / from Latin America

Website: www.avianca.com

Avior Airlines
Website: www.aviorairlines.com

Copa Airlines
Website: www.copaair.com

EZ Air
Website: www.fly-easyair.com

Insel Air
Website: www.fly-inselair.com

Surinam Airways
Website: www.flyslm.com

To / from Caribbean

Avior Airlines
Website: www.aviorairlines.com/

Divi Divi Air
Website: www.flydivi.com

Aserca Airlines

Insel Air
Website: www.fly-inselair.com

Surinam Airways
Website: www.flyslm.com

Tiara Air
Website: www.tiara-air.com

Entry Requirements

Generally tourists holding a passport may enter the Netherlands Antilles without a written permit and remain with us for a period of fourteen to thirty days. However, several nationalities (e.g. Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, India, Peru) are required to present a tourist visa to enter the Netherlands Antilles. A visa should be applied for at least one month in advance at any representation of the Netherlands (in the concerning country). US visitors require a passport to get back into the USA.

Tourists should be in possession of:
Valid passport
A return or outward ticket on arrival
Sufficient funds for accommodations and food
The necessary documents for returning to the country of origin, or further travel elsewhere

The following nationalities require a Visa to enter Curaçao:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbeidzjan;
Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso;
Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China/ except holders from Hong Kong
Hong-Kong SAR en BNO Flying document holders, Colombia, Comoro, Congo
Democratic Republic (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Cuba;
Djibouti, Dominican Republic;
Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia;
Fiji Island Philippines;
Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau;
India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ivory;
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz, Kiribati, Kuwait, Korea (North);
Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Latvia;
Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Marshall Islands, Mauritania,
Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldavia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar;
Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria;
Oman, East –Timor;
Pakistan, Palau, Palestine Authority, Papua New Guinea, Peru;
Russian Federation, Rwanda;
Salomon’s Islands, Samoa (West), Saudi-Arabia, Sao Tome en Principe, Senegal
Serbia en Montenegro (Yugoslavia), Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somali, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria;
Tadzjikistan, Taiwan (Republic of China), Tanzania, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu;
Uganda, Ukraine, United Arabian Emirates, Uzbekistan;
Vanuatu, Vietnam;
Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Helpful Travel Tips

Electricity is 110 - 130 volts/50 cycles, similar but not identical to the US standard. Most 60 cycle electrical appliances from the United States will function properly, although appliances that have internal time mechanisms will not keep the correct time and hairdryers and curling irons may overheat if used for too long. Dual voltage appliances from Europe and South America will need an adapter plug, readily available on the island. Although electrical current is generally reliable, consider using a surge regulator for sensitive electronic devices and computers. It's a good idea to charge underwater strobes and videos on the regulated systems at dive shops and photo centers.

Taxi's are easy to recognize by their signs and the TX on their registration plates. The prices are based for 1-4 people from 6 am-11pm. A fifth person costs 25% more. After 11pm there is 25% surcharge. Passengers should agree on a price for the journey with the driver first. There are taxi stands at the airport, hotels and Sha Caprileskade in Punda.

Rental Cars
Avis, Hertz, National, Budget and a number of local companies are available. There are a choice of models available and rates range from about $25. for a compact to $45. for a jeep.

Temperatures are warm throughout the year, so light, casual tropical wear is in order. Remember to protect yourself from sunburn. Most indoor establishments are air conditioned so if you chill easily, you may need a lightweight jacket or long sleeves. Some restaurants prohibit shorts or sandals; some casinos also require jackets for men. Overly revealing clothes and bathing suits are not appropriate, except on the beach. If you plan to walk in the countryside, wear sturdy shoes and long pants to protect your legs from the cacti.

Curacao distills water from the sea and it is excellent. No problems here.





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