Guide to the Best Curacao Snorkeling Spots

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by Kristin Young | Updated On: July 2, 2020 | Curacao

Curacao is part of the ABC islands along with Aruba and Bonaire, located is the southern Caribbean just off the coast of South America.  One of the best Curacao snorkeling features is the accessibility to the reef from some amazing beaches.  Not only can you relax and enjoy the view, but the easy beach entry makes the snorkeling accessible, even for beginner snorkelers.

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The best snorkeling spots on the main island of Curacao dot all along the West coast, but the little island of Klein Curacao is definitely worth the day trip!

Klein Curacao Snorkeling with Turtle and Fish

You won’t find more of an absolute beach paradise than Klein Curacao, and with the great reef just off the beach, there are plenty of snorkeling spots to explore.

You will need a boat, and a full day to enjoy this tiny uninhabited island off the coast of Curacao, but it is well worth the effort.  The water is calm, crystal clear, and there’s a decent chance you will get to share the water with some sea turtles.  If you need a break from the water, take a stroll around the island and explore the abandoned lighthouse or see the remains of shipwrecks that have washed ashore.

Klein Curacao Lighthouse

To get to this beautiful island, you’ll probably need to take a tour.  There are several options leaving from Willemstad, but make sure your tour includes lunch, as Klein Curacao is uninhabited and there are no shops or restaurants.  These are our favorite options for tours:

SABA/ TUGBOAT

Tugboat Snorkeling Curacao

Photo Credit:  Falco Ermert

The sunken tugboat is easily accessible from the beach and rests in shallow water making it an ideal and interesting addition to your Curacao snorkeling itinerary.

Photo Credit:  Falco Ermert

Photo Credit:  Falco Ermert

WESTPUNT

Westpunt Curacao

Playa Piscado

Woman snorkeling with ball of fish- Westpunt Curacao

Local fishermen clean their catch just off the shores of Playa Piskado bringing in plenty of sea life.  Sea turtles and many species of bright tropical fish can be seen in the waters just off shore.

Playa Forti

Playa Forti, adjacent to Playa Piskado, is a great place to see sea turtles.

Playa Kalki

Playa Kalki hosts the popular dive destination known as Alice in Wonderland.  Even though you cannot explore the coral reef drop off with only a snorkel, there’s still plenty to see from the surface.  The unique corals are the highlight of this location.

PLAYA LAGUN

Playa Lagun, Curacao from cliffs

Playa Lagun is a well protected, calm, and clear cove that is great for beginners as well as experienced snorkelers.  The swim to the reef is a bit far, but along the way, there will be plenty of fish, turtles, eels, and even possibly an octopus to see.

GROTE KNIP & KLEIN KNIP

Playa Kenepa, Curacao

These two beautiful beaches each offer something a bit different.

BLUE BAY BEACH RESORT

Blue Bay Beach Resort, Curacao Drone Shot

Nearly all of the beaches on this list will require driving, but the beach at Blue Bay Beach Resort is right on the resort property with a wide variety of fish and a decent coral reef.

THE BLUE ROOM

boat and snorkelers in the blue room, Curacao

The Blue Room is a unique snorkel spot for sure!  Getting there can be a bit of a task, so if you aren’t prepared for a hike and a decent swim, go on a tour.  However, the Blue Room can easily be seen on your own by hiking from Playa Santa Cruz and jumping off the rocks into the water(it’s not a high jump) and explore the cave.

Getting back, you have two options.  Either climb up the rocks to get out, which is not incredibly difficult, but will require a bit of athletic ability.  The rocks can be a bit sharp too.  Or, snorkel your way out of the cave and along the shore back to the black sand beach at Santu Pretu.  From there, it’s just a short hike back to Playa Santa Cruz.

Other Curacao Snorkeling Spots to Consider

Cas Abou

Porto Mari

Playa Jeremi

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Hi!  We’re Kristin & Andrew, lovers of everything tropical.  We spend as much time as possible searching for the best beaches, snorkeling, hiking, and fun in the sun!