May 20, 2023 -
 May 27, 2023

Curacao

Lionfish Hunt

 

Where we are diving

Just off the coast of Venezuela lies Curacao, a top destination for every level of diver. As the largest of the ABC (Aruba and Bonaire) Islands, Curacao has some of the most diverse reefs in the Caribbean. Scuba Diving Magazine has recognized it as a”Best Overall Caribbean Dive Destination”, and for a good reason. Curacao has over 70 different dive sites to choose from, and divers can enjoy unlimited shore diving. There is always something new to explore in Curacao. And keep your eyes peeled for macro creatures like frogfish, Christmas-tree worms, and flamingo tongue cowries.

We will be diving with Ocean Encounters Curacao. They are Curacao’s premier dive shop that helps make your dive dreams a reality. They know all the best dive sites including Tugboat, Barracuda Point, Booby Trap and Diver’s Leap. Boat diving is their specialty! As you make your giant stride in, you’ll be greeted by vibrant corals and colorful fish.

Another reason divers clamor to Curacao is because the island believes in diving for a purpose. Reef Renewal Curacao is an initiative dedicated to improving coral restoration techniques and innovations. This organization is sponsored by Ocean Encounters Curacao which believes in education, setting an example and making a change. Just like Diventures, they are using their passion and the power of water to impact lives, change the world and also have fun doing it.

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Trip Leader

Melissa Langridge, Advanced Open Water Instructor

Melissa has always loved the water and all the marine life that call it home. She became certified in 2017 and became an instructor in 2019. She loves to teach in the pool, lakes, quarries and oceans. She can teach 24 specialties, so if there is a specialty anyone would like to become certified in please let us know! It makes Melissa happy to see students grow into comfortable divers. She has been fortunate to have gone diving in Belize, Bonaire, Cozumel and Hawaii to name a few. While in Belize she spent two weeks on an island learning about reef conservation. This has become another love of hers. Because of this new love, Melissa wanted to lead a trip where divers can learn about reef conservation and can join in on spearing the invasive lionfish. “Let’s save the reefs together!”

Top reasons you should travel with us to Curacao! 

1. Marine life- You’ll be able to spot lots of fish, turtles and macro creatures.

2. Delicious cuisine- Sunscape Resort has six different restaurants to choose from. From fresh seafood to Italian to Asian dishes, you’ll be able to satisfy all your tastebuds.

3. All inclusive- Not only are all meals and beverages included, but you’ll also have the opportunity to relax by one of the resort’s four pools, enjoy late-night entertainment, and play almost every outdoor game you can think of.

4. Sustainable tourism- Curacao knows how important it is to preserve our natural resources. You can enjoy the vibrant coral and blue waters knowing it will be protected for future generations.

5. Willemstad– Curacao’s capital has been designated as a UNESCO Heritage site for its colorful colonial architecture. Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge and Punda are two must-sees.

Resort Details

 

Where we are staying

Memories created at Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino last a lifetime. This all-inclusive resort features six restaurants, seven bars and lounges, and four swimming pools.

The resort’s comfortable rooms and suites will make you feel right at home. And you’ll be mesmerized by the ocean views and activities for every age, interest or passion.

Whether you want to relax after a day of diving or run until the late night, Sunscape has it all. Show off your skills on a stand-up paddleboard or grab your snorkel and step right up to the water. Try your luck at the casino or sip cocktails at the pool bar. Shopping and sightseeing more your speed? Take a shuttle into downtown Willemstad for the opportunity to sightsee!

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Learn more about the accommodations from the resort website.

Trip Details

 

Price

Ground only:

  • Double diver: $2,570
  • Double non-diver: $1,920
  • Single diver: $3,250
  • Single non-diver: $2,610

Deposit and payments

  • 1st deposit: $500 due upon sign up
  • 2nd deposit: $750 due December 1, 2022
  • Full balance: due April 1, 2023
  • Pre-trip meeting: April 30, 2023

Other info

  • Prices are based upon double occupancy
  • All payments are non-refundable
  • Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control

What’s included

  • 7 nights at Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino
  • All meals & beverages (including alcohol)
  • 10 boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Lionfish hunting on all dives
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes
  • Trip t-shirt

What’s not included

Recommended courses

  • Deep Diving
  • Nitrox

Recommended equipment

  • SeaDragon 900 light
  • 6′ Diventures SMB

What prior travelers say

“We LOVED it! Great resort with great food and service, great trip leaders who were helpful with anything we needed, great dive masters and great dives. I have no complaints, from the ease of Diventures handling all the arrangements, to their service on the trip, all outstanding.”

-Andrea Smithee

Know Before
You Go

Electricity – Curacao standard current outlets provide 110-130 volt at 50 Hz. The standard plug type is a two-pin ‘Type A’ power plug as used in the US. Some devices are designed to operate at both 110V and 220V, but please check in advance. It is wise to bring a plug adaptor for other plug types, but they can also be bought on the island. Some hotels and apartments do have 220V outlets. These outlets are easily identified as they. require the standard European plug.  

Money – The US dollar is accepted everywhere.

Temperature – Air temperature usually varies between 75ºF-85ºF. Water temperature. is around 81ºF with around 75 ft.-100 ft. visibility.

Passport – Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.

Language – The official languages in Curacao are Dutch, Papiamentu and English, but of those, Papiamentu is used the most on local TV shows, in parliament and on the street.

Dress Code – Dressing casual in Curacao is okay. Curacao does not get too hung up on formalities. The island encourages tourists to dress as comfortably as possible for warm weather. Flips flops and sunglasses are practically the dress code on Curacao.

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