Diving the Go West House Reef
There’s no better way to start your visit to Curacao than with a welcome dive on our fantastic house reef, Alice in Wonderland. Rated one of the top dive sites in Curacao, the reef is a short 100 feet straight out from the pier.
Either direction offers a varied dive experience. Look for a concrete hand at 10’ about 50 yards right of pier and don’t forget to say hello to Donatello the house turtle. A reference rope runs from the end of the pier down to the coral reef and beyond 100’. Green morays, lobsters, lettuce sea slugs and sharp tail eels also make their home here. This is a great time to make any time of the day or night – not just for a check out dive!
If you have a dive buddy, you may dive with your buddy. If not, you will be able to join a guided Welcome dive. These dives are for your safety and do not include any skill assessments!
The welcome dives can be used to:
- Test your equipment
- Adjust your weights and bupyancy
- Get acquainted with the Curacao diving environment
- Enjoy your boat diving or independent shore diving in a more relaxed frame of mind!
Based on the date of your last dive and total number of dives, we might request you take a short refresher course.
Shore Diving on Curacao’s Leeward Coast
Curacao diving is similar to next-door neighbor Bonaire in terms of the number of shore dive sites and marine life, but it also offers some features Bonaire does not.
For one, most of our shore diving is conducted from sandy beaches in small, secluded inlets. The easy-footing sandy entries mean the reef is a bit further out than on Bonaire, but the surface swims. Exists – absent any slippery rocks – are equally easy at the end of the dive.
Another great plus is that many (but not all) of the beach parking lots have security guards on duty.
Playa Piskado – Playa Grandi
Shore diving (or snorkeling) from this tiny fishermen’s beach, located half way between Go West Diving and All West Apartments, is a must if you want a guaranteed turtle sighting. Or sightings – as they are abundant here, feeding off the fish scraps tossed into the water by the local fisherman.
(Video Courtesy of Peter Peart)