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Curacao Underwater Park, Jan Thiel Bay

Listed under Snorkelling in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles.

  • Photo of Curacao Underwater Park,  Jan Thiel Bay
  • Photo of Curacao Underwater Park,  Jan Thiel Bay
Photo of Curacao Underwater Park,  Jan Thiel Bay
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Curaçao’s southern shore is a line of almost pristine tropical beach separated by interesting and beautiful rock formations where much marine life shelters. The waters here are very clear and still, ideal for beginners and people with kids. At Jan Thiel Bay there is only a narrow strip of sand which means it attracts less sunbathers and a wide reef lagoon. The waters is kept clear by the reef and there is a nice wide arch to explore. The Underwater Park itself covers 12 miles of clear water, excellent visibility coastline and has a beautiful sponge and soft coral forest running for tens of acres of reef and bays and inhabited by all manner of interesting creatures. More than 30 species of hard corals and two shallow wrecks also fall under the park’s perimeter and just on the edges are some spectacular walls to explore.

Written by  Becky White.

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Beaches with no fees

Which beaches can you snorkel right off for no fee please?

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Any of the 'natural' beaches - the ones not owned by hotels.

Getting to the park

Is there public transportation to the park? Is there an entrance fee?

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The park covers around a third of the waters off the south of the island, so it's a pretty large area. There are some beaches you can snorkel right off for no fee, but if you want to go diving you're going to need to pay someone to take you out, and they'll arrange the payment and permissions.

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