Playa Kalki Snorkeling
The 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot in Curacao.
Thursday 14 July 2016 06:23 GMT
South of Westpunt on the northwest side of the island of Curacao, the snorkeling at Playa Kalki beach is known for spotting mushroom shaped coral formations, eels, blue tangs, barracuda, parrotfish and sea turtles. The dive site is located 0.5 miles northwest of Westpunt.
To reach the main snorkeling reef at Playa Kalki, start snorkeling off Playa Kalki from the end of the boat dock to the reef which comes up to 25 feet deep nearby.
Before snorkelen off Curacao, it is important to remember that there have been two recent (relative to coral growth rates) storms. In 1999, Hurricane Lenny passed near the island resulting in the first big waves in over 100 years. This wave action over a 24 hour period had a severe effect on the shallow water corals on west-facing coastlines. There was significant toppling of the massive coral colonies, along with bleaching and smothering. Similarly, in 2008, Tropical Storm Omar passed near the island producing heavy wave action along west-facing coastlines. The effects of these storm, along with occasional bleaching events, have left many of the snorkeling dive sites not appearing as they had in past photos nor seeming as described in the brief locally printed snorkeling dive descriptions, which tend to be older. While snorkeling off Curacao, you'll occasionally encounter some large, older coral formation remnamnts that give clues to the size of the past reefs. And, you may notice some small new growth occuring along the sand flats where new coral is taking hold in the cemented coral rubble, especially quick growing fire coral. Overall, there are 57 coral species providing habitat for over 500 fish species.
Overall, Playa Kalki is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 14 snorkeling dives in Curacao.