Klein Curacao Snorkeling
The 11th most popular snorkel dive spot in Curacao.
Wednesday 23 January 2019 06:47 GMT
Southeast off Curacao, the snorkeling off Klein Curacao is known for rugged, volcanic shoreline. The Klein Curacao snorkeling dive site is located about a 1.5 hour boat ride 15 miles southeast of Curacao. There are boat charters and boat operators that make the run out to the uninhabited island. It is known for pristine waters with bony fish, sunfish, mola mola, sea turtles and occasionally a hammerhead shark. The water visibility can be up to 90 feet at times.
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, Klein Curacao is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 14 snorkeling dives in Curacao.