Most people probably recognize Curacao as a sweet blue elixir that adds a citrus splash to tropical cocktails everywhere, but there’s much more to this island nation than its libations. Located off the northwestern coast of Venezuela, Curacao is the type of place one dreams about living out the rest of their days: year-round temperatures in the 80F range, situated outside the hurricane belt, and home to a thriving and popular dive culture.
The vibrant and colorful reefs can be reached without a boat here, and the seafloor drops out just a few hundred miles from shore, what is locally known as the “blue edge.” Most of Curacao’s dive sites are located on the southern side of the island where calmer waters prevail, as rough currents and rocky shoreline make diving treacherous on its northern side. But as you’ll see in this video, the biodiversity found here is brilliant, and would be a great place for new divers to get a good, close look at the abundance of marine life in the sea.
As a side note, this particular reef is called Alice in Wonderland — we definitely see where the comparisons are drawn!
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