Dive Site: Snake Cove, Curacao

The sights at Snake Cove, Curacao were more than enough to make this dive worth the extra swimming effort.

Snake Cove, Curacao

Curacao, formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles, holds many surprises. Maybe Snake Cove, one of the island’s best dive sites, was named for all the eels you find here, or perhaps the sometimes hateful, meandering currents, which can be pretty strong at times. The deep coral and sponge-covered wall turns a sharp corner about halfway through the dive, and it’s here that divers may find themselves swimming headlong into a strong current. Once you manage around the corner, the currents often ease up, allowing divers to relax once more.

We did see a lot of moray and spotted eels at Snake Cove, but just the sight of the massive wall itself — every inch of it smothered with corals and sponges — was more than enough to make this dive worth the extra swimming effort, even if the plentiful schools of fish made it look easy.

Pay attention to the dive briefing here, as the divemasters will give you valuable information on what to expect, and explicit instructions on what to do if you’re unable to swim against the current.