A lifelong dream for many, swimming with sea turtles is perfectly possible in Curacao, with many people booking a villa in Curacao for this reason alone. Diving under the waters surrounding the island is a magical experience, especially as you never know quite what you are going to find.
There are a range of sea turtles beneath the waves, from the smaller hawksbill to the famous logger head and even the huge green turtle, there is a chance you could spot them all. There is also a small chance that you will be able to see the leatherback turtle, although generally these prefer deeper waters. Sadly today, all sea turtles are an endangered species, and we as humans need to be very careful about how we interact with them.
The best place to spot sea turtles in Curacao is Playa Grandi and Klein Curacao, so if your Curacao accommodation is near to any of these spots, you are in luck.
Playa Grandi- The best time to visit Playa Grandi is between 12 and 4pm. It is where the local fishermen will come to gut their catch every day and keep their fishing boats moored. The ground is rocky and there won’t be a great deal of fish to see, but you will likely be rewarded with a sighting of some sea turtles.
Klein Curacao – This is a tiny satellite island off of the southeast coast, around a 2-hour boat ride away. Although it is quite a journey, it is where you have the very best chance of encountering turtles swimming just below the surface.
If you don’t fancy getting wet yourself, there is always the option of heading to the sea aquarium located in Willemstad. Here you can witness these gentle giants in the rescue and release station, and may even get a chance to feed one before heading back to your Caribbean villa.