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A Final Postcard from Curacao | Episode 16 | Dive Curaçao (Watch Video)

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Welcome to Episode 16 and the final Postcard from Curacao.

The virtual “Postcard from Curacao” series, that launched 16 weeks ago, was initially designed to transport you to a place where you would rather be and bring you a moment of joy, and tranquility to your day so you could dream of Curaçao, an island located in the HEART of the Dutch Caribbean.  The fact is, this series also became extremely important to our community, our island and, also for us personally.

As you may know, if you have been following the series, we have taken you to the BEST Beaches, visited the BEST hotels, dove with the BEST recommended dive operators and given you the opportunity to see, above and below the waterline, why Curaçao is consistently a world class dive and vacation destination.  But these experiences alone can also be said about so many other world class destinations too, such as our better-known sister Bonaire.

As true as the above statement is, as a community “Curaçao is clearly distinguishing ourselves from these other world class destinations by focusing on not only the blue factors but also highlighting the topside richness of our island where you can experience the essence of Curacao through the culture, language, music, and history.” says, Jeremiah Peek, General Manager of Ocean Encounters.

Jeremiah went on to say, “The fact is that Curaçao is one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean, if not the world, that offers everyone who visits something different because it bridges all the gaps, intrigues the senses and allows you the freedom to experience it, on your own terms.  I guess that is why we say that you need to dive in and feel it for yourself”.


Travel Tip:  Discover Punda Vibes every Thursday night in downtown Willemstad.  This interesting event has turned into weekly habit that has been making waves in Punda on Thursday nights. Punda Vibes has a simple goal: to make people from all walks of life fall in love with Curacao’s booming art scene, history, and culture.  It is a celebration of Punda’s booming art scene wherein the town showcases work from local artists.  Pop-up craft markets, live theater, and historic dancing is combined with music that fills the alleys and where you will find yourself dancing under the stars. Afterwards, a stunning fireworks display decorates the sky.

Do not forget to check out this incredible area and weekly event when you are planning your Curacao vacation so that you can immerse yourself into one of the most beautiful inner cities in the world that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


View or Replay your favorite “Postcard from Curacao” episode

  1. Premier Espisode – March 25th, 2020
  2. Caracasbaai – April 1st, 2020
  3. Cas Abao – April 8th, 2020
  4. Eastpoint – April 15th, 2020
  5. Santa Martha – April 22nd, 2020
  6. GO WEST Diving – April 29th, 2020
  7. LionsDive Beach Resort Curaçao and Ocean Encounters – May 6th, 2020
  8. The Dive Bus at Marie Pampoen – May 13th, 2020
  9. The Kenepa Plantation – May 20th, 2020
  10. Avila Beach Hotel – May 27th, 2020
  11. Blue Bay Beach – June 3rd, 2020
  12. Jan Thiel Bay – June 10th, 2020
  13. All West Apartments – June 17th, 2020
  14. Curaçao Sea Aquarium – June 24th, 2020
  15. Klein Curaçao – July 1st, 2020

At the very beginning we wrote, “It has been said that we should be patient in a storm and focus on the sunshine after.” But we all know that these “ground-hog days” during this global coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) are not easy but we chose to ignore the obvious challenges and focused on the task of providing you with these weekly reminders that quickly became reminders for us too.  Why, you may ask? Because, we have the opportunity every day here on Curaçao, to feel, to taste, to experience Curaçao but like most, the proverbial “forest always gets lost in the trees”.  By providing you these moments, we also reminded ourselves how fortunate we are to live on this coral rock we call home and the inherit need to protect it for future generations.

​Additionally, we must say that we are overwhelmed by the volume of positive feedback we received weekly from you.  PLEASE, do not stop!  It is one thing to develop and deliver content where the only indicators of its effectiveness are the numbers displayed on a screen.  But it is completely another thing when we hear from you personally via email or facebook messenger that our goal to provide “you a moment of joy, and tranquility to your day” was effective and appreciated, not to mention wanting to plan your next visit Curaçao as soon as you can!  WOW… THANK YOU for the overwhelming response and please continue sending us messages because we love hearing from you.

Although this maybe our official last postcard episode, we are planning a few encores plus we are already working on numerous concepts for several new series that will allow you to virtually be here in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean to Dive Curaçao.  If you have ideas, you are officially invited to share.

Thank you all and once again, we hope you have enjoyed this Postcard from Curaçao and we also hope to see you soon.  Please, do not forget to subscribe to our mailing list and to the Dive Curaçao YouTube Channel to be automatically notified.

Sincere Love from Curacao,

Bryan Horne, Dive Curacao

Tilo and Yvonne Kuhnast, Nature Pics Films


Videos produced and edited for Dive Curacao in cooperation with Nature Pics Films.

Bryan Horne wasn’t born in Curaçao; he’s a Canadian native, drawn to the Island “out of a passion for scuba diving and the underwater world.” Moving was always going to be a life-changing decision, but in diving, Bryan had found his calling. As the founder and owner of Dive Curaçao, he spends his days showing off Curaçao’s hidden undersea treasures – and does his part to preserve them for future generations.

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Protecting England’s Wreck Sites: Site Security Protocols Launched

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The security of heritage assets is of the utmost importance; a monetary value cannot be attached to the significance of a site or its associated artefacts. This statement is true for both on land and underwater sites.

The policing of underwater sites however, is often a trickier affair, with out-of-sight often equalling out-of-mind. Unfortunately, a site’s underwater location does not stop thieves from stealing or damaging artefacts.

To aid in the protection of our underwater cultural heritage, a selection of sites of historical, artistic and archaeological importance have been protected by law under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/what-is-designation/protected-wreck-sites/). Historic England manage these sites on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, Digital and Sport (DCMS), and a team of Licensees, effectively voluntary custodians, play a key role in their ongoing management.

The licensees work tirelessly on the wrecks and have had a special relationship with them since the very first days of the Protection of Wrecks Act. If it wasn’t for them, many of the sites would still be unknown and we would have very little knowledge of many of the existing sites. Their presence on the sites acts as a deterrent to anyone thinking of accessing the sites illegally and their monitoring ensures that the sites are understood and enjoyed by many people.

To further aid in the physical protection of these significant sites, Historic England funded a partnership project between the Protected Wreck Association (PWA https://protectedwrecks.org.uk/) and MSDS Marine (https://msdsmarine.com/). This national-level project has seen the development of Site Security Plans for protected wreck sites. The model developed is based on the highly successful model developed by Ron Howell and the SWMAG team who are Licensees for the Salcombe Cannon and Moor Sands protected wreck sites.

A Site Security Plan is the end result of a process which assesses how secure a site is from illegal access. By completing two very easy to use but highly specialised forms, the site is given:

  • Its own Site Security Champion
  • Its own Heritage Crime Officer in the Police
  • A level of risk of heritage crime occurring to enable appropriate response to be put in place and to allow targeting of resources
  • Quick win opportunities to decrease its level of risk
  • A protocol for the licensees to follow every time they access the site
  • Specialist guidelines to enable crime reporting to enforcement authorities
  • A toolkit consisting of: A High Vis vest, to help identify the Site Security Champion to the public / authorities and pocket-sized card, summarising guidance on reporting crimes.

The project team will be supporting Licensees and their teams in completing a Site Security Plan and Risk Assessment for each Protected Wreck Site. MSDS Marine will be contacting Licensees inviting them to book a slot to work through the process. Individual Licensees and teams can also follow the guidance to complete the documents on their own with MSDS Marine on hand to support as required.

The Site Security Forms are accessible on the Protected Wreck Association website, in the members only area https://protectedwrecks.org.uk/members-area/site-security/ . If you are not a member and would like to join, this is an excellent time, as its free!

Assessing the security of a wreck site will inform Historic England of any sites which are at a high risk of heritage crime, and aid them in the future management of these sites. It will assist Licensees in highlighting areas for concern and in turn offer positive actions that can be taken to reduce the threat. It is hoped that the scheme will help put practical measures in place to ensure that the sites are protected from illegal activity in future.

Alison James, Project Manager at MSDS Marine said: “I spent ten years working at Historic England managing England’s protected wreck sites and at times was incredibly frustrated by being unable to ‘police’ the sites. The model we have developed is based on the highly successful model developed by SWMAG which has been shown to work on a number of occasions. We hope this will make a real difference to the sites and the teams that work on them.”

Professor Mike Williams, Chair of the Protected Wreck Association said: “We are delighted and grateful that Historic England has funded this project. It will enable us to undertake valuable work to support our members, who are dedicated volunteers protecting our maritime heritage.”

Hefin Meara, Marine Archaeologist at Historic England said: “We are pleased to support this important project and recognise the enormous contribution that licensed volunteer divers are making to help protect England’s fascinating marine historic environment.”

For more information please visit www.ProtectedWrecks.org.uk , www.MSDSMarine.co.uk, and www.historicengland.org.uk.

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Seagrass Meadows (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a calming VR dive at one of the largest and densest seagrass meadow found along the Welsh coast, located at Porthdinllaen in North West Wales.

Seagrass meadows are important habitats as they provide a range of ecosystem services from carbon sequestration, production of Oxygen, coastal protection and act as a nursery area for many commercial fish species such as plaice and cod. Seagrass also help to improve water quality within the region as seagrass blades (leaves) help to trap particles within the water column, often making them great sites to dive in at due to increased visibility.


Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

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