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A Postcard from Curaçao | Episode 8 | Marie Pampoen, Curacao (Watch Video)



Eighth in a series of inspirational postcards from our friends at Dive Curacao.

Welcome to Episode 8 where we are visiting with The Dive Bus and diving their remarkable house reef located at Marie Pampoen to discover more about their “seriously fun” shore diving concept and their on-going commitment to Project AWARE.

Playa Marie Pampoen is a small beach located right next Sunscape Curacao Resort, Beach and Casino It is highly popular with locals because it is free and located near some large residential areas.  Most tourists come here for one reason though, diving!  This beach provides you with access to one of the top diving spots on Curacao which not only includes Pierbaai, The Dive Bus house reef, but also the unique Car Pile.

Pierbaai is a beautiful, lively, and healthy reef filled with lots of macro, a huge variety of corals and marine life which also makes it an excellent choice for night diving.  As the house reef of The Dive Bus and a Project AWARE Adopted Dive Site (ADS#88), they clear up trash on just about every dive they make and run regular dedicated monthly Adopt a Dive Site clean Up dives plus educate their divers by conducting PADI Dive Against Debris courses.

Mark Pinnell, the Managing Director of The Dive Bus and a PADI Ambassadiver says: “As dive professionals, the importance of reducing and minimizing our impact on the oceans and the reefs, isn’t “new” news for us…  As dive professionals, we have a unique opportunity – and responsibility – to positively influence the knowledge and behavior of our divers. This includes making and driving change by inspiring our divers to want to protect our oceans, by helping them understand our impact on our ocean, and how they can help to minimize their individual carbon footprint while maximizing fun.”

Mark went on to say: “It is astonishing how many recreational divers we meet who are unaware of this issue, its seriousness, their individual impact – and how easily they can make a positive difference, instantly. No matter how far away they live from the ocean.”

The Dive Bus, the first PADI Green Star and 100% AWARE Dive Operator on Curaçao has been working closely with Project AWARE to keep their house reef clean for the last 15 years.  This unwavering commitment is not only underlined in their Eco-Policies, but it has become a core value of their operation that mandates respect, protection, and a rare generosity to influence their local community.

Travel Tip:  for those of you wanting to spend several days or more exploring the great reef diving accessible from shore, ask about their DRIVE and DIVE Packages to enhance your whole Curaçao vacation experience.

Speaking of driving and diving, you need to check out the strangest wreck diving site around Curaçao, the Car Pile According to Cathy Salisbury who wrote the book DreamWrecks, “If you’ve ever dreamed of simultaneously diving and driving, this is the place for you.”

Mountains of cars have been dumped in one spot to make an artificial and very original reef. It is like diving in the middle of a large car crash without any casualties—the fish manage to swim themselves to freedom. If you are a vintage car collector, do not miss this dive. You might find that part you spent years looking for, such as a radiator cap for your old Mercedes.  Car Pile sits in the middle between Oswaldo’s Drop Off to the east and Pierbaai to the west.  It is possibly the most unusual traffic jam you are ever likely to see. Cars and trucks dating back to the 1940’s is piled on the wall and are hugely popular with larger pelagic fish and home to a large variety of sponges.

Long story made short, Mark and Suzy Pinnell’s tiny little dive operation, The Dive Bus Curacao, that hit the road in early 2005, with a particular and simple concept of “Seriously fun shore-diving adventures” is truly a Curaçao dive industry innovator that is focused on providing value and quality with fun shore diving, in small, friendly relaxed groups, with a strong focus on taking care of Curacao’s reefs.

Tune in for Episode 9 where will be taking you on an aerial tour to visit a few of the most exquisite beaches and hidden treasures around Curaçao.

We hope you have enjoyed this Postcard from Curaçao and we also hope to see you soon.  Don’t 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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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Common Spider Crab (Watch Video)



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 VR dive just off the shore and explore what can be found within the shallow waters of a sandy beach. Fish can be founding cruising amongst the seaweed and numerous crustacean (Crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimps) species can be found walking around the seafloor. Common Spider Crabs (Maja brachydactyla) are one of the largest crabs species found along the coast and during the early summer, they aggregate in large numbers to moult which allows them to grow.

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

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Join Me On My Commute To Scuba Diving Key Largo! (Watch Video)



Sunrise was so beautiful the other morning, I wanted to take a time lapse of my drive from home in South Miami to Key Largo before morning dives with Horizon Divers.

I thought you might enjoy taking the ride with me! Silly I know! But here’s 2 minutes of chill!



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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

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