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Announcing Dive Curaçao Week 2025: A Celebration of Underwater Exploration, Cultural Immersion, and Sustainable Tourism




Calling all dive enthusiasts and adventure seekers! Mark your calendars for Dive Curaçao Week 2025, set to take place at LionsDive Beach Resort from April 12th to April 19th, 2025. In collaboration with Ocean Encounters, Dive Curaçao Week 2025 promises an unforgettable diving vacation experience led by Bryan Horne, Managing Director of Dive Curaçao, and David Leander, a 36-year veteran of Curaçao dive tourism.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs of Curaçao’s crystal-clear waters alongside expert guides. But Dive Curaçao Week 2025 is more than just diving; it’s a total immersion into the island’s rich culture and dedication to sustainable dive tourism.

Bryan Horne, Founder, and Managing Director of Dive Curaçao, stated, “Dive Curaçao Week 2025 is not just about exploring the breathtaking underwater landscapes of Curaçao; it’s a collective effort to intertwine adventure, culture, and sustainability. Our goal is to create a dive vacation experience that goes beyond the ordinary, where participants become stewards of the ocean, contributing to its preservation. This week will be a celebration of our commitment to responsible dive tourism in Curaçao. It will also be a unique opportunity for divers to connect with the heart and soul of Curaçao.”

LionsDive Beach Resort: Host Resort for Dive Curaçao Week 2024

LionsDive Beach Resort, the host dive resort for Dive Curaçao Week 2025, offers an unparalleled experience for diving enthusiasts. With a range of accommodations from luxurious suites to cozy rooms, guests can enjoy comfort with a touch of Caribbean charm.

The resort boasts four on-site restaurants serving delectable cuisine, catering to every palate. Its private beach provides a serene escape, while its proximity to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium and Mambo Beach Boulevard offers endless entertainment options.

What sets LionsDive apart is its dedication to eco-friendly practices, showcasing leadership in sustainable tourism. From harnessing solar energy to efficient recycling programs and mindful water consumption, the resort exemplifies responsible hospitality.

Welcome Happy Hour, Group BBQ, and Daily Breakfast

To kick it off, Dive Curaçao Week 2025 will commence with a vibrant welcome happy hour and conclude with a grand Group BBQ. Participants will also enjoy daily buffet breakfasts at Hemingways Beach Bar and Restaurant, providing ample energy for the day’s diving adventures. 

Experience Total Immersion with Ocean Encounters in Curaçao

Participants will enjoy five days of thrilling 2-tank AM boat dives and unlimited air for shore diving with Ocean Encounters. Expert guides will tailor dives to suit all skill levels, ensuring an inclusive and unforgettable adventure for everyone involved.

Supporting Eco-Dive Tourism with Reef Renewal Curaçao

Dive Curaçao Week 2025 embraces sustainable dive tourism with a focus on supporting eco-dive initiatives like Reef Renewal Curaçao. Participants will engage in coral restoration courses and dives, actively contributing to the preservation of the local marine environment.

Lionfish Scuba Dive Experience

A unique event added to Dive Curaçao Week 2025 is The Lionfish Scuba Dive Experience, where participants will learn to safely hunt lionfish, an invasive species threatening Curaçao’s reefs. This initiative, sponsored by Dive Travel Curaçao, underscores the commitment to marine conservation.

Cultural Tourism Experience in Curaçao

Participants will also enjoy cultural exploration, including a breathtaking Sunset Cruise to Downtown Willemstad and an optional guided cultural experience at Punda Vibes, showcasing Curaçao’s rich heritage and creative spirit.

Welcome Dry Bag Sponsors and Limited Spaces Available

All participants will receive a special welcome Scubapro dry bag filled with dive goodies courtesy of the event sponsors: Dive Curaçao, LionsDive Beach Resort, Ocean Encounters, Stream2Sea Body Care products, Scubapro Curaçao, and Dive Travel Curaçao. With limited spaces available, early booking is essential.

Book Early and Save

Early reservations with a deposit made by August 31st, 2024, qualify for a 10% early bird discount, ensuring participation in this exclusive dive and cultural tourism experience.

Contact Dive Travel Curaçao

Ready to make a splash for Dive Curaçao Week 2025? Contact the reservations team at Dive Travel Curaçao for more details and to secure your spot at this once-in-a-lifetime event.


The Ocean Cleanup to Complete 100th Extraction Live from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch



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  • The Ocean Cleanup marks 100th extraction of plastic pollution from the Pacific Ocean by livestreaming entire cleaning operation from start to finish.
  • Occasion brings together supporters, partners, donors and followers as the project readies its cleanup technology for scale-up.
  • Founder and CEO Boyan Slat to provide insight on the plans ahead.

The Ocean Cleanup is set to reach a milestone of 100 plastic extractions from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Extraction #100, scheduled for 28 or 29 May 2024, will be the first ever to be livestreamed direct from the Pacific Ocean, allowing supporters and partners around the world to see up close how the organization has removed over 385,000 kilograms (nearly 850,000 lbs) of plastic from the GPGP so far – more than double the bare weight of the Statue of Liberty.

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The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to rid the oceans of plastic. To do this, the non-profit project employs a dual strategy: cleaning up legacy floating plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (the world’s largest accumulation of floating plastic), while stopping the flow of plastic from the world’s most polluting rivers.

The Ocean Cleanup captured its first plastic (the first ‘extraction’) in the GPGP in 2019 with System 001, following years of trials and testing with a variety of concepts. Through System 002 and now the larger and more efficient System 03, the organization has consistently improved and optimized operations, and is now preparing to extract plastic trash from the GPGP for the 100th time.

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Extraction #100 will be an interactive broadcast showing the entire extraction procedure live and in detail, with insight provided by representatives from across The Ocean Cleanup and partners contributing to the operations.

This is an important milestone in a key year for The Ocean Cleanup.’ said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. ‘We’ve come a long way since our first extraction in 2019. During the 2024 season, with System 03, we aim to demonstrate that we are ready to scale up, and with it, confine the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the history books.

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The livestream will be hosted on The Ocean Cleanup’s YouTube channel and via X. Monitor @theoceancleanup for confirmed timings.

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Book Review: Plankton



Plankton: A Worldwide Guide by Tom Jackson and Jennifer Parker

This is a book that jumps off the shelf at you. The striking front cover demands that you pick it up and delve further, even if you may not have known you wanted to learn more about the most diminutive life in our ocean, plankton!

Small it might be. Much of the imagery in the book has been taken under huge magnification. Revealing stunning beauty and diversity in each scoop of “soup”. There is lots to learn. Initial chapters include interesting facts about the different vertical zones they inhabit, from sunlight to midnight (the darkest and deepest areas). I loved finding out more about the stunning show that divers oft encounter on night dives – bioluminescence.

The black water images are wonderful. So this is a book you can have as a coffee table book to dip in and our of. But, these tiny organisms are also vital to our very survival and that of all the marine life we love. They provide half the oxygen produced on our planet. They are also responsible for regulating the planets climate. And for a shark lover like me – they are food for charismatic sharks and rays like the Basking Shark and Manta Ray, along with a huge number of other species. This book contains great insight into their biology, life cycles, migration, and how the changes in currents and sea temperatures affects them.

This is a book that is both beautiful and packed with information about possibly the most important group of organisms on our planet. Anyone interested in the ocean should have it one their shelves.

What the publisher says:

Plankton are the unsung heroes of planet Earth. Passive drifters through the world’s seas, oceans, and freshwater environments, most are invisible or very small, but some are longer than a whale. They are the global ocean’s foundation food, supporting almost all oceanic life, and they are also vitally important for land-based plants, animals, and other organisms. Plankton provides an incomparable look at these remarkable creatures, opening a window on the elegance and grace of microscopic marine life.

This engaging book reveals the amazing diversity of plankton, how they belong to a wide range of living groups, and how their ecology, lifestyles, and adaptations have evolved to suit an enormous range of conditions. It looks at plankton life cycles, the different ways plankton feed and grow, and the vast range of strategies they use for reproduction. It tracks where, how, and why plankton drift through the water; shares perspectives on migrations and population explosions or “blooms” and why they happen; and discusses the life-sustaining role of plankton in numerous intertwined food webs throughout the world.

Beautifully illustrated, Plankton sheds critical light on how global warming, pollution, diminishing resources, and overexploitation will adversely impact planktonic life, and how these effects will reverberate to every corner of our planet.

About the Authors:

Tom Jackson is a science writer whose many popular books include Strange Animals and Genetics in MinutesJennifer Parker is a zoology and conservation writer and the author of several books. Andrew Hirst is a leading expert on plankton whose research has taken him around the world, from the Antarctic to Greenland and the Great Barrier Reef.

Book Details

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Price: £25

ISBN: 9780691255996

Published: 9th April, 2024

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