Travel to Curaçao for Diving and More Fun

Curaçao is a Dutch island located about 40 miles from the Venezuelan coast. It’s well known as the “C” of the “ABC” Caribbean islands, followed by Aruba and Bonaire, and is a popular tourist destination thanks to its many amenities. As a tropical island with beautiful beaches and coral reefs rich in marine life, it’s no surprise that Curaçao is renowned for its incredible dive sites and underwater explorations. And the Caribbean island of Curaçao offers the experience of a lifetime for everyone to enjoy. From unique architecture and landscapes to the warm ocean water, Curaçao provides fun and relaxation for all. See why so many are flocking to this extraordinary Caribbean island, plan your next adventure, and experience diving in Curaçao! 

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Learn More About Curaçao    

If you’re planning a trip to Curaçao, then you may want to learn a bit more about the island. For instance, Curaçao should be pronounced as “cure-ah-souw” and the most common languages spoken here are Dutch, English, Portuguese, and Papiamentu. Most travelers aren’t aware of Curaçao’s Dutch background, but it shows dramatically throughout the island. Some other unique features you’ll notice while visiting Curaçao are the brightly colored buildings, which are iconic in colonial architecture, and the weather and water here are warm year-round. Also, Curaçao is mostly unaffected by the Caribbean’s hurricane season due to its prime location on the southern edge of the island’s hurricane belt. 

Curaçao is a paradise for the whole family thanks to the spectacular beaches, fine dining, shopping, street fairs/parties, and most importantly, it's diving opportunities. 

Curaçao Diving  

Diving in Curaçao is truly an experience you won’t want to miss. It’s known to have healthy, bright coral reefs full of unique marine life as well as sloping walls and historic shipwrecks ready for novice and expert divers to explore. Whether you’re an experienced diver or new to the ocean, Curaçao provides open waters perfect for beginners and advanced divers! And, you’ll also get to see wildlife such as sea turtles, eagle rays, sharks, eels and lionfish as well as some island natives like the yellow-spotted sand goby and the spotted four-fin blenny. Because the waters are warm year-round and there is a very low chance of a hurricane hitting this spot, Curaçao is commonly visited at all times of the year. 

Take a trip to this popular Caribbean island and check out some of the best Curaçao diving sites! This may also be the perfect time to upgrade your diving equipment with a powered, bionic monofin created by Amphi Americas. Check it out here today!

Creature Feature: The Queen Triggerfish

The Queen Triggerfish, also known by the scientific name Balistidae, is a native fish of tropical areas such as the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Gulf of Mexico. Although triggerfish are commonly described as being aggressive and mean, they are often captured and put into the aquarium trade due to their attractive appearance. Unfortunately, this has put Queen Triggerfish on the vulnerable species list and is now at a greater risk of becoming endangered. This fish species not only has a unique appearance but has many other qualities and abilities that make it a treasure for our oceans.

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Queen Triggerfish Features

The Queen Triggerfish is best known for its unique ability to lock themselves into small hiding spots with their spines to stay safe from predators. Their extraordinary spinal features allow them to lock into a tight space using their first spine. Once the second spine depresses, it acts as a “trigger” to unlock the first spine and allows the fish to swim free. This is also how the fish received the name “Queen Triggerfish.” 

As mentioned before, triggerfish are commonly sought after for their aesthetic appeal. Most Queen Triggerfish is triangularly shaped and are a yellow and green color with interesting lines circling the eye. Some triggerfish may also have blue or purple on their fins and in other areas, and have a fanned, indented tail shape. 

Queen Triggerfish Behavior and Habits

Queen Triggerfish are commonly known as being aggressive and often wreak havoc in the reef during feeding times. As bottom dwellers who dig out their prey to feed on, triggerfish have become adept at using their fins to move away debris to locate their prey. Then, they use their strong teeth and jaws to bite through tough, hard shells of crabs, shrimp, sea urchins, and clams. Other sea creatures that triggerfish will feed on are squid, worms, and krill. Because of how hostile and fierce the triggerfish can be with their prey, smaller fish often follow behind to pick up their leftovers!

Learn More with Amphi Americas

Amphi Americas is dedicated to advancing underwater technology and capabilities, not only for those who enjoy diving but also for the wildlife that lives in our oceans. If you are interested in learning more about our product or would like to gather more information about our training, vacations, and seminars, connect with Amphi Americas today!