Once upon a time, years ago, a mishap with an anchor sunk a 9 meter long Tugboat just off the cliffs at Caracas bay and the rest is history. Nowadays this wreck is known as the most popular diving and snorkeling spot in Curacao.
Just a few meters below surface, snorkelers can enjoy this site as much as scuba divers. Fish, eel, octopus, coral and other sea creatures have made this Tugboat their home and it’s a spectacle to behold. The reef is at a steep face with different kinds of soft and hard corals like branching vase sponge, basket sponge, alcyonacea (gorgonian fan) and sea anemone. Furthermore, you see many flamingo tongue, porcupinefish, balloon fish, (juvenile) spotted ribbonfish and big parrot fish all on and around the wreck. You also have the chance to see some green sea turtles and seahorses. And the possibility to dive under the pier, which is very colorful.
For scuba divers, we start our dive over the reef, along the steep walls to around 16 to 18 meters, or deeper if the group allows. When we turn around we will take the shallow part of the reef, where we’ll find the Tugboat at around 5 meters and do our safety stop, before heading to shore.