5 years later we decided to go back to Curacao. Strange how one gets fed up with the best Maldivian or Red Sea reefs! We knew from our former visit that Curacao is not the top or very good reef snorkeling destination but anyway...for a change. Good priced Air Berlin, v.good aircraft flight... So we booked Marazul Dive Resort for 3 weeks, Jan 17-Feb7.
But the Reef was almost gone! We extensively snorkeled and free dived up to 10 m, almost every beach from Porto Marie to Kalki, for hours. There were only some corals left, the coral variety was poorer then before,many species missing, heavy bleaching, and consequently the fish variety was poor too.It looked like, in some places, that heavy waves passed over the reef, leaving heaps of broken coral, overgrowing with brown algae. Anyway, there are some beauty patches still resisting, mostly left hand walls and parts of the reef on the beaches - Porto Marie and Kas Abao, (Kalki, better center and right hand). The visibility was average to poor. If nothing else the sea was fantastic for hour long swimming.
The restaurants in the area were absolutely overpriced compared to Mediteranean sea standards, with very average (poor) food.You don`t expect to pay 100% more in the third world country, especially for sea food.Local food, creole cuisine was almost non existent, no fantasy. Seem that the tourist- Dutch, etc clientele was more satisfied with Holland junk food, especially one served on the beaches. Even the small creole restaurant , where we ate 5 years ago, was closed at Kas Abao . A 5x5 cm, awful hamburger cost almost 5 euro.The Dutch krokets.,etc, was the rule.
The supermarkets, far away from Westpunt, had excellent papayas. avocados and mangoes and melons. The vegetables, like tomatoes, were awful ,they started to rot in the fridge after two days.Fish choice- three type of fish, two of shrimps and one of clams (New Zealand). One was crying, remembering the choice one has in the supermarkets on the French Antilles.
And to think that Latin America, with all the sea food and vegetables choice is only 30 miles away!
So, the highlights:
Marazul Dive Resort- very good , quiet, thanks to Tommi and Uli and special thanks to Dorothy Owen!
The local, fair priced restaurant at Boka Tabla- Shete Bokas- absolutely best Krioyo (creole) food, open only Saturdays and Sundays lunch time, a must (try the iguana stew,something between a rabbit and a chicken)
Swimming for hours
Some beauty spots on the reefs
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