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 Curaçao

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Curaçao is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea off the west coast of Venezuela. The island is the largest and most populous of the three so-called ABC islands (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) of the Lesser Antilles and belongs to the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao's capital is Willemstad.

Curaçao is renowned for its coral reefs which make it an excellent spot for scuba diving. The beaches on the south side contain many popular diving spots. An unusual feature of Curaçao diving is that the sea floor drops off steeply within a few hundred feet of the shore, and the reef can easily be reached without a boat. This drop-off is locally known as the "blue edge." Strong currents and lack of beaches make the rocky northern coast dangerous for swimming and diving, but experienced divers sometimes dive there from boats when conditions permit. The southern coast is very different and offers remarkably calm waters. The coastline of Curaçao features many bays and inlets, many of them suitable for mooring.

Some of the coral reefs have been affected by tourism. Porto Marie beach is experimenting with artificial coral reefs in order to improve the reef's condition. Hundreds of artificial coral blocks that have been placed are now home to a large array of tropical fish.

Localisation: Caribbean; Part of the Netherlands Antilles.
Coordonnées géographiques: 12° 9' N, 68° 27' W
Côte: km
Climat: tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds
Relief: generally hilly, volcanic interiors
Sommets: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m
Risques naturels: Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October
Monnaie: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Population: 133,644
Langues: Papiamento 65.4% (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect), English 15.9% (widely spoken), Dutch 7.3% (official), Spanish 6.1%, Creole 1.6%, other 1.9%, unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
Capitale: Willemstad
Découpage administratif: part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Airplane Wreck 2 / -
23 m 70 m CMAS * / OW
Alice in Wonderland 9 / -
15 m 30 m Tous niveaux
Awa Blanku - / -
25 m 30.5 m CMAS * / OW
Beyond the Tunnel of Doom - / -
20 m 30.5 m CMAS ** / AOW
Blue Bay 1 / -
18 m 60 m Tous niveaux
Bullenbaai - / -
15 m 17 m CMAS * / OW
Car Pile 4 / -
25 m 27.9 m CMAS ** / AOW
Caracas Bay - / -
15.2 m 49.4 m CMAS *** / Rescue
Cas Abou (Lower House) 7 / -
10 m 20 m Tous niveaux
Daaibooibaai 8 / -
10 m 20 m Tous niveaux
Dark Wall - / -
20 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Directors Bay 2 / -
25.9 m 30.8 m Tous niveaux
Grote Knip (Playa Abou) - / -
7 m 10 m Tous niveaux
Habitat Curacao Housereef 1 / -
15 m 19.2 m Tous niveaux
Hamrak - / -
18 m 25 m CMAS ** / AOW
Jan Thiel Baai 3 / -
15 m 30 m Tous niveaux
Kenepa 3 / -
12 m 25 m Tous niveaux
Klein - Southern point - / -
20 m 60 m CMAS * / OW
Klein - The north point - / -
20 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Kontiki Beach - / -
16.8 m 39.6 m CMAS * / OW
Lions Dive Housereef 3 / -
10 m 60 m Tous niveaux
Marie Pampoen 1 / - 10 m 10 m
Off the Road - / -
20 m 40 m CMAS ** / AOW
Oswaldo's Drop-off - / -
6.1 m 12.2 m CMAS * / OW
Pietermaai - / -
15 m 40 m Tous niveaux
Playa Jeremi - / -
10 m 15 m Tous niveaux
Playa Kanoa - / -
18 m 30 m CMAS * / OW
Playa Lagun 5 / -
10 m 35 m Tous niveaux
Playa Largu - / -
10 m 20 m Tous niveaux
Playa Manzalina - / -
10 m 20 m Tous niveaux
Point Halfway - / -
18.3 m 24.4 m Tous niveaux
Port Marie 13 / -
20 m 25 m CMAS ** / AOW
Sandy's Plateau - / -
15.2 m 18.3 m Tous niveaux
Snake Bay 9 / -
20 m m Tous niveaux
Sponge Forest 3 / -
15 m 30 m Tous niveaux
Superior Producer 12 / -
28 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Tarpon Bridge 1 / -
20 m 40 m CMAS * / OW
The Pipe - / -
20 m 30.5 m CMAS ** / AOW
Tugboat 6 / -
15 m 30 m Tous niveaux
Tugboat Wreck 4 / -
4.6 m 6.1 m Tous niveaux
Tunnel of doom - / -
25 m 60 m CMAS *** / DiveMaster
Vaersen Bay 1 / -
20 m 60 m CMAS ** / AOW
Wata Mula 7 / -
15 m 18 m Tous niveaux

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mar 2, 2016
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Viaggio: Curacao Padi Cert.
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Da nov 9, 2015 a nov 12, 2015

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Viaggio: Curacao
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Da set 26, 2008 a ott 6, 2008
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