Diving with the dolphins and exploring the island

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Two Banded Butterflyfish.

In may 2005 we went on a trip to the Caribic island of Curacao. We staid in the Lions Dive and Beach Resort a very nice accomodation. Curacao is the largest island of the Dutch Antilles. It's always warm here and you can catch a sunburn instandly , you don't notice the heat because of the Pasatwind blowing over the island. The north coast is very rough and not suitable for diving, while the south coast very quiet is with lots of idillic lagunas and beaches. (Beautiful)!! The first week on the island we joined The Ultimate Ocean Encounter, that means a week only diving, yeahh!!! The first two dives we made we were very lucky, because the ocean was so calm that we dove on the north side of the island. The rest of the week was awsome. It's beautiful under water, I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Diving with dolphins.

On our last day of the diveprogram we joined a bbq in the evening at the diveschool. Here we met George a nice guy who happened to be the headtrainer of the dolphins in the sea aquarium. I told him that I had read about a trainingprogram of diving with the dolphins of the aquarium in open seas. He told us the dolphins were not ready yet. After a few glasses of wine and a nice conversation he stood up and wanted to leave the diveschool. At the doorway he turned around and invited us to come to the aquarium in the morning with our divinggear. Wauw how lucky can you get?? The next morning we had a briefing in the aquarium and they asked us to get into the ocean on the back side of the aqarium. A photographer and a guy with a filmcamera joined us. We had to dive till 10 metres deep and wait for the dolphins to come to us.

One of the beautiful bays at the south side of the island.
Their trainer joined us to btw. After a few minutes they (Teresa and Annie) showed up. An unbelievable feeling struck us to see these beautiful animals so near by. They checked us out and than we were allowed to touch them and play with them. After 10 minutes they took of again leaving a very happy Dutch couple behind. In the aquarium the staff was very happy, the first dive with strange divers was a succes. We made it in the local paper with a small article. An experience we'll never forget!!

After our diving adventures we had to see the island too. We rented a car and got on our way. You can explore the island in two days. We started in Willemstad and walked over the famous "pontjesbrug", Queen Emmabridge.

Little sugarthieves at Jaanchi's.
(Don't do that when you're drunk btw!) After that we visited the Kura Hulanda Museum about the slavery there was ones on the island, very impressive. On the island you can still find a few of the houses the slaves lived in the so called Cunucu-houses. We also saw the floating market in Willemstad and relaxed on one of the many terrasses. At the westpoint of the island you'll find a restaurant called Jaanci's. A very nice atmosphere with live music you'll find here. And good food. Outside little colourfull birds are fed on a servingplatter so called sugarthieves. You won't find a menu here because Mr. Jaanci will come and tell you in person what's for lunch or diner. After a good lunch we went to Shete Boca Park on the north side. Here the ocean beats rough on the rocks! The Caracasbay on the southside is also very nice from here you have a nice view on the ocean. Curacao is wonderfull!!!

WorldXplorer says:
Fantastic Ron! Great blog with awesome photos!
What camera/casing do you use underwater?
Posted on: Apr 15, 2008
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Two Banded Butterflyfish.
Two Banded Butterflyfish.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
One of the beautiful bays at the s…
One of the beautiful bays at the …
Little sugarthieves at Jaanchis.
Little sugarthieves at Jaanchi's.
The beach in front of the Lions Di…
The beach in front of the Lions D…
The coastline of Curacao seen from…
The coastline of Curacao seen fro…
We flew by KLM.
We flew by KLM.
Dolphin show at the sea aquarium.
Dolphin show at the sea aquarium.
Sandy beach.
Sandy beach.
Little sugarthieves at Jaanchis.
Little sugarthieves at Jaanchi's.
Little sugarthieves at Jaanchis.
Little sugarthieves at Jaanchi's.
My meal that day with goatmeat and…
My meal that day with goatmeat an…
Live music at Jaanchis.
Live music at Jaanchi's.
A rock with the flag of Curacao pa…
A rock with the flag of Curacao p…
A rock with the flag of Curacao pa…
A rock with the flag of Curacao p…
The rough northern coast.
The rough northern coast.
The rough northern coast.
The rough northern coast.
Lots of cactus at the side of the …
Lots of cactus at the side of the…
The flag of Curacao.
The flag of Curacao.
Northern coast.
Northern coast.
flag.
flag.
Iguana in the shade.
Iguana in the shade.
Local licence plate.
Local licence plate.
Sign at Shete Boca Park.
Sign at Shete Boca Park.
Small shells.
Small shells.
The rough northern coast.
The rough northern coast.
Fisherman at sea.
Fisherman at sea.
A lovely bay.
A lovely bay.
Terrace at the beach.
Terrace at the beach.
A small harbour.
A small harbour.
Flamingos at the saltpans.
Flamingos at the saltpans.
A church at the south side of the …
A church at the south side of the…
A church at the south side of the …
A church at the south side of the…
One of the beautiful bays at the s…
One of the beautiful bays at the …
Little fish we saw while snorkelli…
Little fish we saw while snorkell…
Mayke at one of the beautiful bays…
Mayke at one of the beautiful bay…
This is villa Kenepa (also called …
This is villa Kenepa (also called…
Our rental car in front of villa K…
Our rental car in front of villa …
One of the beautiful bays at the s…
One of the beautiful bays at the …
Me snorkelling.
Me snorkelling.
Flamingos at the saltpans.
Flamingos at the saltpans.
Flamingos at the saltpans.
Flamingos at the saltpans.
This is the Beekenburg fortress at…
This is the Beekenburg fortress a…
Old canons at the fortress.
Old canons at the fortress.
The Caracasbay.
The Caracasbay.
Sunset at the beach.
Sunset at the beach.
The colourful town of Willemstad.
The colourful town of Willemstad.
The colourful town of Willemstad w…
The colourful town of Willemstad …
The colourful town of Willemstad.
The colourful town of Willemstad.
Shopping at a streetvendor.
Shopping at a streetvendor.
Banana tree.
Banana tree.
Me at the Kura Hulanda Museum, her…
Me at the Kura Hulanda Museum, he…
The floating market in Punda at th…
The floating market in Punda at t…
Venezuelan salesmen of the floatin…
Venezuelan salesmen of the floati…
The colourful town of Willemstad.
The colourful town of Willemstad.
The colourful town of Willemstad.
The colourful town of Willemstad.
Church at the south coast.
Church at the south coast.
A so called Cunucu house built by …
A so called Cunucu house built by…
Yami yami lunchtime!!
Yami yami lunchtime!!
Me having lobster.
Me having lobster.
Me and Isabella.
Me and Isabella.
Beautiful bay at Westpoint.
Beautiful bay at Westpoint.
Divers at Westpoint.
Divers at Westpoint.
Old island bus.
Old island bus.
Mayke in front of the pontonbridge…
Mayke in front of the pontonbridg…
Large bridge in Willemstad.
Large bridge in Willemstad.
Diving.
Diving.
Large group of Tarpons.
Large group of Tarpons.
Large group of Tarpons.
Large group of Tarpons.
Nice corals.
Nice corals.
Me diving.
Me diving.
Me diving.
Me diving.
Pufferfish.
Pufferfish.
Nice corals.
Nice corals.
Picassofish.
Picassofish.
Mayke diving.
Mayke diving.
With the family van Ravensteyn.
With the family van Ravensteyn.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Diving with dolphins.
Mayke diving.
Mayke diving.
Diving.
Diving.
Diving.
Diving.
Soft corals.
Soft corals.
Diving boat.
Diving boat.
Parrotfish.
Parrotfish.
Pufferfish.
Pufferfish.
Pufferfish.
Pufferfish.
Parrotfish.
Parrotfish.
School of fish.
School of fish.
Needlefish.
Needlefish.
Mayke diving.
Mayke diving.
Mayke diving.
Mayke diving.
Coral.
Coral.
Mayke diving.
Mayke diving.
Corals.
Corals.
Diving.
Diving.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Me diving.
Me diving.
Murene.
Murene.
Seahorse.
Seahorse.
Seahorse.
Seahorse.
Seahorse.
Seahorse.
Diving at Tugboat.
Diving at Tugboat.
A large trunkfish.
A large trunkfish.
Little shrimp.
Little shrimp.
Yellowtail Snapper.
Yellowtail Snapper.
Needlefish.
Needlefish.
Moray.
Moray.
Moray.
Moray.
A grouper.
A grouper.
Longsnout Sea Horse.
Longsnout Sea Horse.
Longsnout Sea Horse.
Longsnout Sea Horse.
Trumpetfish.
Trumpetfish.
French Angelfish.
French Angelfish.
French Angelfish.
French Angelfish.
A crab.
A crab.
Trumpetfish.
Trumpetfish.
Honeycomb Cowfish.
Honeycomb Cowfish.
Mayke diving at Tugboat.
Mayke diving at Tugboat.
Mayke diving at Tugboat.
Mayke diving at Tugboat.
Trumpetfish.
Trumpetfish.
Mayke diving at Tugboat.
Mayke diving at Tugboat.
A snail in the soft coral.
A snail in the soft coral.
Whitespotted Filefish.
Whitespotted Filefish.
A Sepia.
A Sepia.
Sand diver.
Sand diver.
Corals.
Corals.
Me holding a sponge.
Me holding a sponge.
A large Trunkfish.
A large Trunkfish.
Two Banded Butterflyfish.
Two Banded Butterflyfish.
Spotted Moray.
Spotted Moray.
Parrotfish.
Parrotfish.
A snail in the soft coral.
A snail in the soft coral.
Spotted Trunkfish.
Spotted Trunkfish.
Trumpetfish and 2 Banded Butterfly…
Trumpetfish and 2 Banded Butterfl…
Trumpetfish.
Trumpetfish.
Jackknife fish.
Jackknife fish.
Jackknife fish.
Jackknife fish.
Barracuda.
Barracuda.
Coral.
Coral.
Coral.
Coral.
Corals.
Corals.
A Crab.
A Crab.
Blue Tang.
Blue Tang.
Snapper.
Snapper.
Stoplight Parrotfish.
Stoplight Parrotfish.
Butterflyfish.
Butterflyfish.
Blue Tang.
Blue Tang.
Mayke at Tugboat.
Mayke at Tugboat.
Me at Tugboat.
Me at Tugboat.
Tugboat.
Tugboat.
Blue Parrotfish.
Blue Parrotfish.
Blue Parrotfish.
Blue Parrotfish.
Snapper.
Snapper.
Honeycomb Cowfish.
Honeycomb Cowfish.
School of fish.
School of fish.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Sea Turtle.
Blue Parrotfish.
Blue Parrotfish.
Green Moray.
Green Moray.
Spotted Trunkfish.
Spotted Trunkfish.
Wrasse.
Wrasse.
Spotted Trunkfish.
Spotted Trunkfish.
Scrawled Filefish.
Scrawled Filefish.
A group of French Grunt.
A group of French Grunt.
A group of French Grunt.
A group of French Grunt.
A group of French Grunt.
A group of French Grunt.
Checkered Puffer.
Checkered Puffer.
Corals.
Corals.
Me with a Dolphin.
Me with a Dolphin.
Beautiful Dolphin.
Beautiful Dolphin.
Corals.
Corals.
Parrotfish.
Parrotfish.
A group of Blue Tang.
A group of Blue Tang.
Checkered Puffer.
Checkered Puffer.
A group of Blue Tang.
A group of Blue Tang.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Me praparing for diving.
Me praparing for diving.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Corals.
Me and Mayke diving.
Me and Mayke diving.
Me diving.
Me diving.
Corals.
Corals.
Me diving.
Me diving.
Trunkfish.
Trunkfish.
Trumpetfish.
Trumpetfish.
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