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Ban Topa Apartments & Villa's Curacao
Kaya Kashimiri 59
Netherlands Antilles
Tel.: 00 5999 8695670
BanTopa is a small resort full of atmosphere and comprises a studio/apartment, 2-room apartments, 3-room bungalows and 4-room villas. Because of their high locations, all accommodations have a panoramic view and enjoy a lovely breeze. All accommodations feature a tasteful and modern design. Ban Topa offers affordable 2, 3 and 4 room apartments, bungalows and villa’s with a nice view, cool breeze, sea and the Capital city Willemstad within reach.
Diving, fishing and golf are available with discounts. At least 6 dive centers are located near BanTopa.

Go West Diving

Westpunt E5
Westpunt, Curaçao
Netherlands Antilles
Tel. 0059998640102
Fax. 0059998643042
GO WEST Diving (formerly known as Ocean Encounters West) is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Resort. We are located at one of Curaçao’s best dive sites, Alice in Wonderland, right on the idyllic sandy beach of Playa Kalki in Westpunt. The dive center offers the full range of PADI courses (up to IDC Staff Instructor), quality rental equipment and an air/nitrox filling station. Most of Curaçao’s top dive sites are only few minutes away from GO WEST Diving by boat or car.

Curacao Island Rentals
Willem de Zwijgerlaan 13
Netherlands Antilles
Tel.: 5999-736-2030
Fax.: 5999-736-6616
a selection of waterfront homes at Coral Cliff, Curacao. Homes have ocean view and are just a short walk from beach and dive school. Both shore diving and boat diving is possible at this location through Sunset Divers at Sunset Waters Resort. Select from 2, 3, or 5 bedroom villas.

Limestone Holiday - Apartments & Diving
Limestone Holiday
p/a. fam. Jungslager
Brakkeput Ariba (k) 5
(Netherlands Antilles)
Tel.: 005999 7673007
Maximum Number of Divers: 10
Number of Tanks per Day: 4
Gear Provided: yes
Rental Gear Available: yes
Type of Diving: Shore & boat
Nitrox Available: no
Total Dive Sites: 20
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 10
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 60
Training Agency: PADI
Courses Offered: Discover Diving, Open Water, Advanced, specialties.
Limestone Holiday apartments & diving is a small & personal dive resort. We offer a total concept of diving: holiday apartments, snorkel sets & dive equipment rental, a practical car to take you and your equipment to the dive site, personalized dive courses or snorkel & dive safari’s.

The Dive Bus, Curacao
Koraalspechtweg 79A
Netherlands Antilles
Tel.: (+599 9) 693 8305/ 528 3263 - We're mobile - we come to you!
If you're looking for a fun, relaxed scuba diving experience in one of the TOP Caribbean shore-diving destinations, in small dive groups led by friendly, experienced PADI dive professionals, this is the right place. he Dive Bus specialises in shore diving - guided or independent - at the best of Curacao's shore dive sites. A PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, we offer PADI dive courses from Discover Scuba Dives (Intro Dives) through to professional level PADI Divemaster, in small, friendly groups to guarantee personal attention.
E-Mail: doris@the-dive-bus.com
Web: http://www.the-dive-bus.com

About Curacao

Curaçao is one of the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean. It is located 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, 42 miles east of Aruba, and 30 miles west of Bonaire. Curaçao is the largest of the five islands and the government of the Netherlands Antilles is located here. The island is about 38 miles (62 km long) and 8 miles (14 km) wide (2 miles (4 km) at its narrowest point in the middle of the island). About 150.000 people live on the island. Curaçao is an island with many small and beautiful beaches surrounded by clear and refreshing water.

Curaçao diving is unique for many reasons. It is set apart from other Caribbean destinations by its diversity and its density of sea life, its many underwater landscapes, and its reef's proximity to shore. Reefs surround the island, attaching to the shore like a narrow fringe. Massive coral formations extend into the depths with deep-water fish patrolling the plunging walls. The reef walls on Curaçao vary from moderate 45 degree angles to steep 90 degree angles. There is plenty to see, be it dolphins playing, turtles sunning, or even pilot whales migrating.

Even the most experienced diver will find the fish life of Curaçao entertaining. even sometimes dramatic. Instead of exploring the whole reef in one dive, choose one coral-covered spot and just float above the coral heads and watch life go on. There are over 500 species of fish inhabiting these Caribbean reefs, so you are sure to see plenty of activity.

Climate Summer 85F 29C Winter 75F 24C
Water Temp 78 - 83F 25 -28C Visibility 50 - 100 ft 15 - 30 m

Getting There

By Air

There are a number of airlines which service Curaçao, allowing travel any day of the week.

To / from North America

American Airlines
Website: www.aa.com

Insel Air
Website: www.fly-inselair.com

Air Canada (seasonal)
Website: www.aircanada.com

WestJet (seasonal)
Website: www.westjet.com

To / from Europe

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Website: www.klm.com

Website: www.martinair.com

Website: www.arkefly.an

Air Berlin
Website: www.airberlin.com

To / from Latin America

Website: www.avianca.com

Avior Airlines
Website: www.aviorairlines.com

Copa Airlines
Website: www.copaair.com

Surinam Airways
Website: www.flyslm.com

Aerolinea Estelar
Website: http://www.flyestelar.com/

To / from Caribbean

Divi Divi Air
Website: www.flydivi.com

Insel Air
Website: www.fly-inselair.com

Liat Airline
Website: www.liatairline.com

Tiara Air
Website: www.tiara-air.com

Entry Requirements

Generally tourists holding a passport may enter the Netherlands Antilles without a written permit and remain with us for a period of fourteen to thirty days. However, several nationalities (e.g. Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, India, Peru) are required to present a tourist visa to enter the Netherlands Antilles. A visa should be applied for at least one month in advance at any representation of the Netherlands (in the concerning country). US visitors require a passport to get back into the USA.

Tourists should be in possession of:
Valid passport
A return or outward ticket on arrival
Sufficient funds for accommodations and food
The necessary documents for returning to the country of origin, or further travel elsewhere

The following nationalities require a Visa to enter Curaçao:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbeidzjan;
Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso;
Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China/ except holders from Hong Kong
Hong-Kong SAR en BNO Flying document holders, Colombia, Comoro, Congo
Democratic Republic (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Cuba;
Djibouti, Dominican Republic;
Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia;
Fiji Island Philippines;
Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau;
India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ivory;
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz, Kiribati, Kuwait, Korea (North);
Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Latvia;
Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Marshall Islands, Mauritania,
Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldavia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar;
Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria;
Oman, East –Timor;
Pakistan, Palau, Palestine Authority, Papua New Guinea, Peru;
Russian Federation, Rwanda;
Salomon’s Islands, Samoa (West), Saudi-Arabia, Sao Tome en Principe, Senegal
Serbia en Montenegro (Yugoslavia), Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somali, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria;
Tadzjikistan, Taiwan (Republic of China), Tanzania, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu;
Uganda, Ukraine, United Arabian Emirates, Uzbekistan;
Vanuatu, Vietnam;
Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Departure Tax
Airport departure fees are assessed for International destinations of USD $32.00 ( NAFL. 57,60) and USD $ 8.00 (NAFLS. 14,50) for domestic destinations. Children under the age of two (2) are exempted of payment. Domestic destinations are Bonaire and St. Maarten.

Helpful Travel Tips

Electricity is 110 - 130 volts/50 cycles, similar but not identical to the US standard. Most 60 cycle electrical appliances from the United States will function properly, although appliances that have internal time mechanisms will not keep the correct time and hairdryers and curling irons may overheat if used for too long. Dual voltage appliances from Europe and South America will need an adapter plug, readily available on the island. Although electrical current is generally reliable, consider using a surge regulator for sensitive electronic devices and computers. It's a good idea to charge underwater strobes and videos on the regulated systems at dive shops and photo centers.

Taxi's are easy to recognize by their signs and the TX on their registration plates. The prices are based for 1-4 people from 6 am-11pm. A fifth person costs 25% more. After 11pm there is 25% surcharge. Passengers should agree on a price for the journey with the driver first. There are taxi stands at the airport, hotels and Sha Caprileskade in Punda.

Rental Cars
Avis, Hertz, National, Budget and a number of local companies are available. There are a choice of models available and rates range from about $25. for a compact to $45. for a jeep.

Temperatures are warm throughout the year, so light, casual tropical wear is in order. Remember to protect yourself from sunburn. Most indoor establishments are air conditioned so if you chill easily, you may need a lightweight jacket or long sleeves. Some restaurants prohibit shorts or sandals; some casinos also require jackets for men. Overly revealing clothes and bathing suits are not appropriate, except on the beach. If you plan to walk in the countryside, wear sturdy shoes and long pants to protect your legs from the cacti.

Curacao distills water from the sea and it is excellent. No problems here.





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