Sunday, 8 April 2018

Curaçao Pride 2018: time to dive AND party!


If you dream of a Caribbean island.

Sipping a cocktail, under gently swaying palm trees, on the beach.

Watching the blue, blue ocean - and wondering what lies beneath.

Enjoying awesome tunes from amazing DJ's.

Dancing with fun, beautiful people, eating fabulous food..?

You're going to LOVE Curaçao Pride 2018.

The philosophy on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao is very much "Live and Let Live" - just one of the many reasons why Curacao is so well-known in the LGBT community as a popular, gay-friendly destination.

This year marks the sixth edition of Curaçao Pride, a 5 day event filled with plenty of parties and activities, and generally having a blast.

It's the perfect time for you to discover Curacao, if you haven't already - or come back and do it all over again!
If you've never dived before,
you've GOT to try this...
As if there aren't enough activities to keep you happily busy during Curacao Pride, you might want to find some time to discover and enjoy the 'other' Curacao: underwater.

Curacao is one of the top shore-diving destinations in the world, you can dive amazing dive-sites right from the shores of Curacao's beaches - no bouncy dive boats required and no previous experience necessary.

We'd love to show you.  

If you're a certified diver,
enjoy the best of
underwater Curacao, too...

Whether you're an experienced diver or you've never, ever tried it, all of us on The Dive Bus Crew can't wait to show you the amazing underwater sights of Curacao -  that most people never get to discover...

In small, friendly, relaxed and – most importantly – FUN groups.

You're going to love it. 

And you and your friends can star in own personal, professional and very cool, underwater video  - guaranteed to make your friends super-jealous - like this one :

More info:
  • Check out for more info about Curacao Pride: the event that you won't want to miss.

  •  Check out, focusing exclusively on information for the LGBT community, helping Curacao remain one of the most welcoming destinations in the Caribbean.
 Hope to dive you in sunny Curacao during Curacao Pride - or whenever you like - soon!

Yet another great reason to vacation in Curacao.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018

5 really good reasons why Easter's better in Curacao

1. It's warm...

Not hot, hot, hot but lovely, toasty warm. Thanks to the constant trade winds, you shouldn't overheat. And thanks to your refrigerator / cool box, neither should your Easter eggs*.

Average air temperature = 30/86 degrees +  average water temperature =26/80 degrees = toasty :)

*NOTE: If you're not entirely satisfied with your Easter eggs, The Dive Bus Crew will dispose of them FREE OF CHARGE as per our Eco Policy (refuse, reuse, recycle).

2. It won't rain over the entire Easter weekend

It might rain. But if it does, it's like being in a warm shower and will be over in less time than it takes an average adult* to eat an Easter egg. And the rainbows are awesome...

*The Dive Bus Crew. 

Rainbow courtesy of the wonderful Barry Brown

3. It's kite season
The Kite Seller, by Barry Brown
When you get lemons, you make lemonade.

When you're in Curacao and you get winds, you make kites. As colourful as possible - and fly them as high as possible.

They're available from road-side kite sellers all over the island.

Try one out, it's a lot of fun!
More info on

Or if you prefer the 'wet' kind of kiting, harness up and go for a ride. (Just make sure you don't need to be able to raise your arms for the following 3 days, or so. (Y'know, a bit like wakeboarding...)

4. It has world-class shore diving

 World class shore divingBoat diving can be pretty "interesting" when it's windy. Mostly because windy = waves. Waves = lots of moving things to deal with = annoying bruises messing up your suntan.

But you don't have to worry about any of that when you dive from Curacao's shore: just walk right into the ocean from the beach, and descend beneath the waves. Very civilised indeed.

With water temperatures around 80 degrees in March, if you haven't tried shore diving yet - and even if you have - this is a great time to do it.

Curacao's most popular PADI 5 Star Dive Center

Dive Packages with Trip Advisor's most popular Curacao's PADI 5 Star Dive Center start from just $604 per buddy team, for 3 days of awesome guided and independent shore diving.  

Book well in advance:  they fill up really quickly as they only take small groups and are really popular ;) Heaps more info here.
Start your dive adventures...
Not a certified diver? You'd be crazy to let that stop you diving in Curacao. Check out the PADI Discover Scuba Dive experience, designed exactly for folks just like you.

If (when!) you love it, continue on to become a certified PADI Open Water Diver

It's a lot less fattening than eating Easter eggs and almost as much fun.

5. There's no way you'll be bored

HEAPS to do and discover...
Photos by kind permission of the amazing Mr Barry Brown
If you get bored in Curacao, you're doing something wrong.

There's heaps of things to do, see, discover and enjoy - especially if you get a rental car (highly recommended):

So that's 5 reasons why Easter's better in Curacao. 

But don't just take our word for it - find out for yourself...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

8 reasons to share the love in Curacao, this Valentines Day

8 reasons why Curacao's the perfect place to celebrate Valentines Day ...

1. It won't be cold and raining
And if it does rain, it won't be cold and will be over in 10 minutes (ish), like it never happened.  

2. It's cheaper than you might think
According to a recent Huffington Post survey, Curacao is one of the most affordable getaways in the Caribbean...

3. Heaps of culinary delights for you to experience - affordably
Enjoy Curaçao's huge range culinary delights with the brand new Curacao Dine Around Plan. Click below to find out how you can enjoy romantic 3 course meals and great service on your Curacao Valentines vacation:

4. HUGE range of accommodations to choose from
Curacao offers accommodations for every budget. Check out the quality accommodations, committed to safety, quality and eco standards through CHATA, here.

Our current pick is Avila Beach Hotel, just down the road from The Dive Bus They're committed to sustainability, just like we are, they're supporting Coral Reef Restoration, Curacao and have just announced their brand new all-inclusive option...

5. Awesome beaches - many quite different to what you might expect on a Caribbean island...

... like the lovely Pierbaai Beach at Marie Pampoen, right across the road from The Dive Bus, and the access to our gorgeous house reef.

6. Heaps of evening entertainment
Eat, drink, party, relax ... it's your choice, and there's plenty of it.

Chill's a great place for romantic sun-downers, overlooking the ocean...

7. Heaps to do in the daytime, too

There's plenty of things to do and discover together in Curacao in the daytime too. Like discovering the island's rich and fascinating history, sailing, climbing, parasailing, wake-boarding, walking, cycling, exploring, surfing, shopping ... or just relaxing on the beach.

8. World-class scuba diving...
According to PADI, many of us make new friends through diving. And some of us are lucky enough to meet their true-love through diving, too. Which makes a Curacao dive vacation a great way to celebrate Valentines Day for at least a week...
Dive Packages at Curacao's #1 PADI 5 Star Dive center on Trip Advisor start from just $302 for 3 awesome days of guided and independent diving around the best of Curacao's shore dive sites. How romantic is that!

Click for more info

All in all, some pretty good reasons to celebrate Valentines Day in Curacao for a week or 2 this year - wouldn't you say?

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Curacao Carnival 2018: dive AND party!

If you love to dive and party,


Curaçao's Carnival is one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles in the Caribbean and one of the best times to visit our awesome island. 

So if you're looking for awesome diving and a GREAT party atmosphere, you're in luck!

Carnival began as a Catholic rite to represent the Christian practice of “Carne Levale,” or giving up meat for Lent. These days, Curaçao continues the tradition with amazing masquerade parties and marches. 

Curacao Carnival features fantastic parades, floats, costumes and characters, Carnival "royalty" elected during full-scale beauty contests, and impromptu street parties and dancin' (Jump Ins / Ups) that may run into you, unexpectedly. 

Everyone is welcome to join the tens of thousands of road-side spectators enjoying the impressive, energetic and amazing array of multi-colored floats and costumes, whilst dancing to the beat of Tumba, Curacao's official Carnival music, at Curacao's biggest party of the year.

So dig out your dancin' shoes as well as your dive gear and be ready to join in:
because it's Curacao Carnival time!
(And we've got your diving covered, too...)

Carnival infoSo: some Curacao Carnival celebrations happen on planned dates....

Due to the massive size of the Parades and the sheer number of spectators and cars, major access roads in Otrabanda (where the cruise ship terminals are)(leading the Hilton and Floris Suites hotels) and the Julianna Bridge across the canal in downtown Willemstad - are closed or have limited access.

... and some just happen...

...closing off random roads for impromptu parties. Sometimes it's groups following and supporting their favourite bands, all dancing and all wearing the same t-shirts to support and promote the band, and raise money for them to participate in the "Gran Marcha" (“the Grand Parade").

It's all part of the Carnival fun but if you've got somewhere to be by a certain time - like back home after another fun day of diving with The Dive Bus -  you may have a helluva time getting through / around the crowds and roadblocks to get to where you're trying to get to.

Carnival infoSo if you're planning on diving with The Dive Bus during Curacao Carnival, check out our special Curacao Carnival dive schedule below, so you can join in the celebrations and part-ey once your diving's done for the day.

And remember to expect the unexpected at any time, for things to change all the time and... ENJOY IT!

Schedule(ish) of the main Curacao Carnival events 

Be aware that during the dates below, our regular dive schedule may well not go entirely to plan  and that we may avoid certain dive sites because of "access challenges" - aka street parties and / or Parades. It's the same every year, but it's usually fun anyways!

Sunday, February 4, 2018: Children's Carnival Parade 15:00 onwards
See the local children, from toddlers to pre-teens march through the streets of Otrobanda during their own full-scale parade.

Friday, Febuary 9, 2018 - Teen Carnival Parade
Young people are in the spotlight with their own Carnival Parade, through the streets of Otrobanda.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Banda Bou Carnival Parade
In the countryside of the western part of the island, a full day of revelry takes place in the streets of Banda’bou.

Sunday, February 11, 2018- Grand Carnival Parade"Gran Marcha"
Thousands of participants show off their fantastic costumes and floats, dancing and strutting to the music of the Road March. Along the 10 km route, thousands of spectators dance and enjoy the pageantry. Don't plan on being anywhere on time!

Monday, February 12, 2018 - Children's Farewell Parade 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Grand Farewell Carnival Parade

The Carnival season closes with this one last, fabulous parade. The night time march has a special touch - the floats decorated with sparkling lights. At midnight a King Momo idol is burned to please the gods, as legend requires...

Need more reasons to dive Curacao during Curacao Carnival?

And for heaps more diving info: 
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