Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Major airlines announce new flights and hundreds of additional seats to Curacao!

Curacao is shaping up to be the hot vacation destination: major airlines announce additional seats and new flights to this awesome Caribbean island.

So if you’ve been wondering where to take your next vacation, the answer is - clearly! - Curacao. And now, it's even easier to get here with direct flights from...:



Starting this month, Avianca’s weekly flights from Bogota, Colombia to Curaçao’s Hato International Airport, will be onboard bigger planes - Airbus 320s - creating additional capacity of 350 seats.

And, from August, they're  adding 4 additional weekly flights from Bogota, making a total of 11 per week.

A major gateway airport, these additional flights and seats will make divers from Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and many more countries really happy that their next Curacao dive vacation just got sooo much easier to arrange.

...New York (JFK)

Also happening in June, Jet Blue are adding a fourth flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Curaçao’s Hato International Airport.

With a highly civilised arrival time in sunny Curacao, you can breakfast at home and celebrate Happy Hour on the beach well before sunset. It'd be would be rude not to.


Winter is a perfect time to be in Curacao if you live anywhere even vaguely near Toronto and prefer sun and diving, to cold and snow-shoveling. Or a break from it, at least.

Lucky for you if so, because Air Canada are running a third flight a week out of Toronto starting this December, and one per week out of Montreal. So you could be celebrating Christmas and New Years in sunny Curacao...

Flying Airbus 320s, that’s 566 seats available every week, to transport you from cold, cold Canada to lovely, toasty-warm Curacao, so make sure one of them has YOUR name on it. (And one for your dive buddy, while you’re at it, eh.)


Speaking of winter getaways to the Caribbean sun, in addition to the two American Airlines flights per week out of Charlotte, NC., American Airlines are adding a 3rd daily flight from Miami to Curaçao, starting December 19, 2018.

The timing is perfect for your Curacao Christmas vacation – and Curacao is a great place to welcome in the New Year (trust us, it’s an incredible experience - watch this space for more about Christmas and New Years in Curacao, coming soon-ish.)

... and 14 other cities, offering nonstop flights to Curacao (according to google) 

So - what’s so great about Curacao?

According to Travel Agent Central, Curacao is a popular destination for Millennials and other savvy Caribbean travelers, looking for something a bit off-the-beaten path.

It's also one of the most LGBT-welcoming islands in the region - come on down and find out for yourself at this year's Curacao Pride event:

Curacao also has a huge range of accommodation, food and drink choices to suit all budgets and tastes, fascinating history (especially if you love Pirates - and which diver doesn't?), stunning architecture, beautiful beaches and tons of activities. And in an incredible year-round climate.

It's also a unique shore diving haven and one of the top diving destinations in the world.  

And that's not all - click below ...
If you get bored in Curacao? You're doing something wrong. 
 Come, see for yourself.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

NEW: DIVE + DRIVE Packages at The Dive Bus, Curacao

The Dive Bus Curacao

Booking your next Curacao dive vacation just got a whole lot easier.

By Mark and Suzy
Owners, The Dive Bus, Curacao

Our first ever visit to Bonaire was back in 2004, when we both had a lot more hair.

We had absolutely no idea how much that trip was to influence the next several years of our lives.

With close to a thousand boat dives under our weight belts at that time, Bonaire was our first experience of shore diving. And where better to start than the shore diving capital of the Caribbean - anointed “Divers Paradise” by diving legend, Captain Don.

We loved the freedom that shore diving afforded us. No schedules. No waiting for other divers. No maximum dive times.

Our next destination was another first: Curacao, a 10 minute flight from Bonaire, in a terrifyingly small plane. Better known as a boat diving destination, shore diving in Curacao seemed more like an after-thought: once boat diving was done for the day; one last quick dive on the house reef before Beer O’Clock.

The Dive Bus, Curacao

One afternoon, we were enjoying a cold beer on the beach at a small, quiet, sheltered fishermen’s bay. The drop-off looked really close by, much closer than the dives we’d made in Bonaire, so we dived it the following week to see for ourselves.... 

It was amazing. Unloved, full of trash, fishing line and old tires. But amazing, even so.

After that, we shore-dived as much of Curacao as we could. We were blown away with the easy shore entries (easier than many dive sites in Bonaire), the close proximity of the reefs to the shore (closer than many dive sites in Bonaire) - and the abundance, quality and variety of marine life, very similar to Bonaire.

The lack of shore diving in Curacao wasn’t due to a lack of amazing shore diving sites.

And so, long story short, The Dive Bus, Curacao hit the road, offering quality guided and unguided ("independent") shore diving, made easy and fun, with a strong focus on ocean clean ups and protection, a subject close to our hearts.

Shortly after, we opened our first location - the tiny little Dive Bus Hut - on that same beach, by the small, quiet, sheltered fishermen's bay. That beautiful, unloved reef became our house reef. And very, very loved.

The word got out, divers came flocking in and several fun years just flew by:
The tiny little dive shop turned into something a little larger when we relocated across the street.
Shore dive operations sprung up all over the island. 
A second Dive Bus hit the road, along with the Dive Bus truck.
Our team of awesome PADI instructors expanded.

And over time, although our PADI dive courses and guided shore dives - The Dive Bus trips - remain really popular, increasingly more divers began coming to us for independent shore diving adventures of their own.

So, we made our drive-up tank and equipment storage facility easy for divers to reverse their vehicles up to, grab what they need for the day - and go. Same with the drive-up equipment rinsing and drying facilities.

And we made sure that anything and everything that divers need to get the most of their indie dive adventures was available in our retail shop - including a cold beer or 2 once divin's done for the day, (whilst the gear drip-dries, of course).

Fast forwarding a little: divers voted Bonaire as the best shore diving destination in the 2017 Readers Choice Awards. No surprise there and definitely deserved.

But in the same poll, divers voted Curacao the 2nd best shore diving destination, putting Curacao right there, on the shore diving map alongside Bonaire, where it deserves to be! 

We were thrilled.

And maybe, just maybe, you'll vote Curacao as the top shore diving destination this year, because your next Curacao dive vacation is about to get even better:

We've taken another lesson from Bonaire and are really excited to announce the brand new Dive Bus DIVE and DRIVE Packages!

The Dive Bus, Curacao

We've teamed up with a major international car rental company, so on your next Curacao dive vacation, save yourself time and book your rental car and your diving at the same time.

Choose The Dive Bus off-the-shelf Dive and Drive Packages - guided or independent (unguided) - or custom-build your own, with diving and vehicle options to suit your needs, budget and timescales. And of course, the more days you drive and the more days you dive, the more $ you save.

Here's what long-time Dive Bus Serial Divers, Jamey and Lory, have to say about the news: 
The Dive Bus, Curacao"As frequent visitors to both Bonaire and Curacao, we think it's great that The Dive Bus is now offering Drive and Dive Packages for those wanting to spend several days or more exploring the great reef diving accessible from shore in Curacao.
As we know from diving Bonaire, this concept really adds an element of relaxation to a dive trip. No waiting to be picked up early and dropped off after your dive at your hotel. No rushing to catch a boat or fighting for space.
Just drive to a beach at your leisure and prepare for your shore diving adventures in your own time.
While both islands offer great shore diving with similar reefs, Curacao offers greater choice for apres-dive in terms of sightseeing, and a wider variety of restaurants and night life to choose from. A Drive and Dive Package like this enhances the whole Curacao vacation / dive experience, while diving with The Dive Bus - which, in our opinion, is the best dive operator on the island."
Jamey and Lori

Watch this space for Dive Bus DIVE + DRIVE special offers coming soon on on social media.  So if you're not following us yet, you might want to get on that:

Interested? Excited? Got questions? Don't want to wait? Ready to book your Curacao DRIVE and DIVE trip right now

Get in touch!

The Dive Bus, Curacao

The Dive Bus, Curacao

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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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