Blue Bay Dive & Watersports

Blue Bay Dive & Watersports

Blue Bay Dive & Watersports
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8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
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Blue Bay Dive & Watersports: THE PADI 5 Star IDC Center on Curacao Located in the lower Caribbean between Bonaire and Aruba, you will find the perfect place for your dive vacation in the Caribbean Sea. Our PADI 5 Star IDC Center has everything you ever wished for. Blue Bay Dive & Watersports is located on the beach of Blue Bay Resort, Willemstad. With our house reefs accessible from shore and a boat for deep sea fishing & dive trips, we can arrange anything for you. Blue Bay Dive offers all kinds of courses: From Discover Scuba Dive and Open Water Courses all the way to Divemaster and Instructor Development courses. Blue Bay Dive is also the place for interesting specialties like Lion Fish Hunting, Dive Against Debris, Full Face IDM diving, freediving, and TEC Rec diving. Choose us for: - Great personal service - Great, high certified instructors, captains and fishermans - A wide variety of tours, trips and courses - Multi-language teaching: Dutch, English, German and Spanish
Willemstad, Curaçao
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2023

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Caroline Faucher
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I chose this dive center to acquire my Advanced open water certification and my Nitrox certification because a year ago I completed my open water certification at this same dive center. I was glad to see that the quality of the teaching, equipment and general experience remained unchanged. Every dive I did during the course was useful, well prepared and fun. The instructor (Corné) was relaxed, had profound knowledge of anything diving related and a lot of experience.
The equipment they offer is recent and we'll taken care of. They offer the full face IDM, which is still relatively rare.
Every staff member is friendly and genuinely passionate about diving.
So, whether it is to get certified, to rent equipment or to follow a guided dive, I recommend Blue Bay Dive Center without any hesitation.
Written January 6, 2020
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Hey Caro, Quality of teaching and equipment if very important for us. We also had a great time diving with you! We hope to see you again soon. Sunny wishes, Blue Bay Dive Team
Written May 31, 2020
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Nicole Z
Maui, HI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
My wife and I did our Advanced Open Water Diver course and a night dive last week at Blue Bay, and our instructor was Kate Gill. What a great experience! Everyone at Blue Bay was extremely friendly and helpful, the equipment was top-notch, and we had an all- around wonderful experience. Kate was a great instructor, really worked with us on our core skills, and was just an endlessly happy and positive person. She was just a joy to dive with!

The house reef at Blue Bay is amazing! It was just beautiful! The great thing about doing your PADI courses in a place like Curacao, is that while you are doing your course work, you are doing it in a stunningly beautiful location. Not a river, not a lake, not a shore dive with poor visibility, but a beautiful reef with tropical fish, coral, sponges, and everything in between…and great visibility. It was amazing.

My wife and I really wanted to do a night dive, and Kate organized a group of around 10 to go on the dive. It was like floating in space. Black all around with nothing but your flashlights to guide you. But what you are able to see at night is so different than what you are able to see during the day. The same reef…but a totally different experience. Octopus, lobsters, sleeping fish, and bioluminescent algae. It was just an awesome experience.

Kate and Blue Bay were just great and I cannot recommend them highly enough!

Scott Garner
Written October 19, 2021
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Gary G
Bantam, CT9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My dive with Blue Bay Dive was my fourth night dive, but the first guided dive with Blue Bay Dive. I had finished a Rescue Diver course earlier in the day, but they made room for me on their night dive the same calendar day. It was the best of the four night dives I had, largely due to great leadership (Lorenzo and Christina), a good group of divers (family of four who were taking the Open Water Diver course) and a calm moonlit night. It was my first time diving the house reef, but it was alive with fish and healthy coral. The highlight was when Christina spotted an octopus (my first such sighting). We also saw a Sea Turtle, a Spiny Lobster and many varied families of fish. The dive was slow (unrushed) and safe. It was a shore dive;we returned with a safe cushion of air. Blue Bay provided us with new equipment and great leadership. It was a wonderful experience.
Written June 27, 2022
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ocellaris1
Rochester, NY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
A large group of us visited Curacao in June. 3 did their OW cert. 1 did the AOW cert. We went on many guided & unguided shore and night dives. All through Blue Bay. Some of us hadn't been diving in awhile, so we took a refresher dive. Blue Bay took that seriously, administering a short quiz, going over the answers, and working through some basic skills after entering the water. I was impressed. The dive masters and instructors are excellent. Safety is clearly their number 1 priority. We never tired of snorkeling around the Blue Bay lagoon and reefs. The wall dive was among my favorite dives on Curacao. Everyone in our party that went diving (6 people) loved the experience at Blue Bay. We have nothing but great things to say about the staff, location, and beach facilities. One tip: If you're going to be diving there for 10 days or more and if you don't own your own equipment, buy the Dive Division membership for $25. It will pay for itself in equipment rental discounts, advanced course discounts, etc.
Written July 5, 2023
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We’re happy to hear that everyone had such a good experience! We hope to see you all back again for another dive. Sunny greetings, Blue Bay Dive
Written October 17, 2023
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JDV89
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I never expected to enjoy scuba diving as much as I did. After participating in a fun discover scuba dive, the expertise, professionalism and vibe of the dive shop's crew inspired me to learn more about diving by enrolling in the shop's open water course...and it did not stop there. Koen, my instructor during the open water course, through his experience and encouragement was able to teach the other students and I a solid foundation of diving skills, giving me the confidence to continue to develop as a diver by signing up for the shop's next course, the advanced open water. As part thereof I dove to 30 meters, at night, and upside down continuously being guided by Corné's clear passion for and knowledge of diving. After the advanced open water I participated in a wreck dive to the MV Superior Producer and went on a boat dive, both of which I highly recommend. After getting certified to dive on Nitrox and to 40 meters, I didn't want to stop. So I enrolled in the last course that I could given my time constrains, the rescue course. Shanon's expertise and dedication made the course both fun, challenging, and above all very informative. Overall an indeed overdelivering experience for me. Great stuff. Many thanks to all the staff members including the ones that I haven't mentioned. All the best!
Written January 7, 2021
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Hi! Thank you for this amazing review. At Dive Division we love to show everyone the beauties of diving and it is great to read you have also been inspired. We wish you all the best too and hope to see you again soon at one of our PADI Dive locations.
Written March 8, 2021
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Jeroen
The Netherlands1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
I booked 4 boat dives in 2 weekends through their website which where cancelled a day later, due to not enough participants…. While there where still 10 days left between cancellation and the actual date of the boat dives, i heard later they apparently have issues with the boat. Even after explaining that my wife needs our car and i like to see some other dive sites they kept giving suggestions that require a car.
Written November 8, 2021
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Tom P
Harlingen, The Netherlands17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We had a very terrible introduction dive at blue bay!
We have dived about 10-15 minutes. Low explaining of the gear were we diving with. We had the feeling that our instructor had to catch the bus… we paid €99,- pro person at blue bay beach resort, I expected guality but it was quantity, only money counts at blue bay.

With this bad experience we want revanche an we take a introduction dive at van de Ven diving school!
What a great experience and good explanation, so we can forget Bleu Bay Dive.
Written October 22, 2022
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Edwin G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We got our first diving experience here with an introduction dive. Ellen was a great instructor and without her my girlfriend probably would not have finished the whole dive. Ellen was able to calm down my girlfriend after some initial fear and we did a first dive of almost an hour and even saw and followed an octopus.
Great experience, great instructor and very relaxed atmosphere. Blue bay is beautiful for sure!
Written April 16, 2022
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Francis
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
IDC with Dive Division
So, it is over and what an experience! I had no idea what to expect when I applied to do my IDC with Dive Division, what excited me was that they had 5 dive locations dotted around the island.
I have to say it was a steep learning curve for myself as I had only ever really guided dives with certified divers, but Dive Division’s staff, expertise and knowledge meant I managed to learn so much over a relatively short period of time. Plus, they made it fun and enjoyable at the same time making sure we absorbed as much knowledge over that period. As part of the course, they encourage you to dive as much as possible in your free time to perfect the skills needed for the IE. I never believed it when they said IE stood for Its Easy, but by the time it came around I felt well prepared.
My thanks to Mick, Sharon, Pascal, Floris, Bridgette and of course Aulk for all their patience, boundless enthusiasm and encouragement. If you are thinking of doing your IDC with Dive Division stop and just book it with them now- You won’t regret it.
Written December 22, 2020
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Hi, what an incredibly beautiful review, thank you very much for that. We really enjoyed this last edition of the PADI Instructor Development Course this year and that we were able to show it to you. The Blue Bay Dive Team would like to congratulate you and hope to see you again soon at one of our dive sites.
Written December 29, 2020
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Andrea T
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Our 11 year old did the discover dive program with Donato. He was a bit apprehensive at the beginning but was all smiles and excitement after returning from the dive. Donato was great with him and it was fun to see the enthusiasm from my son. He’s already asking to do another course. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to try diving before doing a full certification.
Written March 14, 2022
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