If you think of Curacao as an undiscovered version of its sister island Bonaire, then you have obviously been there before and can quickly skip down to the bottom of this page. If you question the comparison and continue to be a diehard Bonaire fan, then maybe you should read on. Geographically speaking, let me tell you that, like Bonaire's, the reefs of Curacao are healthy and bountiful, and the night diving will certainly drag you out of the bars. While Curacao's dive scene may still be in its infancy, it is quite mature in its underwater infrastructure - sort of an ecological euphoria. Curacao diving is unique for many reasons. Its many underwater landscapes and the proximity of the reef to shore create a mega-sphere of diversity and density of sea life. There is plenty to see and experience at Curacao's 65 identified dive sites. You'll find over 57 coral species and more than 500 species of tropical fish inhabiting these reefs, including excellent wrecks and some spectacular coralline wall formations. A large number of dive sites are accessible from shore; however, most are more conveniently approached by boat. Curacao's reefs here seem a little wilder as well. Princess Divers is the centerpiece for all fin-footed visitors at the luxurious Princess Beach Resort and Casino. You'll find the beachfront property with its 341 rooms and suites a perfect base for enjoying your dive vacation. Walk out past the pool and follow the walkway toward the dive shop. It sits out on its own dock, and you can't miss it. Everything you could possibly imagine in a first-class dive resort is right where you would expect to find it at the Princess' full-service dive center: an air-conditioned classroom and shop; a trio of dedicated dive vessels, including two 41-foot custom boats and one 35-foot catamaran; a complete underwater photo/ video center; storage lockers, showers and wash tanks; and the only nitrox station on the island. Princess Divers' large sign-up boards make arranging for the following day's dive easy and convenient. Leaving each morning, the dive boats concentrate on the island's eastern as well as western dive sites, including the famous wreck of the Superior Producer. You'll also have the opportunity to explore Curacao's signature dive site, the Mushroom Forest. This area is excellent for all levels of certified divers and has mountainous star corals perfect for photo backdrops for underwater photographers. Princess Beach Resort and Casino, located amid a tropical garden, borders the National Underwater Park and is adjacent to Curacao's Seaquarium. It is only minutes from the picturesque capital city of Willemstad. The Princess Beach Resort is also the perfect place for families and offers lots of activities. You'll find good food and drink at any of the resort's three restaurants and four bars; cuisine ranges from local specialties to traditional Italian entrees. Lively entertainment is scheduled throughout the week. The two lighted tennis courts, fitness room, shopping arcade and Las Vegas-style casino also are among the many facilities offered at this full-service resort. I would suggest you venture into town to experience Willemstad's well-preserved 17th-century architecture, walk across the famous floating bridge and sample some local delicacies at the many restaurants and pubs. Curacao offers much more than just diving, and your friendly hosts at the Princess Beach Resort and Princess Divers will make sure your stay is unforgettable.ADVERTORIAL
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