June 17, 2001 - June 18, 2001 - June 19, 2001 - June 21, 2001 - June 22, 2001
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June 20, 2001: Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

A Curacao 2001 dive
"Bullen Baai" - "Habitat Curacao House Reef"
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Originally intended to include a dive on the "Superior Producer" wreck, that dive was cancelled.
Diving off of Curacao:
  • Directions from Tampa: Well, you're not gonna drive there. Curacao is smack dab between Aruba and Bonaire, off of the northern coast of Venesuela.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny.

  • Personal Notes: The ride to the "Superior Producer" was long and rough. Bad enough, but when we got there, there was already a boat moored at it, and the seas were at three to five feet. By the time we got moored, did our dive, and came back up, getting back on to the boat would have been a hazardous proposition.

    So we went to "Bullen Baai" and were offered a free ride on the afternoon boat (two more dives). Me, my sister, and John decided to visit the House Reef again, as I hadn't seen the Frogfish yet. I also wanted to get the digital video camera back and see if it was working any better.

Videos!

My Codecs Page so you can get what you need to see these.

We got back to the resort, and first thing I wanted to do was see if the video camera was at least mostly operational. Though there has been a burp or two, since my return from Curacao, the camera has been working perfectly! It worked well enough on the shore dive on the House Reef to get quite a bit of video.
Habitat Curacao House Reef
[VIDEO LINK] 4.6 MB Again, eels like this Spotted Moray are quite populous in the reefs around the island.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.2 MB As he was standing still, this snapper was easy to shoot. I was quite surprised to see that something had taken a chunk out of him.
[VIDEO LINK] 3.1 MB One of the great things about the House Reef is that people can give you directions to cool things. This well hidden Frog Fish was easy to miss, and even when we got to the coral formation in question, it was a surprise to find it, even after having looked in the same spot a couple of times.
[VIDEO LINK] 4.8 MB Always attempting to get good shots of Banded Coral Shrimp, I managed to get some halfway decent video of a couple.
[VIDEO LINK] 2.9 MB I got the chance to get a better angle on the Frog Fish.
[VIDEO LINK] 4.9 MB This Balloon Fish was quite tolerant, at least to a point, of the attention we gave it. Notice the algae growing in it's eye.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.9 MB Trumpet Fish attempt to hide in soft coral.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.3 MB Getting stills of Foureye Butterflyfish can be difficult, but I managed to get some decent video of one on the way back up the line to shore.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.2 MB Harlequin Bass can be quite small, but do seem to be relatively unafraid of divers, if approached slowly enough.

Pictures!

No stills from the House Reef; I didn't take any, though I did have the digital video camera back.
Bullen Baai
This Smooth Trunkfish lights up well in a flash.
Lobster are apparently plentiful if you know where to look for them, but this was the only one I saw during my trip.
Here are a pair of Banded Coral Shrimp hanging out on some coral. Usually these guys hide underneath the coral edges.
This guy was pacing while hiding underneath this coral. Adult drums like this one can get quite large.
If you see a pufferfish, like this Balloonfish, all puffed up, it's usually not a good thing; it means that someone (probably the photographer) has rudely threatened the fish. This is what they look like when unthreatened.
Trumpetfish have this idea that they can hide in soft coral fairly easily. While sometimes this might be true, I caught sight of this guy before he made it in there.


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
117 Bullen Baai 92 feet 53 min. 82 F
118 Habitat Curacao House Reef 66 feet 55 min. 82 F
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