The Last Curaçao Dive Site Has Pigs

Pig Getting Muddy At Playa Porto Mari

Written by David Howell

After spending 25+ years successfully leading application development activities at an enterprise level, David moved toward pursuing his own passions full-time. He travels the world with his wife, Leslie, exploring nearby shore dives and remote atolls from liveaboards. Together, they document their adventures at TropicLens.com.

5 May 2021

Sadly, the last six weeks in Curaçao was overshadowed by an island wide curfew that only allowed a single person from each household two days a week in which to drive for groceries. Only a few restaurants had delivery and everything else was closed. Needless to say, there was no diving. Although we made the decision to come to Bonaire earlier than expected, I was able to complete one more video.

Playa Porto Mari has most of the amenities a lot of other beach-based dive sites on Curaçao have including a restaurant, dive shop, bathrooms, showers and lounge chairs/cabanas. On top of that, Willy and Woody are two feral pigs that roam the grounds and perform characteristically pig activites like roll around in the mud, scratch their back using trees, eat and sleep. Playa Porto Mari has also taken measures to rebuild the reef to repair damage from hurricanes in the past. Their “reef balls” dot the shallows and are home to newly growing corals and schools of fish.

Check out the video for all that and more!

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