Factbook: Netherlands Antilles

 Netherlands Antilles (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) Geography Location: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea – one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela and the other is east of the Virgin Islands Geographic coordinates: 12 15 N, 68 45 W Map references: Central America and the Caribbean Area: total: 960…


Curacao Awe-Inspiring Scenery, Amiable People

Text and photography BY TOM & THERISA STACK During our last evening, as Therisa and I watched the tropical sun immerse itself in the Caribbean, we knew the unique and varied sensations of Curacao would remain etched in our memories. Crystalline waters, profuse marine life, awe-inspiring shipwrecks and amiable people are but a few of…


Diving Freedom in a Great New Location

HABITAT CURACAO TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM AND THERISA STACK Nudging me, Therisa said, ‘Honey, shall we go for it again?’ ‘Sure,’ I replied, urging myself out of bed. I had always wanted to dive my brains out and this was my chance! Our gear was only a few steps down the stairs to the…


Diving Freedom Comes to Curacao

Find It at Captain Don’s Habitat by Stephen Frink Diving Freedom, a philosophy espoused by Captain Don Stewart, became the foundation for one of the Caribbean’s most popular dive resorts, Captain Don’s Habitat on Bonaire. In short, it implies that once divers display their C-cards, they will be assumed to be knowledgeable, self-reliant and possess…


Plaza Hotel and Toucan Divers

Curacao’s Dynamic Duo Creates Vacation Magic Text and Photography by Walt Stearns I have never had much of a passion for shore diving; climbing over rocks, negotiating the surf while dragging a camera, making a long swim out to the site. Then I discovered shore diving off Curacao, which is incredibly easy. Wade out a…


Coral Spawning by Moonlight

Coral Spawning by Moonlight: The Golden Gametes of Curacao Text and Photography by Tom and Therisa Stack Smiling at me from across the table, a sparkle in her eyes, Therisa asked, “Ready to see how corals do it?” She was referring to the ever elusive coral spawn, a mating ritual like no other. The sun…


The Hidden Dutch Caribbean Awaits

by Sara Shoemaker The residents of Curaçao haven’t rushed to share their island treasure with the rest of the world. And, since Curaçao has not historically been a main thoroughfare for tourists, a genuine island experience is not hard to come by, both topside and on the exquisitely underexplored fringing reef that surrounds the island.…