PortoMari Sports

On the plantation of Porto Mari you will find Porto Mari Sports, a professional PADI 5* dive center. The diveshop is located on the most beautiful beach of Curaçao. The white sandy beach with clear and calm water is a true paradise for divers and snorkelers. The unique double reef offers endless snorkeling and diving opportunities, for both novice and advanced water sports enthusiasts!

Do you want to get acquainted with diving, refresh your diving skills or do you want to work as a professional? It’s all possible at Porto Mari Sports.

We are a full-service dive shop and offer a complete range of PADI dive courses, from an discover scuba diving to divemaster internships in addition to a wide range of specialty courses. We are focused on personal attention and we like to keep our groups small. Please contact us to book a course, a dive trip (from the shore or by boat) or simply walk in for a guided dive or to rent snorkel or dive gear.

We look forward to seeing you at Playa Porto Mari!

The double reef with the valley

Playa Porto Mari features an impressive double house reef, also known as “The Valley”, and is ideal for both novice and experienced divers.

The first reef is close to the beach and starts a bit behind the raft. On the map you can see the reef (in brown) with the sandy plains (in yellow) with the different depths. The area is big enough to make several dives and to discover everything quietly.

On the reef we have a wide variety of underwater flora and fauna. We regularly have meetings with the spotted eagle ray or a beautiful green or hawksbill turtle. For those looking for a bit smaller, there is also plenty to find and you might spot a flamingo tongue, a seahorse, or a frogfish.

Due to the average pleasant water temperature that varies from 25 to 29 °C (77 to 85 °F), excellent visibility, and little to no current, you are assured of an enjoyable and relaxing dive any day of the year!

The beach

Playa Porto Mari is equipped with all the comforts that make diving as enjoyable as possible. You park your car in the secured parking lot under the solar panels. There are sinks, toilets and showers. Furthermore, you can comfortably assemble your dive equipment and let it dry after diving.

In between dives, you can visit the bar or restaurant for a snack and a drink or a healthy meal.

We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful dive site.

Our team

Our team usually consists of four or five instructors and two or three divemasters who we have trained ourselves, or are still in training.

Together we speak five languages fluently: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish!

Hi, I’m Sander. I have been working at Porto Mari Sports for the longest time, since 2017. Since February 2021 I am also an instructor. I come from Dronten (Flevoland) and used to work as an IT professional.

I also became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and am also an instructor at IDD. I am also the equipment specialist of the team: so you can contact me for all your technical questions about your diving equipment. I can also give you the equipment specialist course. After all these years, I still prefer to dive at Porto Mari’s house reef.

Hi, I’m Joost. I have been working at Porto Mari Sports since 2020. After a career as a product manager in Tilburg, I came to Curaçao with my wife in 2019.

I am currently a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and also an instructor at IDD, and soon IDC Staff Instructor. I like to teach you how to hunt lionfish and as a wreck and drift diving instructor I also like to take you to the Superior Producer wreck or on a trip with the dive charter to the East Point. I also enjoy guiding our divemasters.

In the Netherlands I played football for many years. I also like to follow football in Europe. My favorite dive site on Curaçao is Tarpon Bridge on the north side.

My name is Kasper and I have been with Porto Mari Sports since 2019, first as an instructor and since the end of 2020 also as a manager/owner. In a previous life I was a university researcher and lecturer and as a sociolinguist specialized in West Africa.

I am now a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and also an instructor at IDD. Except on Porto Mari, I like to dive at Double Reef and with the current. I like to take people underwater for the first time, but you can also come to me for a deep dive or sidemount course.

I am a father of two children and together with my wife Caroline I also run Annidas Sambuyá Studios and Apartments in Julianadorp.

Hi there. I’m Magic Mike, the dive instructor who’s all about fun and adventure. I have explored incredible dive sites around the world, from Thailand and the Philippines to Mexico, and joined Porto Mari Sports in June 2023 after becoming an instructor earlier that year.

With years of experience as a divemaster and in tourism, I teach with a smile and make sure every dive is unforgettable. Whether you’re new to diving or an expert, I bring excitement and safety together.

Get ready for an amazing underwater journey with me. Let’s dive into the wonders beneath the surface and create lifelong memories.

Hi! We are some of the faces of the divemasters trained at Porto Mari Sports. We are between 18 and 60+ years old. So far we’re from the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Argentina, and the United States. Sometimes we’re part of the team for 4 to 6 weeks, but often also for 4 to 6 months. We do this as a study internship, as a sabbatical from work or school or as a stepping stone to a (second) career in the diving industry. Some of us have even become instructors. Together we have a lot of stories to tell.

Are you also looking forward to such an adventure? Then contact us and who knows, you might be our next divemaster in training.