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Diving with… Luis Pinheiro, ScubaCaribe, Aruba, Caribbean

Caribbean DTA Team



In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…

What is your name?

Luis Pinheiro

What is the name of your business?


What is your role within the business?

Dive Center Manager.

How long has the business operated for?

Since 1992 (location Aruba since 2014).

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

Since 2014. I’m an PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

What is your favorite type of diving?


If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

Aruba is a perfect spot for wreck diving, as we have some treasures of the Second World War. We even have two passenger planes that were intentionally sunk for the diving community.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Jane Sea wreck, as it’s a wreck covered in corals, providing the opportunity for small and big marine life to hide and rest in the wreck.

What types of diving are available in your location?

From PADI Discover Scuba Diving programs all the way up to Rescue Diver courses. For certified divers there are several wrecks, and we have some nice areas that are fantastic for underwater photography.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

The possibility of exploring all the underwater life, from wrecks to all the fauna and flora.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

As I like photography it’s difficult to choose. My all-time favourite has always been the octopus and all the Mollusca group.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

Yes, we are growing as a dive centre and Aruba is a destination with a lot of potential regarding diving. There are some possibilities of working with local companies to help turtles, lionfish hunting or even coral restoration.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

We are quite new in the Aruban market, so I would say the time that it takes to put the ideas into practice.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

We are globally involved, yes.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

The industry must insist, emphasize, educate and practise environmental awareness and sustainability. I see a lot of divers including professionals that make “exceptions” and touch certain animals or plants.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

Aruba is a gem for the dive industry, that is being polished. A lot of opportunities for wreck diving andthe possibility to see healthy corals and diverse marine life.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?



Curaçao Dive Site of the Month – Smokeys (Watch Video)

Bryan Horne



New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

Learn about – a Top 10 Dive Site in Curacao located near Eastpoint and arguably one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. 

It rivals the finest dive sites in Belize, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands.

Video produced and edited for Dive Curacao, by NaturePicsFilms.

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Coral Spawning Predictions for Curacao and the Southern Caribbean

Bryan Horne



The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has released its 2022 annual coral spawning prediction calendar for Curacao and the south Caribbean.  This calendar plays a central role in studying the reproductive biology of Caribbean corals and guiding coral restoration efforts for the southern Dutch Caribbean islands.

Based on these predictions, researchers are able to harvest coral gametes that are reared to larvae that can be used to cultivate future coral colonies.

Coral spawning is a miraculous event where entire coral colonies, prompted by the lunar cycle, sunset time and water temperature, release gametes (eggs and sperm) simultaneously. Gametes of one species fertilize another to become fertilized embryos that settle on the ocean floor after days to weeks.


As divers, being able to witness a spawning event is a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scene as the entire reef becomes engulfed in a blizzard of future corals.

Each year, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) releases a calendar to predict when each species of coral is expected to spawn. During these events, researchers from CARMABI, in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire and Reef Renewal Curaçao, also collect gametes to be used to grow new corals in a laboratory setting.

Photo credit = CARMABI

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