The Superior Producer is a 240-foot freight vessel that sank in 1978 just after leaving the port of Willemstad, Curacao because of shifting load balance. After the news has been spread over the island, literally hundreds of divers – experienced and non-experienced – grabbed a tank and went down to the ship to get their share of jeans and t-shirts. The vessel is located at 100 feet of depth, so it is quite dangerous for an inexperienced diver to go down there.
Nowadays, it is THE perfect wreck dive site on Curacao. Not only because of its convenient location – you can do it as a shore dive from the Megapier Cruise Ship Terminal – but also because it is intact and in good shape.
The wreck is wholly covered with beautiful coral and sponges, and black soldierfish can be found in the loading bay. We have also seen Tarpoons and large Barracudas in the front section of the wreck, as well as a nice balloonfish in the cabin.
The ship is located at a short swim from the shore, directly at the sandy bottom of the reef in front of the Megapier. The best thing is to swim to the marker buoy that is connected to the wreck and then start your descent. Don’t waste any air or time as this is a relatively deep dive and you will need to watch your deco time.
The loading bay is open, so you can easily enter, maybe you still find a bottle of rum or a t-shirt!
It’s best to start at the rear end of the ship, which is also the deepest part of the ship, and make your way up to the loading bay and the front section, which is at approximately 80 to 90 feet. You can also go inside the cabin or inside the engine room, but you should know what you’re doing. The loading bay is open, so you can easily enter, maybe you still find a bottle of rum or a t-shirt!
Should you dare to enter the cabin, watch out as soon as you leave, there will be still air flowing out of the cabin’s roof, giving a mystical scene when seen from outside.
In summary, it was a great and exciting dive with lots of pleasant surprises. The current was low, and the visibility was excellent, as you can see in the pictures. It is very convenient to reach, the only drawback is the problematic entry at the coast.
Directions to get to the dive site: Park your car directly next to the Megapier (go about 600 feet to the right from the Megapier) where the road ends. There are signs pointing out the Superior Producer Divesite so you can’t miss it. Be careful when you enter the water, there are sharp rocks, and it is very slippery. There is a buoy connected to the wreck, so swim out to the buoy and then descend.
You should not dive when there’s a Cruise Ship at the Megapier, so inform yourself about the schedule in advance in the free “K-Pasa” magazine you get for free at many restaurants.
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