Tel.: + 599 9 6938305 | Skype: The Dive Bus, Curacao

We know you work your (dive) boots off to earn your vacation.

That’s why we work ours off, so you get what you expect and deserve.

To help you get what you expect and deserve,
check out our “small print” first – it may save you some time, too.

  • The small print

    We don’t build our diving schedule – you do.

    Instead of having a fixed activity or dive-site schedule, the first buddy teams to confirm their booking set the schedule for the rest of the day. And because we don't do crowds, there are a limited number of slots available on any dive activity, so once it’s full, it’s full. (We do do dive groups, that’s different - more info here.)

    Once you’ve confirmed your booking, one of us is allocated to your activity / activities and slots are reserved for you.

    If you have to cancel a confirmed booking, the following Cancellation Policy applies:

      • 56 – 29 days prior to arrival: 25% of the reservation is non-refundable
      • 28 – 15 days prior to arrival: 50% of the reservation is non-refundable
      • 14 – 2 days prior to arrival: 75% of the reservation is non-refundable

      • No shows, late shows or cancellations less than 2 days before the activity: 100% of the reservation is non-refundable. Where this is due to:

        • Things beyond your control, such as flight or cruise ship docking delays, or sickness (nope, hangovers don't count), we'll do our best to re-schedule your activities where possible.
        • PADI dive course paperwork issues: during your booking process, we’ll advise what paperwork you need to prepare in advance and bring with you. If you have questions or aren’t sure, please ask before confirming your booking.
        • you not being able to show proof that you’re a certified diver and date of last dive, we do our best to schedule you on a Discover Scuba Dive class instead.

        PLEASE NOTE: Because, sometimes, things do happen, we strongly recommend that you take out trip insurance. It usually costs pennies and could save disappointment as well as money.

Do I need ...

  • make a reservation?

    We don't build our dive schedule - you do, as per THE SMALL PRINT, above. As we only take small groups per Dive Bus Crew member, we can fill up months in advance - especially over holiday periods.

    A confirmed reservation guarantees:

    • the activities specified on your reservation (subject to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions)
    • in the event of price changes or government sales tax increases, the prices valid at the time of your confirmed reservation apply

    Having small dive groups also means that late cancellations, last minute date changes or no-shows can affect or disappoint our other divers, which is something we really don’t like to do. Please check out the Cancellation Policy, above.

    If you’d prefer to wait until you’re in sunny Curacao and have settled into vacation mode, call or swing by to check remaining availability and options, no worries.

    If you’re planning to be here over a holiday period, a reservation is definitely recommended.

  • ...trip insurance?

    Yes, yes and yes.

    You work hard to earn your vacation, and it isn't cheap. Neither is diving. But trip insurance is - and it may even be provided by your credit card company (worth checking out).

    Even if it's not, trip insurance usually costs pennies per vacation day and can save you a lot of money and disappointment.

    For example if you have to cancel your dives due to airline delays, injury, bad conditions, lost luggage, injury, hangover (happens a lot and we won't tell the insurance company if you don't), your trip insurance will cover it.

    Cancelling diving due to bad conditions is worst case scenario and of course, we do our best to reschedule in such events. But it's not always possible, so getting your money back under your trip insurance policy removes some of the 'ouch'.

    Long story short? Yes, take out trip insurance!
  • ...dive incident insurance?

    Yes, yes and yes!

    In the event of injury, decompression sickness, equipment loss or damage, DAN insurance is priceless and may also include trip insurance.

What about the money, honey..?

  • ...when do I pay?

    The total amount payable and due date will be shown on your Booking Form.

    Your reservation is confirmed once the total amount has been charged, typically 6-8 weeks before your first day of diving.

    Once settled, we’ll send your Booking Confirmation showing exactly what you’ve booked and paid for, start time on your first day of diving and Check-In info.

  • do I pay?

    You'll be asked to provide your credit card details when you’re ready to confirm your reservation.

    Until we receive your card details, prices and availability are subject to change.

    Your card will be charged for the amount shown on your Booking Form on or around 6 - 8 weeks before your first day of diving; the date will also be on your Booking Form. Once it's all gone through, we'll send your Booking Confirmation and Check-In info and you're all set to go :)

    Please note that we can’t accept AmEx or Diners Club, and they’re not widely accepted in Curacao.
  • do I pay for additional spends once I’m there?

    We don't store your credit card information, so we take a credit card imprint when you check-in and start an account for you. That way you don’t need to carry cash when you're diving with us, and just settle up on your last day of diving using:

    • Cash:
      US$ or local currency (ANG or NAFl, same thing, 2 names just to confuse you). ATMs dispense both US$ and local currency but usually have a 1,000 NAFl daily limit (approx. US$ 600)

    • Credit card:
      Mastercard or Visa only. Remember to ensure your bank knows you'll be using it overseas - or you may not be using it overseas :(

    • ATM / debit card:
      Most US credit/debit cards are 'read' as credit cards.
      European ATM / debit cards usually work, but not always, so check them out early in your vacation as you may have to resort to withdrawing cash.

      Most ATM/debit cards have a daily spend / withdrawal limit, so you may want to check what it is before leaving home.

Got it - what next?

Click here to complete your online Booking Form.

Don't worry: sending a Booking Form doesn't commit you to anything, it gives us the info we need to get back to you with accurate info and pricing.

Got questions first? Drop us an email . Including your diving dates in your email subject line helps us prioritise time-sensitive enquiries. We aim to get back to you within 48 hours, but it can be longer if we're all busy divin'.

Got questions and need fast answers? Skype us - it's quicker and easier to chat than email.

Meet Doris!

Your enquiries are handled by the small but beautifully formed and BUSY Dive Bus Crew (aka Doris). These are the same folks who'll be diving you, checking you in, taking care of you, fixing stuff for you, helping you out in the Dive Bus shop and generally making sure you have an awesome time here in sunny Curacao.

As we're currently doing all of the above with today's fun divers, it can take us a couple of days to get back to you (longer during the busy holiday periods), so please don't think we're ignoring you ;)