These eastern dive sites are home to healthy and thriving coral reefs which are favoured by the local dive community. The reason that these reefs are in such good condition is that the eastern part of Curacao is privately owned and has little coastal development. This is in contrast to the reefs of the west, especially around the capital of Willemstad, which are heavily affected by humans, mostly because of poor waste management. Plastics (bags, wrappers) in the water are killing marine life through entrapment or through ingestion. At today’s beautiful sites though coral reefs were thriving and many of the bigger marine creatures were spotted; we saw spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus Narinari), green turtles (Chelonia Midas), and even a black tip shark (Carcharhinus Limbatus).