Facilities for Visitors

CARMABI Research Station

To facilitate ecological research CARMABI, originally short for the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute was founded in 1955 and has remained the largest field station in the Southern Caribbean. The field station still sits at its original, picturesque location at the opening of the Piscaderabay and reefs are found right in front of it. The number of visiting scientists has been increasing in recent years which prompted the construction of a new water-side building with lab facilities and dormitories for up to 30 people. Researchers or students that want to study Caribbean coral reefs, terrestrial systems or geology can now use these facilities for their science projects. The institute is currently visited by approx. 250 scientists a year for research purposes and by various universities for courses related to coral reef ecology. Didn’t find what you were hoping to find, shoot us an email with your questions so we can see how we might be able to help.

This website overviews some of the possibilities that now exist for conducting fieldwork or teaching classes in Curacao. To explore the possibilities for your fieldwork or classes use the pull-down tabs on little blue crosses on the left.


Hand book for Caribbean coral reef managers

Free download of the handbook for Caribbean coral reef managers


All information regarding the proposed development of Oostpunt, an area bordering some of  the healthiest reefs left in the Caribbean




Report on the state of Curacao’s reefs (2017)

Results and recommendations of the reef surveys conducted in 2015 by the Waitt Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Carmabi and many others. This report (~6Mb) overviews the state of reefs (fish, coral abundance, water quality etc.) along 140+ sites around Curacao, including Klein Curacao and the North shore and overviews the relevance and potential impact of invasive species, climate change etc. on the island’s marine ecosystems……