Guided Aquaboat Safari and Snorkeling Adventure

Guided Aquaboat Safari and Snorkeling Adventure

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      Willemstad, Curacao
      2 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 175
      • Aquaboat: These two-seat personal watercraft are fitted with an outboard engine, scooting over the bay and lagoon with extra comfort and stability as you pass mangrove stands and tiny islands that are home to turtles, flying fish, even dolphins.
      • Beach break: You'll head for Tugboat Beach, named after a tug that foundered off a reef there long ago but still stands proudly upright, the roof of the wheelhouse just five feet below the surface. It's one of Curacao's most popular snorkel sites, covered in coral and sponges and teeming with morays, lobsters, and multicolored fish.
      • Mountains, forts, and multimillion-dollar villas: See the long, flat summit of Tafelberg (Table Mountain) and the vacation home of the Dutch queen. Look up from Tugboat Beach to see the old "Quarantine House," a former manor estate built in 1700 that was later used to house sick sailors; just north is Fort Beekenburg, built by Dutch colonists in 1703 to guard the bay and the Spanish Water lagoon.

      Meeting point

      Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.

      Helpful hints

      Hotel pickups are available from hotels around town and they require a $15.00 pickup fee. Please advise at time of booking of your hotel's name and address.

      Please note that all departure times are based on the LOCAL time in port. Ships sometimes do not adjust their clocks to the local time in port, so it is very important to make sure you meet your tour at the correct local time.

      You can ask onboard or on shore to determine the local time, or you can go to www.worldtimeserver.com. Avoid alcohol before water activities.

      Tour allows 1 Rider per Driver only.

      Getting around

      Traveler must be able to walk approximately 0.25 miles over varying surfaces and stairs. Must be to climb up/down stairs to the boat platform unassisted. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. Avoid alcohol before water activities.

      Activity type

      Boat Tour, Water Sports

      Included amenities

      Snorkeling Gear of mask, snorkel, and kayak vest

      Tour ID

      TR-CAB-CUR-WILL-EN-1007

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for travelers 12 years of age and older.

      Weight restrictions

      For safety reasons and the effective operation of this tour, travelers must weigh less than 100 kilos to participate in this tour.

      Special comments

      Tour includes snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, kayak vest used as snorkel vest). Participants do not take fins on the jet ski, kayak, or Aquaboat tours as it takes too long for everyone to determine what size fits and how to use them.

      As tugboats go, she couldn't have tugged much.

      From a distance, she looks like a fuzzy bathtub toy, fully upright, faithfully waiting for a toddler to put her to work. She could be the subject of a beautifully illustrated children's book: The Little Tugboat that Could, Until She Couldn't Anymore and Sank. Online snorkeling forums describe this site off Tugboat Beach (also known as Baya Beach) as the best snorkel spot in Curacao, but no one seems to know the name of the ill-fated vessel, or exactly what took her to the bottom – only that it happened about a quarter-century ago, as evidenced by the carpet of sponges and marine plant life uniformly coating her deck and hull.7

      Her anchor and chain lie nearby; closer to shore are the ghostly ruins of old docks and pilings. But the tug's tale has a cheerful ending. For this little 18-footer with the stout wheelhouse is now the happy home of approximately a trillion marine creatures; they swarm and swirl steadily around and through it, no less fascinated by her presence than the humans who come for a look.

      Indeed, the fish are as fancifully named as any children's book's cast of characters: Bluestriped Grunts, Banded Foureye Butterflyfish, Beaugregory and Threespot Damselfish, Spotted Yellow Goatfish, Spanish Hogfish, Rainbow and Stoplight Parrotfish, Jolthead Porgies, Schoolmaster Snapper, Bluehead Wrasse, and Doctorfish and Surgeonfish. (Perhaps those last are to thank for the overall health of a reef that thrives in a working harbor.) The boat and the sandy bottom she rests on are an underwater garden of Knobby Brain Coral, Branching Fire, Venus Sea Fans, Corky Sea Fingers, Yellow Pencils, Orange Cups, and Elkhorn, a coral that grows into the shape of exactly what it's named after.

      Just a few feet farther out, past Giant Anemones, Long-Spined Urchins, Feather Duster Worms, Flamingo Tongues, Donkey Dungs, and Brown Vase Sponges, the bay floor drops steeply, crystalline brightness giving way to deepening darkness. Here the children's story has room for mystery and imagination.

      Your guide may know more about The Little Tugboat – maybe even her name. If not, this underwater wonderland inspires countless stories all by itself, any one of them perfect for bath time.

      Masha danki, dushi

      Curacao's delightful stew of cultures can be summed up in two words: bon bini – Papiamento for "welcome." The island's official language is a creole of African, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Spanish, ancient Latin, a little French, Arawak (the original inhabitants of much of the Caribbean), even some Native American. (Most islanders also speak English, Dutch, or Spanish.) You'll really feel welcome if a local calls you dushi (basically, "sweetie"); don't forget to say masha danki when someone does something nice for you. The philosophy on expressing yourself in Korsou is also easily summed up: Un idioma nunka ta sufisiente – "One language is never enough."

      Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.

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