Curacao Coastal Kayak and Snorkel Adventure

Curacao Coastal Kayak and Snorkel Adventure

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      Willemstad, Curacao
      2 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 70
      • Kayaking: Follow your guide southeast across Caracas Bay to a reef 16 feet deep, passing under old piers and over red sponges clearly visible in the crystal-blue water.
      • Snorkeling: That reef snagged an old tugboat a few years back, making it one of Curacao's most popular snorkel spots. The boat sits upright 15 feet below the surface, encrusted with coral and sponges and teeming with morays, lobsters, and multicolored fish.
      • Sightseeing: On a cliff above the beach stands 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.

      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

      Adventure, Water Sports

      Included amenities

      Snorkeling Gear of mask, snorkel, and kayak vest

      Tour ID

      TR-CAB-CUR-WILL-EN-1004

      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 kayak 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.

      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. There 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.

      Getting bombed in Curacao

      Snorkeling in Caracas Bay reveals the remnants of a refinery that was a vital source of Allied oil from Venezuela during World War II, making it a target of German U-boats and bombers. British and French troops were stationed there after Germany overran the Netherlands in 1940, and destroyers still moor at the pier you'll kayak past on the way to the snorkel site.

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

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      Willemstad, Curacao
      Change of clothes
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring snack
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring water shoes
      Wear light clothing
      Wear Sunglasses
      Swim wear

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