Curacao Coastal Kayak and Snorkel Adventure
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.
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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.
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