Tugboat and Reef Snorkel
See the sights of Curacao by land, and then snorkel over a reef and then a sunken tugboat on this sightseeing and snorkeling combo tour!
After being picked up at the pier, you will visit the East of Curacao, which is Curacao's most residential area. After showing you the historical city of Willemstad, you will depart for a beautiful nearby bay with calm water and great snorkeling opportunities. A shallow terrace runs between 15 and 25 feet (4.5 and 7.5 meters) deep with healthy coral, diverse fish, and even some well-camouflaged seahorses. The reef area is the perfect nursery for small colorful fish that call it home. After drying off and re-hydrating with complimentary juice and water, you will head toward an historic site: Fort Beekenburg, originally built to protect Caracasbaai from pirates and enemy nations. The trail offers a good view of Barbara Beach across the expansive harbor of Spanish Water.
Next on your Curacao tour, go snorkeling over a picturesque sunken tugboat in calm and protected waters. The fully intact 30-foot wreck sits upright in 20 feet of water; the wheelhouse is only five feet beneath the surface. After three decades below the waves, the skeletal hull is totally encrusted with coral and Christmas tree worms. The area is also teeming with tropical fish, all amenable to being photographed. After drying off and heading back to shore, you will be dropped off at the ship.
I booked this trip expecting to have a large group. There were only 3 people in the excursion. Our tour guide Bernice was knowledgeable and attentive. We got a tour of the island on the way to the snorkeling areas. WE got to the first spot and I was unimpressed by the beach area..... then we got into the water ... the reef was amazing!!!! Our tour guide found eels, octopus, rare fish, and pointed us to other amazing sights. This did not feel like the standard commercialized tour. It felt more like a local showing us her love for her island.
Reviewer: Milt Jelinowicz
Very nice tour. Our group only had two couples. The lady we had was special. She did more than expected. She had two extremes for snorkeling, us in our 60's and the other couple in their 30's. She satisfied us both. With the small group she also gave us a mini tour of the city.
Reviewer: Vincent Sciola
I had a fantastic time on this excursion. The woman who took us out was informative and attentive to our needs. She went above and beyond.
Reviewer: Terry Haugen
We booked what we expected to be a group tour, but it turned out it was just the two of us with our guide. We got a tour of the City on our way to the snorkeling sites and stopped at the old fort on the way back at the end of the diving. We had a great time.
Reviewer: Cynthia Cycon
We did this excursion in April 2017. There was a small group of six of us on the excursion. Bernice picked us up very promptly at the Mega Pier. She was actually about 20 minutes early of the appointed time. Bernice took us on a little tour of Curacao as we were traveling to our first snorkeling spot. We did three snorkeling stops in all. The snorkeling was a lot of fun, we saw a lot of interesting fish and under water sites. We visited the site of Curacao's old immigrant quarantine center, the old castle/fort then after the third snorkeling stop, Bernice did some more touring around Curacao for us. It was a lot of fun and a great value!