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.
This is the second time I booked the same excursion. The small size of the tour and the locations they go to was the reason I went back for a second time. The tub boat itself is OK, but the small beach that is the first stop is one of the best I have seen in the Caribbean. The number of species is great plus the quantity of fish is awesome. .
The snorkeling was very good but the tour of the island and its history was an unexpected bonus. Highly recommend if looking to get away from the crowds.
Reviewer: Amy Wysocki
Our guide, Bernese, was excellent and went out of our way to show our 6 year old a great time, even handing him a sea urchin to hold! Felt like we got to see a bit of the island and learn about the local culture from our guide as well. Would absolutely do this excursion again!
Reviewer: Dixie McAllister
Snorkeled from the shore, first spot there were more juvenile fish in a very small area that we've ever seen before. Second spot the tugboat, I wasn't impressed; but, luckily there was a ton of fish heading to and away from it. Our guide was awesome. Only two other people so it was excellent.
Reviewer: C. Ray
We had 6 people on our tour with Ryan. He was on time and informative. He picked us up outside the port and had a van across the street to take to our dive sites. Snorkel gear was provided and was in good shape (compared with the duck taped equipment we used on another tour). He drove us around the island and went to an overlook for the two spots we would dive. We drove to an old fort that also had great views. Our first stop had a small shipwreck and plenty of fish. The second spot you had to swim about 200 meters to get to the actual wreck. The fish (including a water snake) were amazing. Super colorful and plentiful for sure. Ryan then drove us a more around the island and showed us neat history spots near the government building. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Curacao. Water shoes or at least something if you don't like fins are highly recommended for getting in and out of the water.