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Curacao: Jet Ski and Snorkel 1.5 Hour Adventure

1. Curacao: Jet Ski and Snorkel 1.5 Hour Adventure

Enjoy snorkeling and jet-skiing in the pristine blue waters off the southern coast of Curacao. You’ll pilot your own jet ski for about 1 hour while enjoying magnificent views of Curacao's mangroves and small islands, coves, bays, and beaches. During a 1-hour ride on your jet ski, visit the Spanish water lagoon and see the famous Tafelberg (Table Mountain), beautiful exclusive homes, and mangrove islands. Snorkel for about 30 minutes at one of Curacao's best snorkeling sites; home to a wide array of marine life. It is common to see colorful coral, morays, scorpionfish, lobsters, and schools of tropical fish. On your way back enjoy the picturesque view of an old manorial estate as well as Fort Beekenburg, a well-preserved fort that was originally built in 1703 to protect the inner bay. Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique tour of this wonderful island!

2-Hour Kayak Tour in Curacao

2. 2-Hour Kayak Tour in Curacao

Paddle across Caracas Bay and stop at Curacao's most popular snorkel spot during this 2-hour kayak tour from Willemstad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard your kayak and follow your guide to remote areas rich in tropical vegetation and wildlife. Kayak across the bay, spending approximately 20 minutes in the open water. As you paddle in the protected waters along the coast, enjoy picturesque views of Fort Beekenburg ̶ a well-preserved fort built in 1703 to protect the inner bay. Land at a deserted stretch of beach for some of the best snorkeling on the island. Enjoy the natural underwater beauty, as well as the remoteness of the location. See amazing aquatic life such as colorful coral, morays, scorpion fish and lobsters. Before heading back, cool off with a refreshing swim at the beach. Above the beach you can see an old manorial estate known as the Quarantine house, which was built in 1700 and was used for the treatment of sailors. Conclude your excursion with a serene 30-minute paddle back across the bay.

Willemstad: Punda Shops and Kokomo Beach City Tour

3. Willemstad: Punda Shops and Kokomo Beach City Tour

We start the tour with a drive trough the Otrabanda Area and then crossing the Queen Juliana Bridge, we will drive through the beautiful neighborhood of scharloo full of baroque mansions and Street Art. Next we will do a stop at Punda where with our own customized map you will be able to find your way around the district where you will find multiple stores for your souvenirs or maybe some cocktails or local liquor tasting, some stores with special discount only for tour participants. After the shopping time we will drive to Kokomo, the ideal beach to enjoy a quiet day, have a great lunch, try one of their delicious cocktails or just fall in love with the crystal clear water! There are lounges to relax, read a book, or just hang out with an ice-cold beer!

From Willemstad: Boat Tour to Klein Curaçao

4. From Willemstad: Boat Tour to Klein Curaçao

Enjoy a half-day or full-day boat cruise from Willemstad to the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao. After being picked up at the pier, you will be transferred to the boat shop which is approximately 30 minutes away. Step aboard your choice of comfortable yet lightning fast 43 or 50-foot, twin deck Hatteras or Bertram. Your captain and crew will do all the work for you so you can relax and enjoy your tour. Your cruise will take you along the coast past the Spanish water lagoon, the Fuik lagoon, and Duivels klip, which is an inaccessible area of Curaçao. Depending on weather conditions, you will arrive at KleinCuraçao in approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once on the island, you will have time to stroll the beach, visit the lighthouse, or snorkel the reef. Your tour includes snacks such as chips, cheese/pineapple/meat, fresh fruit, soda, water, juice, beer, and fruit punch. You will also be offered lunch, in addition to snacks and beverages.

Curaçao: Aquaboat and Snorkel Tour

5. Curaçao: Aquaboat and Snorkel Tour

Climb aboard a custom-made aquaboat for a 2-hour snorkel tour of Curaçao, and discover the colorful marine life of the Caribbean. Designed for 2 passengers, each boat is wider than a jet ski and perfect for touring. After a pick-up at the pier, transfer to the boat shop, approximately 30 minutes away. Here you will get a briefing and safety orientation before being assigned your craft. Drive your own boat to enjoy magnificent views of mangroves and small islands. See one of the Dutch Queens’ vacation homes, and cruise the coastal coves, bays, and beaches. Play in the pristine waters off the southern coast. Marvel at the luxury homes and yachts of the lagoon, as well as the famous Tafelberg (Table Mountain). Take a beach break to enjoy a refreshing swim. Then, snorkel at one of Curacao's best snorkeling sites; a tugboat shipwreck on the protected southeast side of Caracas Bay. The tugboat sank 25 years ago and is home to a wide array of marine life. It is common to see morays, scorpionfish, lobsters, and schools of tropical fish among the colorful coral. After about 40 minutes snorkel time, enjoy a picturesque view of an old manorial estate, as well as the well-preserved Fort Beekenburg, built in 1703 to protect the inner bay, en route back to the pier.

3-Hour Jewish Heritage of Curacao

6. 3-Hour Jewish Heritage of Curacao

Your first stop on this tour will be the Jewish cemetery Beth Haim. Consecrated in 1659, it is the oldest Caucasian cemetery on the island and in the Western Hemisphere. The site is also a Curacao National Monument. Then, you will visit another historic site also created as a peaceful sanctuary, the Rooi Catootje Plantation House. It dates to about 1820 and was originally known as “Rust en Vrede,” which translates to “Rest and Peace.” The house was the property of the Maduro family since 1853, when S.E.L. Maduro brought it as a gift to his wife Rebecca Curiel from her parent’s estate. The house has now been preserved as a museum. Continue to the 17th century plantation house Chobolobo, owned by a Jewish family, where Curacao liquor is produced. Tour the house and learn more about the family name and history. Before leaving, take the opportunity to enjoy samples of this famous local product. Next, continue with a drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Scharloo. Stop at the Mikveh Israel Emanuel Synagogue, or the Snoa as it is affectionately known locally, which rests on exceptionally hallowed ground. The Jewish faith has been practiced here without interruption since 1732. The congregation itself is even older, having been established in 1651. It was just this fear of persecution that drove many of Curacao’s earliest Jewish residents to relocate to the island in the first place. They were rightfully more than a little guarded about their beliefs, even upon founding their congregation and building their synagogue nearly a century later. That’s one of the main reasons why you’ll find a sand floor in the Snoa today. The floor pays homage to those earliest Jewish settlers in Curacao who had to muffle the sounds of their footsteps and prayers when meeting in secret during the Spanish Inquisition.

Explore Curacao Spanish Lagoon and Snorkeling

7. Explore Curacao Spanish Lagoon and Snorkeling

Sail the ocean with an expert captain to the exclusive beautiful Spanish water lagoons of Curacao on a 3-hour boat cruise. Step aboard a 50-foot, 2 deck yacht and relax in the Caribbean sun as your captain and crew do all the work. Sunbathe or sit back and enjoy a drink while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Spanish water lagoon. During your cruise, stop at one of the island’s most beautiful beaches where you can take a quick splash in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Stop at one of Curacao's best snorkeling sites, where a tugboat shipwreck lies on the protected southeast side of Caracas Bay. The tugboat sank 25 years ago and is now home to a wide array of marine life. Snorkel among colorful coral, morays, scorpionfish, lobsters, and schools of tropical fish.

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What people are saying about Willemstad

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Our guide was Emilen (sp?) and he was interesting and informative. We hot a good overview of Jewish life and history in Curacao. I wish we could have visited the newer synagogue too, but otherwise worthwhile tour. One significant issue: accessibility. I am deaf and asked to sit where I could see/speechread guide. However there was a couple with mobility issues who had great difficulty getting in/out of van. The people in front refused to move, and the tour staff did not negotiate on behalf of couple. Since many ppl on cruise are older, need vans or buses with easier accessibility.

Awesome adventure! There were 4 of us on this private tour. They took great care to make sure we had the best experience. I highly recommend this this activity to anyone traveling to Curaçao. Even if you have never been on a jet ski you will have the time of your life. I will be booking again on my next visit to the island. Don’t miss this experience!!!

Definitely recommend! Was a very unique experience and the guide was top notch! Worth repeating

Great experience

Rosmary was an excellent guide, the trip was nice and the snorkeling was great!!

It was a lot of fun. Don't forget sturdy bathing shoes. Beach is rocky.