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Curacao: Jet Ski and Snorkel 2-Hour Adventure

1. Curacao: Jet Ski and Snorkel 2-Hour Adventure

Enjoy a day of snorkeling and jet-skiing in the pristine blue waters off the southern coast of Curacao. You’ll pilot your own jet ski while enjoying magnificent views of Curacao's mangroves and small islands, coves, bays, and beaches. After a 2-hour ride on your jet ski, reach the lagoon and the famous Tafelberg (Table Mountain). Here, have a beach break and enjoy a refreshing swim. Snorkel at one of Curacao's best snorkeling sites; a tugboat shipwreck home to a wide array of marine life. It is common to see colorful coral, morays, scorpion fish, lobsters, and schools of tropical fish during your 40-minutes of snorkeling. 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!

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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.

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From Willemstad: Boat Tour to Klein Curaçao

3. 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.

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Curaçao: Aquaboat and Snorkel Tour

4. 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.

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Curaçao Half-Day and Full-Day Fishing Tours

5. Curaçao Half-Day and Full-Day Fishing Tours

Whether you’re an experienced off-shore pro fisher, or planning your first deep sea fishing trip, Curaçao is the best place to visit. Located in the beautiful waters of the southern Caribbean, set sail on board a 43-foot Hatteras sport fishing vessel on an exciting half-day or full-day excursion. Get out on the ocean blue in expert company to target different species of fish, including blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, and barracuda, depending on the season. You never know what might be on the end of your line! A Bertram 50-foot fishing boat can handle rougher seas when required, and comes with all the luxury fittings you need to enjoy your fishing tour. Each boat is fully rigged with fishing gear, bait, and an expert crew. On the full-day option you can combine your fishing charter with a lunch break at one of the stunning beaches of Curaçao, or at Klein Curaçao, a remote Island about 15 miles from the city.

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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.

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Curacao: Sunset Yacht 2-Hour Private Tour

7. Curacao: Sunset Yacht 2-Hour Private Tour

After being picked up at the pier, transfer to the boat shop which is approximately 30 minutes away. Step aboard your comfortable 50-foot, twin-deck yacht. Your captain and crew will do all the work for you so you can relax and enjoy your tour. Your 2-hour cruise will take you along the coast past the Spanish Water Lagoon and Fuik Lagoon. You will also pass Jan Thiel and the Sea Aquarium. Keep your eyes open for flying-fish and keep a lookout for dolphins as you sail over to the town of Willemstad. Relax on the boat with a refreshing drink and enjoy some snacks as you watch the Caribbean sunset. Yacht staff will be serving chips, cheese, fresh fruit, soda, water, juice, beer, and fruit punch for a perfectly pampered Caracao evening. 

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Boat Tour of Curacao Spanish Lagoon and Snorkeling

8. Boat Tour of Curacao Spanish Lagoon and Snorkeling

Sail the ocean with an expert captain to visit 2 of the most beautiful 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

4.5 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Very nice day trip. Crew very nice and ready to help, boats in very good condition. Despite the very turbulent sea, we never had the impression that we were in danger. The ride with the racing boat was a new but very nice experience :-) The island is beautiful in and of itself, but does not correspond to the usual Caribbean cliché without plamen. There was a delicious lunch - burgers that were grilled on site and pasta, as well as drinks as much as you wanted throughout the day ... (beer, cola, water etc.) We would like to praise the entire crew and make the tour 100% recommend.

Very funny

It was excellent. Although they did not pick us up and we called, then they added us to another group, but we had a great time. All the super attentive guides and both the kayak ride and the snorkeling on the beach we liked very much. Do not really miss this ride. It is economical and they have a great time. They do not have to be experts in kayaking, the guides are very attentive!

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

Well worth it! nice people and lots of beautiful things seen and done. Recommended!

Great experience

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