From Willemstad: Tugboat Reef Snorkel and Fort Beekenburg

4.6 / 5

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From Willemstad: Tugboat Reef Snorkel and Fort Beekenburg

From US$ 65 per person

Get off the beaten path and travel to the scenic sites of Curaçao by 4WD vehicle. See the amazing wreck of a tugboat that is now encrusted in corals and home to many tropical fish. Discover remote locations that you wouldn't find on your own.

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  • Snorkel next to the famous wreck of a tugboat
  • Admire impressive drop-off coral formations
  • Visit historic Fort Beekenburg
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Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the cruise ship terminal, and then head to an impressive snorkeling site with beautiful coral formations. Lie still in the calm waters or drift in the warm waves of the Caribbean Sea. Continue to the legendary Tugboat dive site to see the mostly intact remains of the 30-foot wreck of a tugboat siting upright in 17 feet of water. After three decades beneath the waves, the skeletal hull is now encrusted with spectacular corals, where many tropical fish come to swim. Dry off and rehydrate with water and lemonade before going to Fort Beekenburg, built to protect Caracasbaai from pirates and enemy attack. Get a great view of Barbara Beach across the expansive harbor before making your way back to Willemstad.
  • Pickup and drop-off at most hotels in Willemstad, the east side of the island, and the cruise ship terminals
  • Professional guide and driver
  • Transportation by open 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser or minivan
  • Snorkeling equipment, including mask, snorkel, fins, and floating device/life vest
  • Water and lemonade
  • Lunch

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  • It is recommended you wear your swimming costume underneath your clothes as there are no changing facilities at the first stop
  • Bring towels and sun protection. A hat or cap is recommended
  • Previous snorkeling experience is not required, but participants should be able to swim
  • This tour is not suitable for people with joint or back problems, pregnant women, or children under 6 years old
  • Leave all valuables such as credit cards, passports, and expensive cameras in your room as the vehicle will be unattended when you visit often desolate and remote sites
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate
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4.6 /5

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The guide picked us up at the cruise pier. English speaking guide, very friendly. Practically private tour, just one more couple. She took us to see various sights and neighborhoods in the city. We made two diving spots, both starting at the beach. The first in a coral formation and the second in a sunken ship. Equipment provided by the guide.

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February 19, 2020

The guide was fantastic, friendly, entertaining and did know everything about snorkeling but also about Antillian culture. I loved the trip!

January 25, 2020

The snorkeling itself was great - both spots are absolutely worthwhile. However, we spent more time in the car than in the water, as we were guests from two other hotels, both of which are completely secluded. For the route from Willemstad to the spot, it took us almost 90 minutes instead of 30 minutes - the same game on the way back. The use of another vehicle would be important here - or hotels as remote as this are not approached.

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January 5, 2020

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