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Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao

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Discover underwater wonders at two terrific snorkeling sites and then wander through a historical landmark on this half-day tour in Curacao. In Caracas Bay, come upon a famous sunken tugboat, where trumpetfish, angelfish and tube coral swirl around the hull, and then snorkel in the shallow terraces of a beautiful and calm bay for more colorful sea life. After drying off, visit Fort Beekenburg, built to keep out pirates, and capture wonderful views of Spanish Water harbor.
Highlights
  • Guide tells you history of the island and safely supervises snorkeling
  • All snorkeling gear provided and expertly fitted by the guide
  • Water, lemonade, and snacks to refresh travelers between stages of the tour
  • Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Willemstad 
What to Expect
After morning pickup at your hotel, head to Caracas Bay, where you’ll receive a safety orientation and get properly fitted for snorkel equipment. At your first spot, explore the waters around a 30-foot (9-meter) tugboat, scuttled on a reef and left for marine life to colonize for decades. You’ll see moray eels, trumpetfish, and angelfish, plus Christmas tree worms that have taken over the boat’s wheelhouse . Proceed to a lesser-known snorkeling spot, where you’ll jump into the gentle water to seek out camouflaged seahorses in the shallow bay’s coral. Supervision from a guide makes this tour perfect for beginner snorkelers. Next you’ll be driven to Fort Beekenburg, where you’ll walk around the historic building and hear guide commentary about its history. Take in views of Spanish Water harbor from the surrounding bluffs, snap some photos, and climb back into the tour vehicle for return to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Tour departs from most Curacao hotels
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 1pm
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Water and/or lemonade
  • Snack
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Willemstad and East island hotels only)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • It is recommended that you wear sneakers/closed shoes or hiking shoes with a firm hold since grounds are uneven and the coral cliffs can be sharp. No flip-flops.
  • No snorkel experience required, however participants must know how to swim.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This two stop snorkel excursion was great but was made special by local guide Bernice. Both stops were walk off from the shore. The first stop was a small reef off a public beach. We saw a wide variety of small fish including trumpet and puffer fish. Then Bernice started finding
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We purchased a shore excursion while on a cruise from Shore Excursions Group. Unfortunately my husband and I both caught a virus from the ship and I got a middle ear infection, and we were unable to even leave out cabin because we felt so terrible. We contacted the excursion
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Response from CuracaoActiefCuracao, Front Office Manager at Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you very much for the review! It is much appreciated even though we weren't able to show you our island. We really hope you and your husband are doing well now and that you got home safe. Thanks again, and know that we are ready to welcome you anytime!
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We were so lucky! Bernice was our tour guide/teacher. First time snorkeling for both me and my spouse. She did such a great job in guiding us through the steps and then held our hands and pulled us through the first few minutes. It was a perfect introduction to the magical world
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Response from CuracaoActiefCuracao, Front Office Manager at Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi, A little bit delayed but we still want to THANK YOU for your review with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Bernice as your guide and a teacher for the snorkeling :-) We are happy you enjoyed. Thanks again for your review. We hope to be able to welcome you back some time again and show you more snorkel spots on the island. Sunny regards Bettina
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First time snorkeling from shore. You have to be able to swim a few yards to the snorkeling sites but it’s manageable. Be sure to bring river shoes to wear before getting into the water because the beach is full of sharp rocks. This is not a get on the boat/catamaran and then
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Response from CuracaoActiefCuracao, Front Office Manager at Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao
Responded 20 Dec 2019
Dear, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! The Tugboat and Reef tour indeed isn't a boat excursion as the beaches are easily reachable! We hope that you will come back and enjoy with us again!
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I was a little bit concerned because although this experience was not recommended for people with back problems, I took the risk...And I don't regret it. In order to go in the back part of the car, I was offered the copilot one, there it was very comfy. Moreover, once in the
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By: Curacao Actief
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53marilynp
Saint Louis, Missouri
20
Surprisingly good snorkel trip made special by local guide Bernice.
This two stop snorkel excursion was great but was made special by local guide Bernice. Both stops were walk off
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S3798HEjamesf
10
Island tour
We had the best tour ever. Our guide was Serlon, aka "Long", and he was awesome! He took us all over the island
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Michael P
Austin, Texas
224
FABULOUS DAY!!
Four of us had Javier for the day, and what a wonderful time we all had! He was SO accommodating and granted all
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OBXCruiser
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
22
Great customer service from Shore Excursions Group
We purchased a shore excursion while on a cruise from Shore Excursions Group. Unfortunately my husband and I both
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shannonh2018
10
Amazing Experience, Awesome Tour Guide
From beginning to end Curacao-Actief has been great! The booking, timely responses from my endless questions,
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TravelFunK
San Jose, California
75
Bernice is an amazing guide!
We had a remarkable trip. I way could we cover this on our own. Bernice was an incredible guide - customized our
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C1953
Mesa, Arizona
222
First Time Snorkeling, Great Teacher!
We were so lucky! Bernice was our tour guide/teacher. First time snorkeling for both me and my spouse. She did
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Karen C
10
Great day
Elmer the guide was awesome, Saw the entire island in a jeep tour. Exceeded all expectations Strongly recommend
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lisasheldon2
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
42
Exceeded expectations: personal, fun, informative
We took our family of 6–kids ages 15, 13, 11, and 8–on this tour. Our guide, Long, went above and beyond showing
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CaribeBaby
San Francisco, California
33
Great snorkeling off shore!
First time snorkeling from shore. You have to be able to swim a few yards to the snorkeling sites but it’s
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ann w
Palatine, Illinois
1611
Beautiful scenery, enthusiastic guide
We really enjoyed the off road experience of Curacao and its natural beauty. The tour guide genuinely loved his
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AnaQcn
Curacao
166
Highly recommended even if your have back problems =D
I was a little bit concerned because although this experience was not recommended for people with back problems, I
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AnnieKeystone
Keystone, Colorado
6618
Tour delivered as promised and more - best guide ever - Bernice!
We were so happy we booked this tour. Directions from ship to pick up place were very clear and we were greeted by
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ChiLuvs2Trvl
Vancouver, Canada
13558
Loved our day in Curaçao!
Our particular tour is no longer offered. Still, the company honored our booking in spite of only just two of us
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Sharon F
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
5316
Great Day in Curacao
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke several different languages. The tour is in an open air jeep, so
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