Surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, Klein Curacao is a sunlit pearl in the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Curacao. . This uninhabited island is approximately an 1,5-hour boat trip away from Curacao and has an intriguing history, mystery and beauty on only 1.7 square kilometers! Explorers, sun lovers, snorkelers and divers will all really enjoy a trip to diverse Klein Curacao!
Although Klein Curacao is known as a beautiful bounty island and gorgeous dive site, it also has a dark past…
Until 19th century the island was a paradise for breeding seabirds. Their excrement, called guano, fertilized the grounds, allowing vegetation to grow in abundance. However, when livestock farmers allowed their goats to roam freely around the island, the once fertile land of Klein Curacao converted back into a dreary desert.
In search of phosphate, a much sought after additive in the 19th century, the English mining engineer John Godden, stumbled upon the island in 1871. He discovered that the island had a wealth of phosphate thanks to the guano. Until 1886, more than 90 tons of phosphate was mined and exported to Europe, dropping the sea level of the island and eradicating the seabird population.
Onwards, the Dutch West India Company arrived on the island. It was the time of the slave trade. The DWIC brought many slaves from Africa to Curaçao and placed the sick in quarantine at Klein Curaçao, before letting the other slaves come ashore in Curacao. The slaves and crew members who did not survive the horrendous voyage were also buried on the island. The remains of the first quarantine building and several graves can still be found on Klein Curacao.
The Dutch West India Company also received permission to hunt the monk seal on the island, which resulted in the species becoming extinct.
Through the ages, the now low, flat island was hard to spot from the bridge of a ship, resulting in not one but many noteable shipwrecks. An iconic pink lighthouse was built in 1850, but was destroyed by relentless hurricanes in 1877. The second lighthouse was built in the interior of the island and still stands today. Despite the lighthouse and modern technologies, Klein Curacao is still a very difficult island to maneuver around due to the very strong currents and the relentless north-eastern winds. Most recently, in 1982, the large oil tanker Maria Bianca Guidesman stranded on the windward side of Klein Curacao, making it the island’s largest shipwreck abetween another four or five boats and yachts that have also fallen victim to the island.
Have we intrigued you? Do you want to discover the mystical paradise-sister island of Curacao?
Hop on the Catamaran BlueFinn as we head out 5 times a week to this beautiful, remote destination. Departure is at 8:30 am, little later than the usual, so you have time to get up, grab a bite – which can reduce the risk of seasickness - and meet us at Zanzibar, Jan Thiel Beach.
The trip to Klein Curacao is about an hour and 45 minutes by boat from Curacao. Relax on one of the many sun-protected benches, the open-air hulls or on the webbing. You will certainly get wet on the web, but you do have a front row seat when it comes to spotting dolphins! Dolphins often swim alongside the boat, play in the waves and show off their jumping skills. Somedays the trip can be wild and wet because of the waves and currents, but the reward is priceless!
From afar you can see the bounty sun-drenched bounty island and the old iconic pink lighthouse. Upon arrival at Klein Curacao, the crystal clear water is calm again, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Although the dry way to get to shore from the catamaran is with a dinghy, we recommend you to take a snorkel and swim to shore! When you go into the water, you immediately see lots of colorful fish and sea turtles all around you! Between May and August, you can even see baby sea turtles making their way from the sandy beach to the clear ocean water.
When you go ashore, explore the island while you blissfully sunbathe en route. The distance from the beach to the iconic pink lighthouse, shipwrecks and ruins is not too far for a walk. Put on your sunscreen and try to go there early as it can gradually get very hot in the middle of the island as the day progresses.
At noon, the crew is ready to serve you an extensive BBQ buffet with 4 kinds of meat from the grill (tasty fall-off-the-bone smoked Baby Back Ribs, BBQ sausage, drumsticks and hanging tender), homemade fresh pasta pesto salad and kidney bean salad, bread and our famous homemade Dutch peanut sauce! Enjoy drinks from the premium open bar: beer, wine, rum, vodka, whiskey, juices, soft drinks, water – we have it all!
At 3:00 pm we sail out, waving goodbye to this Caribbean pearl and on the wings of the wind head back to Curacao. The way back goes smoothly as we sail with the northeast trade winds and currents. Perfect conditions to kick off our famous Captains Happy Hour!! Enjoy fresh fruit and your favorite drink in your own BlueFinn cup – yours to take home as a souvenir! Watching the sunset, you cannot help but to reminisce about a beautiful day and great time on Klein Curacao.
Although Klein Curacao is only a small island in the large Caribbean Sea, it offers so much to do, for so many different interests, in such a small space. Dare devils, sun seekers, underwater admirers and for those that love total tranquility, Klein Curacao is definitely a pearl to visit!
Klein Curacao is considered one of the best diving destinations in the Caribbean Sea, thanks to its diverse and unspoiled ecosystem. The underwater world of the islands offers everything from beautiful coral reefs, to drop-offs, huge schools of colorful fish and exciting underwater caves to swim through. Klein Curacao is a suitable destination for scuba divers of all levels.
If you have your own diving equipment and tanks, you can take them with you for free. Please just let us know in advance for storage space purposes. If you want to rent diving equipment, you can indicate this through your reservation request. Our diving center Scuba Do, located on-site at Jan Thiel Beach, takes care of your medical form and equipment.
The island is very suitable for sun and sea lovers, but hikers will certainly enjoy a trip to Klein Curacao too. You can come ashore with a rubber boat, so feel free to bring your best hiking gear and see some of the sights. There is the abandoned pink lighthouse, a few shipwrecks, ruins and graves. Usually the island has very little vegetation for easy walking. Apply sunscreen as it can gradually get very hot on the island as the day progresses.
Klein Curacao is the ultimate kite surfing paradise, with steady offshore winds from January to September and waves coming in on both sides of the island. On the lee side, the water is calm, ideal to bump and jump, while more to the windward side of the island the wind picks up, waves rise, making it ideal for the more advanced wave riders. Note that Klein Curacao is an offshore place, about 1.5 hours by boat from the mainland and has limited safety (no official lifeboats), so it’s not a place for beginners! If you want to go kite surfing at Klein Curacao, you can bring your own equipment for free, just let us know in advance for storage space purposes.
Klein Curacao is pure nature. The only structures on the island are the old pink lighthouse, a private beach house and a few huts where fisherman stay when on the island. The beach is a half mile long stretch of pearly white, soft sand, ideal for sunbathing. We recommend using sunscreens with a higher SPF, because the sun can become very hot and unforgiving. You might not feel the intensity of the sun's rays because of the cool sea breeze, but you will feel the result at the end of the day if you don't take good care of your skin. Please tan responsibly.
Klein Curacao is known for its beauty under water. You can easily enter the water and snorkel anywhere on the lee side of the island. The best place to spot sea turtles is - facing shore from the boat - down the beach to the right. Here you can also swim directly to the drop-off, which is quite deep at around thirty feet. Here you can see bigger fish and below some larger hard and soft corals and sponges.
There is a more daring snorkel spot all the way to the end of the beach to the left. This spot does have a warning, because of the fairly strong currents that come around the tip of the island, creating an opposite current, pulling you out towards the tip of Klein Curacao. It is one of the best snorkeling spots with excellent depths and visibility for a snorkeler, lots of colorful fish, a good variety of hard and soft corals and a drop-off, but again, be very careful if you snorkel here that you will not be dragged out and that you return before you are tired.
* This spot is not suitable for beginner or weak swimmers. Don't try snorkeling here without fins on your feet! BlueFinn Charters provides snorkel mask and pipe. Fins are not included nor can be rented on board. Please bring your own fins from the mainland if you plan to snorkel here.
From smaller, private, motor boats to larger passenger ferry sized vessels, there are a few boat tour companies that can take you to Klein Curacao. So why choose Catamaran BlueFinn? Although it is not our policy to brag about ourselves, we are glad you asked!
Catamaran BlueFinn is managed by BlueFinn Charters, a boat company with more than 25 years of experience in the (pilot) boat industry, where skills and safety are paramount above all else. Rest assured, you are in safe and competent hands. All crew members are first aid certified.
That said, Catamaran BlueFinn is brand new, making it the newest, and at 75ft long, also the largest catamaran on the island of Curacao! On a more technical side, catamarans in general favor other types of boats, because they have natural buoyancy, making them unsinkable. Seasickness is slim to none, because catamarans are very stable, have little to no heeling, and don’t roll at anchor. If you are susceptible to seasickness, our extra-large catamaran is definitely the right choice.
Being a sailing catamaran you get to enjoy a 2-in-1 boating experience. On the way out, we travel by motor, on our way back to Curacao, we hoist sails and on the wings of the wind sail back to the mainland.
On the fun side, the extra-large webbing that our catamaran offers is unique to the experience! Jump on, get wet and see dolphins swimming under you. But really bringing everything to life is the unforgettable crazy crew! One of a kind, full of energy and wit, they take care of your every need from the moment you arrive at the pier, all the way through puking, lunch, happy hour and beyond! They prepare a mean BBQ buffet and serve cold drinks all day long! They are the ones who made our Captains Happy Hour famous…! Come see why!
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Catamaran BlueFinn travels 5 times a week to beautiful Klein Curacao: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Departure is at 8:30 am at Zanzibar, Jan Thiel Beach, where we return around 5:00 pm.
The trip is all-inclusive: catamaran, crew, extensive BBQ lunch, premium open bar, snorkel mask and pipe. You pay US$ 120,- for this full day trip, children aged 4 to 12 pay US$ 60,- while younger kids (0-3 years) travel for free.
If you are looking for a more private experience for a group of up to 10 people, you can also choose to charter our 38ft Sportsman Yacht Balkan or if you have a group of up to 20 people, you can charter our recreational motor yacht Kailani. If interested, please contact us for a personalized quote.
Don’t hesitate! Step aboard the Catamaran BlueFinn and let Curacaos newest and largest Catamaran take you there!