Do you need a day off, away from it all or do you just want to add a nice day trip to your already awesome vacation in Curacao? Then the 3-in-1 Snorkeling Trip is just right for you. End your week with a relaxing and also activity-packed trip along the coast of our beautiful island. We will visit the world-famous Tugboat and offer you colorful corals as far as your eyes can see.
A trip on Catamaran BlueFinn is thoroughly enjoyable, with the sun, wind and sea spray in your face. The build of a catamaran reduces the possibility of seasickness to almost non-existent, so this is a perfect choice for people susceptible to motion sickness. The crew is there to inform you about the background details of each site visited during the tour. They are also there to serve endless drinks and a delicious BBQ lunch.
A guarantee: you will be satisfied at the end of this trip. You can snorkel to your heart’s content at three different snorkel spots and scuba divers can drift dive from one spot to the next. There is a good chance that you will meet dolphins and the crew will take care of your every need.
First, we double back and meet up with our friends from the Curacao Dolphin Academy for a beloved bonus item of this trip. With a little luck, and if these wonderful creatures are willing, all passengers can jump into the water and observe the open water training from close by. This is a very unique opportunity to see dolphins frolic in the open sea.
The next stop is the Tugboat, which is visited by diving enthusiast from all over the world. You can stay in the water for as long as you want, explore the corals and the teeming sea creatures that make them their home. At noon a very satisfying lunch is served on board of Catamaran BlueFinn with endless drinks served by the crew. For dessert, a tour of the mansions in Spanish Water before we go back to the dock.
The Curacao Dolphin Academy was opened in the Curacao Seaquarium in 2002 and its mission is to inform and educate visitors about dolphins. They do this through various programs, both in their enclosed environment and on the open sea. During these excursions, Catamaran BlueFinn meets up with their friends from the Curacao Dolphin Academy to give all passengers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe dolphins up close in the open water.
A long, long time ago, a mishap with an anchor sank this small tugboat right in front of the cliffs of the Quarantine & Slave Hospital ruins. Fish, corals, eels, octopus and other marine life have since made the tugboat their home and it is a spectacle to behold. Only a few meters below surface, snorkelers can enjoy this site as much as scuba divers.
For lunch, the crew goes further into Caracas bay, where there is an even more spectacular - believe it or not - snorkeling site. If you dive or snorkel along the pier and the offshore drilling rig stationed there, you would think that an open immigration invitation was sent to the entire sea population: a multitude of fish and other marine life can be found it this area! You will want more eyes and air to continue exploring this area to the full.
In the meantime, the crew prepares a filling lunch served as a buffet on the bar. While the grill is lit, you can enjoy a drink, catch some rays and take in the view of the historic fortress of Beekenburg
To give your lunch time to digest, Catamaran BlueFinn leaves for the inlet of Barbara Beach to tour the exclusive Spanish Waters. There is so much history associated with this area because it was used by the indigenous Araways through the conquering Spanish, which led to the construction of the Beekenburg Fort seen earlier on this very same trip. As is to be expected for a Caribbean island, there are many admirers of boats and yachts settled here. You will enjoy ogling the many majestic yachts anchored in the sheltered waters with the backdrop of Table Mountain (Tafelberg). If you have ever considered living on a sunny island, you will surely be seduced by the mansions at sea on display here. Afterwards, passengers are safely returned to the departure point.
Curacao has exchanged hands several times in its early history. The British, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese all wanted this strategic port and it is no wonder that many fortifications have been found to date. One of them is Fort Beekenburg, built in 1703 to ward off invaders. It is here that Pedro Luis Brion defeated the British in 1805.
This area of Caracas bay was used as a quarantine station for ships with infectious diseases. A hospital for the sick was built next to the fort. The Quarantine Building was built in 1883 for healthy sailors. They were kept here until their full recovery.
Around the same time, in 1874, phosphate digging activities started on Table Mountain. Much later in 1912, the current mining company took over the activities that are still ongoing today. Phosphate mining was abandoned for the more profitable limestone. The quarry is also the home of the exclusive Barbara Beach Resort.
In 1925 part of the peninsula was given to Shell and they built as many as 48 tanks. After the oil refinery left, these tanks were demolished and they are nothing but a memory now. Today the entire area is reserved for (eco)tourism and recreational development, as can clearly be seen in Jan Thiel.
This entire area, extended to Seaquarium Beach, is definitely worth a visit. Of course, from a different perspective aboard Catamaran BlueFinn!