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Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao provided by Curacao Actief

Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao

Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao
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Tour snapshot
Guide tells you history of the island and safely supervises snorkeling
Duration:
4h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
9
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Go snorkeling at two of Curacao's top sites, and see historic Fort Beekenburg, on a single tour. As you’ll reach both spots by land, this tour is great for those who get seasick and don't want to head far out to sea on a boat. Hear guide commentary as you snorkel safely at a reef and a submerged tugboat, and avoid the hassle of driving with hotel pickup and drop-off.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Dutch, Spanish
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Dutch, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Willemstad and East island hotels only)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pickup at all ports of Curacao All hotels with exemption of Westpunt area: Guest of the Westpunt area needs to come to town to be able to join this tour
  • Ports:
  • Curaçao Cruise Terminal, 437M+WH7, Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Mathey Wharf, 4358+MCH, Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Willemstad and East island hotels only)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pickup at all ports of Curacao All hotels with exemption of Westpunt area: Guest of the Westpunt area needs to come to town to be able to join this tour
  • Ports:
  • Curaçao Cruise Terminal, 437M+WH7, Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Mathey Wharf, 4358+MCH, Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

5.0
57 reviews
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Marilyn P
Saint Louis, MO3 contributions
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 more exotic sea creatures. She spotted and showed us a squid of squid, 2 different kinds of eels, a lobster, flounder, bottom fish 1 and 1. The best fish was a Curacao xx. It was disguised in the sand waiting for its prey. It felt us and swam away spreading beautiful underwater wings with a blue trim. We have never seen this type of fish. What might have been a short time turned out to be a long and interesting snorkel.

The second stop was a short ride away at the site of a sunken tug boat. It was a short but rocky walk to the water. Not too bad. We saw lots of smaller reef fish including large numbers of needle fish as well as 12 squid, a scorpion fish, a green spotted eel, octopus and xx worms. The tug boat was interesting but was small so we didn't spend much time there. After drying off, we took the long way back to the ship seeing other visas and the largest resort on the island.

This was a reasonably priced tour that offered only water, a helpful guide and transportation. We didn't need alcohol or food for a tour lasting from 8:30 to 12:30. We got that on the ship.

The operator was easy to find at the end of the pier area. They had a sign with our name on it. Bernice warmly welcomed us. It turned out my wife and I were the only two on this excursion but Bernice sparkled nonetheless. Bernice demonstrated that she is proud of her town and took her time to show it to us. She was flexible with the tour and showed us part of the city while we waited for the clouds to clear in the morning. Most importantly, she was great in the water finding fascinating sea creatures. If you book this excursion, ask for Bernice!
Written January 27, 2020
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CuracaoActiefCuracao
Thank you so much for your review. Bernice will be so happy and proud when I will forward your review to her. We hope you will visit Curacao in the future again: there is still a lot to discover both under and above water. With kind regards from all of us at Curacao Actief
Written January 30, 2020
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OBXCruiser
Kitty Hawk, NC4 contributions
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 company the day before and told them we would not be able to go on the excursion. I called the company once we returned home and they gave us a full refund even tho the company had a 14 day cancellation policy! We look forward to being able to enjoy this excursion one day if we ever get back to Curacao but I just want to applaud this company for wonderful customer service!
Written January 22, 2020
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CuracaoActiefCuracao
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!
Written January 23, 2020
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shelleyWhitecourt
whitecourt12 contributions
We had the pleasure of going on this excursion on Feb 10,2020 with Bernice as our guide. I went on three different snorkelling trips during our cruise and this was by far the best. Bernice shared her love of the island and gave us an informative history and culture lesson as we drove throughout the island. She escorted us in the water and pointed out interesting marine life. (the other excursions had you go by yourself more like a boat taxi dropping you off.) Her enthusiasm and sence of humor were fabulous. There were 2 women from Ontario and 1 couple from Alberta in this amazing small group excursion and we all agreed that it was excellent. When we got our instructions for the meeting place it seemed a bit confusing but in actuality is was simple with Bernice waiting for us at an obvious location at the gate. THANKS BERNICE
Written February 21, 2020
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Jennifer S
5 contributions
We arrived vis cruise ship and had a limited time on the island. We were looking for a shore excursion that could help us make the most of the time we had in Curacao. Our biggest concern was pick up and drop off. We are avid snorkelers and had previously done a different snorkeling tour in the Tugboat area and did not have a pleasant taxi experience. They sent an email with very easy directions for where to meet at the Megapier cruise port. Within minutes of stepping off the cruise ship we met up with our tour guide Long and were on our way. It ended up with just my friend and I on our own "personal" tour. Long took us to several of the best snorkeling sites in Curacao. He made sure at each location that we had enough time to see everything that we wanted too before heading to the next location. He even took us to additional site seeing locations that were not on our scheduled tour before taking us back to the Megapier drop off. We look forward to going again and trying out their Wonderful World of Water tour. Thanks for a great experience!
Written March 7, 2020
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Carole S
Alexandria, VA14 contributions
Family
We did this tour when we stopped in Curacao during our cruise.
Gitland was our tour guide and he was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the history of the island, about local wildlife and about everything Curacao!
We went to two snorkeling areas and the water was so clear, tons of fish and our guide showed us lots as we were snorkeling.
We would do this tour again in a heartbeat and we can’t wait to come back and experience the beautiful island.
Written February 12, 2018
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Dear Carole, I know a little bit delayed but we still like to THANK YOU for your great review and feedback on your tour with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Gitland as your guide and that you would tour with us again. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back to Curacao some time again. Thanks again for your review, we appreciate it very much. Sunny regards, Bettina
Written March 14, 2018
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ColoradoWaldo
Longmont, CO11 contributions
Couples
Ryan was our guide for this tour. I had never snorkeled before & he was great at choosing a starting point to help me ease into the process while allowing the others to see something new while they stayed close by. I opted out of the tugboat portion (as I wasn't very confident in my comfort level being too far from shore), but the prelude to that was another swim at Tugboat Beach & that was still thrilling to participate in. We always felt comfortable with Ryan & he was very good at ensuring everyone in our group was included. Afterward we toured an old Quarantine infirmary, Ft Beekenburg, a local distillery & then went to the top of Ft. Nassau for an amazing view of the Sint Annabaai & the city. Ryan was a wealth of knowledge about the city & an extremely competent snorkeling instructor. Absolutely wonderful outing & the highlight of our time in Curacao! Highly recommend!
Written March 19, 2019
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Hi, A little bit delayed but we still like to THANK YOU for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Ryan as your guide. Thanks again for your review. We appreciate it very much. Sunny regards, Bettina
Written May 4, 2019
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SDS119
Richmond, VA20 contributions
Friends
We went on a cruise to the Panama Canal. One of the excursions we decided to take was the Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour booked through Costco. This was my favorite of all our excursions. I love to swim and snorkel. Most snorkel tours only allow you a short amount of time to snorkel....not this one. We had plenty of time to snorkel at both the reef and the tugboat. All gear is provided. But the absolute pure gem of our trip was our guide, Bernice. She's personable, funny, very out-going and was just a joy to be around. The water was VERY clear and beautiful. The variety of fish was excellent and amazing. But again, the thing that made this a GREAT tour was our guide, Bernice.
Written March 11, 2019
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Hi, A little bit delayed but we still like to THANK YOU for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Bernice as your guide and that you felt you had enough time to snorkel at each stop. Thanks again for your review. We appreciate it very much. Sunny regards, Bettina
Written May 4, 2019
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Sunnys_Day
Portland, OR126 contributions
Friends
Stopped in Curacao while on a cruise and had the best day on land in the entire 10 day cruise trip. Bernese picked us up at the ship and we got very lucky - all the other people that had signed up for the day did not show up so the three of us got a private tour! She gave us a history drive tour of the island and then took us to several sites to snorkel. The day was spectacular with the highlight being Bernese herself. She was fun, funny, smart and very engaging! I would go to Curacao just to spend the day with her again.
Written March 23, 2018
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Hi, Thank you so much for your great feedback on your tour with us and of course your guide Bernese (Bernice). She will be happy to hear that you would be coming back to Curacao to spend the day with her! Thanks so much Bettina
Written April 9, 2018
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Dread_Pirate_R0berts
Lake Jackson, TX47 contributions
Friends
Curacao has many great dive spots. Tug Boat ain't one of them. It is a bit far out and a long drive to find. The Boat is in 10' of water. I went over the edge and salvaged the dive by doing that, but it wasn't a pretty dive. I like the columns in the water.

It was also crowded by students. It is a good beginner dive. Since I have a place on the island I am glad I did it just to have first hand knowledge of the site but I have no desire ever to do it again.
Written November 14, 2017
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Dear Dread_Pirate_R0berts, Thanks for your review on the Tugboat. It does not seem that you were on tour with us (Curacao-Actief). Your review with a rating of 2 stars effects our listing on Tripadvisor as a company. Your review has nothing to do with us as a company but will effect us. Would you please be so nice and link it to the location and not to us a s company? Thank you very much. We appreciate the correction very much. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions. Thank you Curacao Actief
Written November 21, 2017
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AnnieKeystone
Keystone, CO109 contributions
We were so happy we booked this tour. Directions from ship to pick up place were very clear and we were greeted by a rep with a sign with our name on it. Our tour guide, Bernice was extraordinary. She is a 5th generation Curacaian with a charming and energentic personality. She shared interesting information about her home while taking us to two beach areas. The first was a local's snorkel site in order to avoid expected cruise ship visitors to the tugboat. Although we are experienced snorkelers, she assisted us to make sure our masks and gear fit properly and comfortably. She took us to the nearby reef and had us follow her so we could see the special fish species she found and explained. By the time we went to the tugboat, the masses had cleared out. Bernice doved down to collect sea stuff to offer and attract the fish. We enjoyed the boat and the many stunning sea life and coral. After some more touring, she drove us right up to the cruise ship entrance. Bernice - you are the best!
Written November 30, 2019
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Having visited Sheta Boka multiple times during the last 5 years, it is still as breath taking as the first time. T
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Amazing sights 🤩
The most amazing sights! Truely worth the visit. The entree fee is 9 euro's and you could either walk or drive to a
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Awesome Tour of Northern Curacao
Really enjoyed this tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Curacao and everything about t
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Great day out with a great guide
This was a great way to see the wilder side of the island. Long was a wonderful guide - entertaining, informative,
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Very interesting tour and capable guide
We appreciated the knowledge of our guide, Kenneth(?). He was very informative about the area and showed us lots of
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Best tour on the island!
It was amazing! Was the best guided tour on the island, it's like a family and you can see everything, they know al
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An amazing tour with a wonderful guide!!
This trip is well worth the money. Long was a fabulous guide and taught us so much about the wildlife, plants, and
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Great day
Elmer the guide was awesome, Saw the entire island in a jeep tour. Exceeded all expectations Strongly recommend
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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 wi
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Beautiful scenery, enthusiastic guide
We really enjoyed the off road experience of Curacao and its natural beauty. The tour guide genuinely loved his isl
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Great Day in Curacao
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke several different languages. The tour is in an open air jeep, so b
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Explore the natural beauty of Curacao
Our small group met Alan, our guide, outside the port gates. Prior to leaving he began informing us of the islands
viangelo
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Great time and guide
We went on the jeep tour and enjoyed every minuten of it! It was a tour by a local guide named Long. He showed us t
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THE BEST!
Serlon "Long" was a fabulous tour guide! He is very kind, accommodating, laid back, and knowledgeable. He spent e
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The BEST Excursion on Curacao...maybe the BEST I have EVER taken anywhere!!!
I can not say enough positive things about this tour! I had the time of my life and would HIGHLY recommend this tr
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