Tugboat Wreck
Tugboat Wreck
4.5
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Curaçao, Caribbean

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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JonDeaux
Atlanta, GA9 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Incredible snorkeling experience, a true hidden gem. My family of 5, kids ages 12, 10, 8 took a taxi here from the cruise port for $10/ person one way. We had brought our own Snorkel gear which I recommend.
There is a local shack right there for light snacks, cokes, and rentals if needed.
There is also a guy renting the water thrusters which the kids loved.
Amazing snorkeling and within distance of the tugboat.
To get back, we scheduled a time with the same taxi driver 4 hours later. However, we were done after 3 hours and contacted him via Whatsapp.
What would have cost $800 U.S. with a tour was $140 and worth so much more.
Written January 17, 2024
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Kris B
6 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Probably one of the best snorkelling adventures we've had on vacation!!!

We came to Curacao on a cruise. I had done plenty of research and knew what I wanted to do. While at the port, we had a hard time finding taxi drivers who knew about tugboat beach/wreck and who would bring us.

Eventually we found an amazing gentleman who agreed to bring us to the Tugboat Wreck. We also planned to visit Directeurs Baai as we knew they were quite close. He warned us that Directeurs Baai had an issue with crime (theft and break ins) and that we would be better to leave our belongings at the wreck beach. He did inform us that Directeurs Baai now had security guards but that the wreck beach would still be the safer option.

As for snorkelling at the Tugboat Wreck...it was INCREDIBLE! The amount of coral and sea life that we saw, quite literally left me speechless. More fish than I have ever seen in one spot and there was quite a variety. The coral were huge and made for so many neat spots to explore. The wreck was really interesting, especially since it was so close to the surface of the water...No diving gear needed here. 10/10 would recommend!

The beach...It was exactly as describe in reviews/articles I read before going. It's in an industrial type area. The beach is very small and mostly rocks instead of sand. That said, for us it was a welcomed change from the last week of sandy beaches. The owners (or maybe employees) at the beach were polite, kind and helpful! He gave me advise on getting to Directeurs Baai and assured me that we would have plenty of time to get there and back before our taxi arrived. The beach also has a "make your own souvenir" area, however we didn't have a chance to try it out.

I would 100% recommend a visit to the Tugboat Wreck to anyone who has at least a few hours in Curacao. If you can afford another hour or so, take a walk up the hill to Directeurs Baai, you will not be disappointed in either. We can't wait to bring our kids back and show them one of our new favourite spots!

Go and enjoy yourself!
Written November 1, 2023
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John v
Liempde, The Netherlands4 contributions
Apr 2023
Was ok but not spectacular. Fishes are kice but in many other location you see the same fish. Still it is nice to see a wreck so close under waterlevel!
Written May 5, 2023
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WIcruiseflydrive
Grafton, WI146 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were amazed at the variety of fish that we saw at this site. We just “hovered” over the wreck and watched the fish.
Don’t be concerned about not using fins- I was and there wasn’t an issue.
The worst thing was other snorkelers not watching where they were swimming and kicking me to dive down to get their video or pictures. There were also some scuba divers who decided to set up their lesson in the midst of snorkelers which resulted in fins in faces and hitting snorkelers. Our guide was not happy with them. Yup- it got crowded.
I swam out from the wreck but didn’t see much. You might want to check some snorkeling review sites for Curacao - I looked at the briefly before our stop. Some of them had hints as to where to swim to see seahorses.
Our cruise couldn’t make ports in Aruba or Bonaire so this was a surprise stop for us.
Have fun but please be courteous of other snorkelers.
Written March 21, 2023
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Dar
Mississauga Ontario409 contributions
Jan 2023
visited this beach after stopping for Fort Beekenburg which is a 2 min car ride away. large parking lot. a beach stand w/washrooms and shaded seating. the beach itself is small-ish with some loungers but little/no shade. GO HERE FOR THE SNORKLING. the sunken tugboat is a bit of a swim out and to the left (just around the pilings) but even if you dont go all the way to the tugboat, about half way to it, the snorkling was very very good. lots of types of fish and coral. at one point i felt like i was swimming in aquarium.
so glad i visited and snorkled
will be visiting again
Written January 28, 2023
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Marie W
Rolla, MO20 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The beach here could be decent but instead it looks like a junk yard. They should dispose of all the junk and rehab the place.
Written December 30, 2022
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adrideandres
Aruba20 contributions
Aug 2022
Someone recommended us to stop at this beach and we loved this sunk boat. I would say that it was put there on purpose to attract tourists, but it is still very interesting. I wish I could dive, so I can have a closer look at it. Worth the visit.
Written September 26, 2022
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Craig A
North Atlanta, Georgia, United States641 contributions
Sep 2022
We dove here twice and saw a seahorse and a moray eel plus a lot of other sea life. Not a deep dive at all.
Written September 8, 2022
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Mandy
Granbury, TX56 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was such a fun snorkel/free dive. The water clarity was very good the day we were there. The access was easy and the sea life was abundant. The tugboat was easy to reach and just an overall interesting area to snorkel. We also snorkeled under the pier close by.
Written June 25, 2022
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Amnon F
Tel Aviv District, Israel918 contributions
May 2022
scuba dived at this beach
entry is very comfortable, with a sand beach, the swim to the boat is short and as the boat is not too deep one can explore the area easily.
in addition there are the pillars of the pier which are an excellent place to explore the sea life around with the sun playing through the cracks of the pier
visibility was excellent
Written May 10, 2022
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