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Tugboat Wreck

Curacao, Caribbean
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Curacao is home to an underwater world that is teeming with wildlife and this half-day snorkel adventure takes you to two top spots. Visit a 30-year-old tugboat wreck as well as an underwater marine park and observe tropical fish, colorful corals, sea turtles, and sea creatures who call this area home. Snorkeling equipment and hotel pickup from selected areas are included.
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deejeepee wrote a review Sep 2020
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A quite hidden place, having a car is required. A very authentic colorful bar (drinks and snacks available) with nice typical decorations created by their own artist. You can create your own souvenir or ask the artist to make a customized one for you. It's awesome! When we arrived the owner showed us a map where to explore what in the sea. Fishes, coral and of course the shipwreck. The tugboat can be reached after an approximately 10 minutes swim. There's a huge ship on anker next to the beach. It's there already for several years and not active in use. So it's safe and allowed to snorkel, dive and swim. After swimming you can relax at the sunbeds in the shade or the sun. We had an awesome day at the tugboat beach.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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UniversalTraversal wrote a review Mar 2020
Oakville, Canada833 contributions380 helpful votes
This was the first dive site that my girlfriend and I chose to visit while on Curacao, and we loved it so much we came back for a second dive a few days later. Be sure to have an inflated SMB with you - it's compulsory. The main section of the site is fairly shallow, but we saw some cool critters such as coral crabs and squid. The eponymous tugboat is fairly shallow and close to shore and is very easy for even novices to do self-guided dives. There's also a coral nursery set up by the Coral Restoration Foundation. You can also go out and head along the left to explore the reef wall; if you go far enough, you'll reach Director's Bay. The coolest part though was exploring under the pier and under the docked ship. It's so atmospheric and unlike anything I've seen before. Just be careful not to bang your head! We rented our tanks from Curious2Dive, which you will drive past on the way to the dive site.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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roxies21 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hay River, Canada70 contributions11 helpful votes
Great colourful coral. Lots of different fish and eels and great helpful staff. We didn’t eat there but the hotdogs looked good. Lots of reasonably priced chairs in the shade. We loved it so much we went twice. Oh, and a tugboat you can snorkel to without any great effort. Loved this snorkel site. That said, it does not have a sandy beach. If you like beach glass, you will find the mother load here.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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SPiebinga wrote a review Mar 2020
Landgraaf7 contributions9 helpful votes
Great beach for snorkeling, the tugboat wreck is easy accessible while snorkeling but the bigger highlight is the metal structure on the right side of the beach which houses a lot of corals and fish. The beach bar has sun and shade seating and rents out gear for whom ever needs this, we had our own. Friendly staff!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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RyleighOntario wrote a review Mar 2020
Ontario101 contributions61 helpful votes
We went on an @AirCanadavacation excursion snorkeling to a tugboat site and to swim with the turtles. I should have investigated more as the AC rep did not do a good job of explaining the 4 hour trip that took 6 hours for $75 US per person. We got on an air conditioned bus at 9.15 a.m. or so and stopped to pick up people on the way. The tour guide was fine but spent as much time talking with her colleague as explaining things and missed a lot. - We drove for about 30 minutes before the first stop – very glad we had water shoes as it was super rocky getting in and out of the water. The snorkeling was great and it was cool to see the tug boat. We got back on the bus after about 40 minutes soaking wet as no one said to bring something dry (besides a towel) and then drove an hour to the next spot to swim for 30 minutes with the turtles. Very cool experience but very small and very dirty area where you had to pay to go to the washroom. - Then another hour in the bus plus some random stops along the way that got us back to the hotel at 2.45 p.m. - Overall would not recommend this trip. Had no idea we'd be spending 2 hours just sitting on a bus.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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