Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao)#12 in Best Things To Do in Curacao
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A largely uninhabited island about 15 miles off the southeast coast of Curaçao, Klein Curaçao is the ideal daytrip for snorkelers, scuba divers and sun-worshippers. You will notice a few signs of Klein Curaçao's former residents – like its crumbling, but functional lighthouse – but the tiny island's natural elements are the main reason for visiting. Its coral reefs and waters are pristine, its marine life is plentiful and its white-sand beach is longer than any other on Curaçao proper.
Like its mother island, Klein Curaçao played a sordid role in dealings of the Dutch West India Company during the 17th and 18th centuries. The 1.2-square-mile island is the final resting place of many African slaves who were put in quarantine here for being sick during the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic. After the decline of the slave trade, Klein Curaçao traded hands numerous times, playing host to a phosphate mining operation in 1871. Now, the only frequenters of the island are fishermen and tour groups. But you can still explore the remains of Klein Curaçao's past like the rusting steel hull of the Maria Bianca Guidesman, a small oil tanker that wrecked on the island in the 1960s. Just remember to bring sunscreen – there is little shade on the deserted island.
Recent visitors enjoyed their trip to Klein Curaçao, with many saying the peace and quiet of the uninhabited island made for a true escape. To spot the turtles that use the island's shores for hatching, you'll want to go snorkeling, according to recent visitors. While reviewers found the island's natural surroundings a sight for sore eyes, travelers were disappointed by the amount of trash washed ashore. If you plan to visit Klein Curaçao, remember to leave with only memories.
Bounty Adventures , BlueFinn Charters Curacao and Mermaid Tours offer boat trips to Klein Curaçao, and Ocean Encounters will take you scuba diving in its surrounding waters. The trip is often an all-day affair – the boat trip itself takes about two hours each way. Tour times and prices vary by provider. The tours usually include full meals, but those with motion sickness beware: You might lose your appetite in the often choppy waters between Curaçao and Klein Curaçao.
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#1 Scuba Diving
If you really want to see some of Curaçao's best sights, you're going to have to get your hair wet. A fascinating world of delicate coral gardens, graceful stingrays, playful dolphins and even sunken ships awaits you in the depths of the Caribbean. The best way to explore it is with a plastic mask strapped to your face and an oxygen tank strapped to your back.
Many of Curaçao's specified dive sites are accessible directly from the beach – try Porto Mari or Blauwbaai – while others must be reached by boat. The enormous star coral formations of the Mushroom Forest are a must-see; afterward, you can take a breather in the sapphire light of the nearby Blue Room cave. You can also explore the coral-encrusted remains of the Superior Producer, a cargo freighter that went down in 1977.
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