Far away from the hustle and bustle of Curaçao's Punda and Otrobanda districts lies a remote, coral island with white sand beaches, crystal clear water, a spectacular reef and colorful sea life. The flat, wind-swept island of Klein Curaçao (Dutch for Little Curaçao) is a mecca for divers, snorkelers and sunbathers.
Klein Curaçao lies 15 miles off the southeast point of Curaçao and is just a two-hour boat trip from Spanish Water. The Mermaid, a sturdy sea-going vessel, awaits passengers at the Fishermen's Pier every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at 6:45am.
Six times a week, the Mermaid takes people out to the island of Klein Curaçao for a perfect day by the sea.
When you climb aboard the Mermaid, you'll be greeted with a warm cup of tea or coffee. Captain Kees and his crew create a great atmosphere that makes you feel welcome on board!
The Mermaid sets sails along the southern coast of Curaçao. From the boat you'll see Fuik, Duivelsklip and Oostpunt, a completely inaccessible region of Curaçao that has been set aside as a wildlife preserve. Sometimes dolphins swim alongside the boat. Then the Mermaid turns southward and heads out into the blue sea, towards Klein Curaçao.
From a distance, you can see Klein Curaçao's landmark lighthouse and a shipwreck that was lodged on the beach many years ago. As the boat approaches the coast, you'll see a few huts, which are used by the local island fishermen. But mostly, you'll see endless beaches of white sand, waiting to be explored by you.
Once the Mermaid has anchored off shore, you'll want to take a swim in the crystal clear turquoise water. Take a stroll and visit the historical lighthouse or collect shells on the beach. Lie out on a beach chair and catch some rays of sun with beautiful women in colorful bikinis.
Exclusive to the Mermaid, Captain Cor and his crew have the only beach house on Klein Curaçao. With a large thatched-roof patio, picnic benches and cool drinks it's a great shady shelter from the heat of the sun. Bathrooms are clean and well maintained. The Mermaid provides all the facilities you need for a nice day on the beach.
For snorkelers and scuba divers, Klein Curaçao has much to offer. Klein Curaçao has nice coral formations, a vertical drop-off and a couple of underwater caves. The Mermaid offers a morning and afternoon dive. Drift-diving from a rubber dinghy, divers will explore both the northern and southern tips of the island.
A fantastic buffet lunch at the beach house awaits you-chicken, spare ribs, beef burgers, corn, various salads and fruits are prepared to perfection. Beer, wine, juices and soft drinks are provided (alcoholic drinks for a small fee).
And at 3:20 pm, it's all aboard time
as the Mermaid heads back to the mainland. From the shores of Curaçao, people greet the Mermaid's return with warm smiles and friendly waves.
A perfect day!!!