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A Day on Klein Curaçao

Klein (“Little”) Curaçao is a tiny little island located about 15 miles from Curaçao. You can get there via a 2-hour boat ride. 

Turquoise blue waters, tranquil white-sand beaches, and shipwrecks and lighthouses to explore. It sounds like something out of an adventure tale, but it’s all there for the taking on Klein Curaçao.

Klein (“Little”) Curaçao is a tiny little island located about 15 miles from Curaçao. You can get there via a 2-hour boat ride. View from the top of Klein CuraçaoWhen we were researching for our 2017 trip to Curaçao, Klein Curaçao came up as a recommended destination time and time again. So, we booked a tour with Mermaid Boat Trips upon arriving in Curaçao for $109 per person, and we were off!

Our hotel helped us arrange for an early morning pickup….AND I DO MEAN EARLY. LIKE 5:45 a.m. EARLY. Now let me just say, I don’t like leaving my house at 5:45 a.m. for work, let alone while I’m on VACATION, but the promises of the wonders of Klein Curaçao were just too much to resist. By 6:45 a.m., we were loaded on to the Mermaid and heading out on the high seas toward Klein Curaçao!

The ONE non-magical part of this day: THIS boat ride.

You guys…I can handle windy roads. I can handle roller coasters. I can handle boats. But I could not handle this boat.

Actually, if I’m being fair, the boat itself had nothing to do with it. The seas, however, were rough…and I mean ROUGH.

So rough, in fact, that the crew did a 5-minute spiel about what to do if you get seasick aboard before we departed (go to the bottom deck, grab a bag, face the outside of the boat and keeps your eyes on the horizon).

Full Disclosure: I did read about the rough boat ride in reviews and blogs about the island prior to booking. However, I assumed this was irrelevant since neither of us gets seasick. Yeah, okay.

JT and I settled in for the 2-hour ride on the top deck. We were enjoying the view and commenting on the rough seas when the first person headed below deck. Then another. Then another. Soon enough, we had lost about a quarter of our deck, maybe even one third!

Turquoise blue waters, tranquil white-sand beaches, and shipwrecks and lighthouses to explore. It sounds like something out of an adventure tale, but it’s all there for the taking on Klein Curaçao.

Klein (“Little”) Curaçao is a tiny little island located about 15 miles from Curaçao. You can get there via a 2-hour boat ride. View from the top of Klein CuraçaoWhen we were researching for our 2017 trip to Curaçao, Klein Curaçao came up as a recommended destination time and time again. So, we booked a tour with Mermaid Boat Trips upon arriving in Curaçao for $109 per person, and we were off!

Our hotel helped us arrange for an early morning pickup….AND I DO MEAN EARLY. LIKE 5:45 a.m. EARLY. Now let me just say, I don’t like leaving my house at 5:45 a.m. for work, let alone while I’m on VACATION, but the promises of the wonders of Klein Curaçao were just too much to resist. By 6:45 a.m., we were loaded on to the Mermaid and heading out on the high seas toward Klein Curaçao!

The ONE non-magical part of this day: THIS boat ride.

You guys…I can handle windy roads. I can handle roller coasters. I can handle boats. But I could not handle this boat.

Actually, if I’m being fair, the boat itself had nothing to do with it. The seas, however, were rough…and I mean ROUGH.

So rough, in fact, that the crew did a 5-minute spiel about what to do if you get seasick aboard before we departed (go to the bottom deck, grab a bag, face the outside of the boat and keeps your eyes on the horizon).

Full Disclosure: I did read about the rough boat ride in reviews and blogs about the island prior to booking. However, I assumed this was irrelevant since neither of us gets seasick. Yeah, okay.

JT and I settled in for the 2-hour ride on the top deck. We were enjoying the view and commenting on the rough seas when the first person headed below deck. Then another. Then another. Soon enough, we had lost about a quarter of our deck, maybe even one third!

I tried to focus on the horizon. I tried to focus on conversation with JT. I tried to focus on just about anything but the huge rolling waves and the bile welling up in my throat.

“I’m going downstairs, babe.”

I spent the rest of this boat ride lined up facing the outside of the boat, watching everyone get sick. I focused on the horizon and somehow managed not to get sick…winning!

I tell you this tale NOT to discourage you from visiting Klein Curaçao…quite the opposite! I would recommend this trip to anyone I meet! However, there are a number of things I would have done differently knowing what I know now...

Read the full post, originally published in January 2018, on A World Uncharted.

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