I recently went on vacation to Curacao which is in the Caribbean near Venezula. Although there are great beaches already in Curacao, the best beach is at Klein Curacao which is an island off the coast! So I took a day trip to Klein Curacao with Blue Finn Charters to check out what paradise looks like. Keep reading for everything you need to know about this island with crystal blue waters and smooth soft sand.
Things to Do
As an uninhabited island, there’s not a whole lot to do on Klein Curacao, but that’s the beauty of it. If you like to take a walk, you can explore the Lighthouse and the Shipwreck on the opposite side of the island. Make sure to do it in the morning when there’s a breeze otherwise it becomes scorching hot in the afternoon!
The thing that most people come here to do though is swim and snorkel in the blue water. It looks like an image from a postcard and if I didn’t come here, I wouldn’t believe water can be this blue. It’s not exactly crystal clear but more of a vibrant baby blue! I saw lots of fish in the water including a “wall” of small fish. I didn’t end up seeing sea turtles but seems like most people on our tour with Blue Finn Charters did! I guess I just wasn’t in the right spot at the right time! Here is a great guide for snorkeling at Klein Curacao.
There’s only about 10m off the shore where you can stand. Therefore, I would recommend you to be a pretty strong swimmer as you’ll need to swim from the boat to shore and back. Blue Finn Charters provides snorkel gear so you don’t need to bring your own! They were clean, in good condition and included in the tour price! However, they don’t provide fins so remember to bring your own if you want to use fins.
Lastly, if you get too much sun, you can always go back on board the Blue Finn catamaran at any time and rest in the shade or in the nets. They provide drinks throughout the day so you can always sit back and relax on the boat!
Food & Drinks
As Klein Curacao is an uninhabited island, there are no food or drinks for sale. It is a good thing that the Blue Finn Charters tour is all inclusive! When I got on board, the crew members asked us what we liked to drink. They have a good selection of soft drinks and juice. I also really enjoyed the fresh pineapples we got in the morning as a snack.
The best part of the day was the BBQ lunch! I had read that it was delicious and it went even beyond expectations! There was a pasta salad, a bean/apple salad, 4 different types of BBQ meats (ribs, steak, sausage, chicken skewers), and lastly bread with peanut soup. There was more than enough food for everyone on board! My plate looks a little sparse but I went back for seconds or even thirds!
Starting from lunch, people also started ordering alcoholic beverages which are also included in the trip! They served white, red, and rose wines. Two options of beers. Any type of highball and a few cocktails they’ve created using juice and spirits. They do not try to water down your drinks at all! You’ll be getting full shots if not doubles in all of your drinks.
Lastly, as we sailed back the crew brought out chips and salsa which was great as we were getting hungry again! I wish there were snacks provided on the way to Klein Curacao but overall the quantity and quality of food or drinks on board was fantastic. I believe Blue Finn Charters is one of the only companies to include alcoholic beverages as part of their tour!
The Blue Finn Charters catamaran is only about 1 year old so everything is in fantastic condition. There are about 4 benches with tables in the middle of the vessel and also rubber mats along the side where you can sit. The big net at the front is awesome for lounging around in style. But be careful as you will get drenched with water on the way there if you sit in the nets. The crew is pretty lax about where you sit so as long as you are safe.
There are two bathrooms on board on the lower deck. It is small but relatively clean. However, I found it to be small and warm and made me feel seasick. There are no washroom facilities on Klein Curacao though so you’ll have to use the bathrooms on the boat.
The crew prepared all the drinks and food in the middle area which resembles a bar. There are storage areas under the seats that you can put your bags so it doesn’t get wet. There is no where to lock your stuff but we felt comfortable enough to leave our go-pro, sunglasses, and other items on the boat. Once you get to Klein Curacao, the crew will also load a life boat of bags to bring to the beach area dry. I left my camera on the beach in my bags while I went for a snorkel. At first I was a bit unsure but it is quite safe and everyone is in the same boat (pun intended). It would be quite hard to steal as you need to get off the island on one of the boats.
- Sunscreen! I read all the advice about sunscreen and thought I lathered up pretty well but still got very sun burnt! You need to put sunscreen in all the spots you normally don’t think of like knees, shins, feet, hands. These are all spots I got burnt on as I didn’t think I would need sunscreen.
- Plan what goes on the beach and what stays on the boat. We dropped off most of our belongings in the life boat to take to shore. But we realized we actually wanted our camera to stay on board to take photos of the food, and relaxing onboard. My advice is to take a camera/cellphone to the beach, but if you have a second one, keep it on the boat.
- Eat breakfast! We didn’t eat breakfast as we weren’t too hungry but it made me more susceptible to being sea sick. The ride over was actually a lot smoother than some of the reviews. We grazed over a lot of waves and the captain was attentive at making sure we don’t get hit by any large waves on the side. So if you pack a snack or eat breakfast, you’ll be fine!
- Bring watershoes if you have them. Between the sandy shores and the ocean is an area of coral/shells, to walk past this area it is quite painful on the feet and there’s no way around it. I didn’t have any cuts but it is uncomfortable to get through the area each time you get in and out of the water.
Blue Finn Charters goes out to Klein Curacao everyday except Friday and Sunday! The fee is 109 USD for adults (including taxes) and half price for kids! They also have a great Dolphin Snorkel trip on Fridays that I wanted to try but unfortunately it was our travel day. You can really eat and drink your worth on this trip especially considering food is quite expensive on Curacao! The crew was super friendly and kept us all entertained.
The water was so blue and it was the softest sands I’ve walked on! After visiting all the other beaches on Curacao, I can say this was definitely the best beach! I would highly recommend you to take a day trip to Klein Curacao with Blue Finn Charters for a once in a life time experience! I had such a fantastic time on board and it was truly a vacation within a vacation!
I’ll be adding an extra travel post every Tuesday for the next few weeks so I can share my travel experiences in Curacao! You’ll still see my beauty posts on Sunday and Thursdays! Hope you enjoy!
I was a guest of Blue Finn Charters for this cruise.