Curaçao is a gay-friendly oasis in the colorful Caribbean. Our land-based week-long holiday is based in Curacao’s newest luxury resort, Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, a secluded beachfront hideaway situated on the Island’s West End. The waters surrounding Curacao win awards for their diving and snorkeling, offering the best of the Caribbean, including diverse sea life, soft coral, and abundant healthy fish all relatively close by with great visibility.
For divers, we offer two dives each morning, unlimited shore dives, and at least one night dive for enthusiasts. Curacao also offers casual divers, snorkelers and partners who wish to spend more time on land abundant opportunities for a great island experience. Willemstad is a lovely and lively town dating back to the 1500s. There is plenty to explore in town or just by kicking back on our private beach and relaxing. Curaçao has something for everyone.
OverviewCuraçao is a gay-friendly oasis in the colorful Caribbean. Our land-based week-long holiday is based in Curacao’s newest luxury resort, Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, a secluded beachfront hideaway situated on the Island’s West End. The waters surrounding Curacao win awards for their diving and snorkeling, offering the best of the Caribbean, including diverse sea life, soft coral, and abundant healthy fish all relatively close by with great visibility. For divers, we offer two dives each morning, unlimited shore dives, and at least one night dive for enthusiasts. Curacao also offers casual divers, snorkelers and partners who wish to spend more time on land abundant opportunities for a great island experience. Willemstad is a lovely and lively town dating back to the 1500s. There is plenty to explore in town or just by kicking back on our private beach and relaxing. Curaçao has something for everyone.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to our hotel. Our weeklong adventure will start with a welcome dinner and orientation. Depending on your arrival time you can relax and soak up the sun until the group arrives.
Diving, Day Tripping and Seaside Delights
The following is an overview of the activities included or available during our tour.
Diving: each day will include two-tank dives with excursions to the best dive sites. Popular sites we may visit include Alice in Wonderland, also known as Playa “Kalki,” just a shore dive away. There are magnificent reefs featuring green moray eels, lobsters, and mushroom shaped star coral formations, as well as a vivid array of brightly colored reef fish. Visibility averages 100 feet.
Mushroom Forest, one of Curaçao’s most popular dive sites, is only 30 minutes away by boat from the resort. The site features a sloping reef with huge mushroom shaped coral formations. Average visibility is 90 feet. Watamula, which some say is one of the most untouched dive sites off Curaçao, is only a five to seven minute boat ride from the resort. The site features spectacular formations of hard corals, coral gardens and a large variety of maritime life. Visibility averages 90 feet. These are just a few of the many boat and shore excursions available.
During our stay there will be opportunities to explore the island as well. Sightseeing on Curaçao comes in many flavors. Walk on ancient cobblestones past homes and shops that date back to the 1500s. Willemstad straddles an ocean-shipping channel laid out like a busy Amsterdam canal. When freighters and cruise ships are passing through the narrow channel, a miniature ferry carries pedestrians back and forth between the twin banks of the colonial Old Town. A floating pontoon bridge is hauled into place the rest of the time, allowing strollers easy access to both halves of downtown.
Diversity enlivens the island whose growing populations of immigrant Haitians, Colombians and Venezuelans contribute to a spicy ethnic stew. Old-timers speak Dutch or English, but papiamento, a Dutch Creole mix, is the language of the street.
With one of the oldest Jewish communities on in the Western Hemisphere, Willemstad boasts two synagogues, one founded by Sephardic refugees who arrived here from Spain in the 1650s; and the other, “new” congregation dating back to the 1930s arrival of European Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. Strolling the tiny 16th-century streets, you can enjoy shops dealing in Dutch crystal and high-end diamond jewelry, much of it imported from the Netherlands; fine restaurants; and art galleries, including some housed in the battery of stone forts built on either side of the harbor’s mouth. In addition, we will have a chance to visit the Museum Kura Hulanda, an anthropological museum that focuses on the predominant cultures of Curaçao, including a world-class exhibit on the African diaspora created by the slave trade.
There is plenty of nature and wildlife to see landside as well. Curaçao is home to many lizards, iguanas and tropical birds. Wild goats can be found everywhere, out on the street and in the neighborhoods. Since Curaçao is comparably dry, cactus trees in all shapes and sizes grow next to aloe plants and rough bushes. Curaçao is also famous for its Divi-Divi trees that always grow in the direction of the wind.
The island, formed by a volcano, has its highest point at Mount Christoffel (about 300 meters / 900 feet high) surrounded by Christoffel Park in the north-western part of the island, not far from our Lodge, so it is visible from many vantage points. The famous landhouses (once the land barons’ homes) are worth a visit for their architecture and history. Some are just ruins today, but many have been restored to give a nice insight into the early settlers’ lives. The Hato Caves are a great place to learn more about Curaçao’s geological history. Outside the cave Caquetios Indians carved Petroglyphs into the rock wall indicating that some of their religious ceremonies took place there about 1500 years ago. Last, but not least, simply walking around in Punda (the old town), crossing the Emma bridge, looking at the waterfront, and observing people and their activities is a nice way to pick up the flavor of the Caribbean and Curaçao.
The sun shines most of the time and the average temperature is 82° F / 27° C. It doesn’t get much colder at night than during the day, and in the winter it is hardly any colder than in the summer. The constant trade wind from the east keeps the island breezy and cool. Curaçao is fairly dry compared to other Caribbean islands and less tropical here as it lies south of the hurricane belt. Good weather, great diving, history, good food, lively nightlife and island hospitality make Curacao a great gay-friendly getaway and the perfect place for this Alyson Adventure!Back to Top
Soak up the last bit of sun, taking an early morning plunge in the clear blue water, or relax until your transfer to the airport and safe travels home.
Is it the right vacation for you?
This trip is designed for SCUBA divers and snorkelers, but may also be enjoyed by those who want a leisurely tropical island experience.
So are most of the people who travel with us. You do not need to pay extra to travel by yourself. Prices are per-person, and the single supplement applies only if you’d like a room by yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
Seven nights accommodations in Ocean Front Studios of the award-winning Kura Hulanda Beach Club L
Five days of two-tank morning dives, with afternoon unlimited shore diving, including tanks and w
Reduced rate for non-divers and snorkelers
Breakfast each day and three dinners showcasing specialties of Curacao
Two half-day land excursions, including some local attractions and a visit to Willemstad, featuri
Transfers between Curacao Airport and our lodge at the end of the island
Assistance of Alyson Adventures tour leader
Airfare to and from Curacao
Equipment (available for rental, or bring your own; no charge for air tanks and weight belt)
Additional optional day of diving
Instruction fees, if requested
Lunches and four dinners
Personal items such as beverages, phone calls, faxes
Dive Alice in Wonderland, also known as Playa “Kalki,” a magnificent reef featuring green moray eels, lobsters, star coral and a vivid array of brightly colored reef fish.
Visit the Mushroom Forest, one of Curaçao’s most popular dive sites, with a sloping reef and huge mushroom-shaped coral formations. Average visibility is 90 feet.
Explore the historic capital city of Willemstad, the 1500s city famous for its blue liqueur.
Spend the week in one of the finest diving resorts in the Caribbean, Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club.
For non-divers, there is excellent snorkeling from the shore or a boat, and we can also arrange for an interesting alternate program for the week.
And best of all, spend the week with a fantastic group of people.
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