by Lauren Batey
Curaçao has so much to offer, it would be impossible to experience it all in a single visit. However, for travellers willing to step off-the beaten-path and explore, there lies a world of adventure accessible by land, sea and sky.
Blue Skies Helicopters which was revamped and reopened in the spring of 2015, is the island’s only aerial tour operation. Enjoy a 360 degree view from above. Take in Curaçao’s colorful architecture and untouched landscape, from the vivid algae fields along the eastern shore to the breathtaking bustle of downtown Willemstad. They offer a variety of customized flight choices for up to 4 passengers at a time for a once in a lifetime experience. There really is no comparison to the spectacular view of Curaçao from above. The famous shoreline coral reefs are highlighted by a dramatic contrast in the water from turquoise to navy, like a liquid halo that surrounds the island. The colorful old world architecture is juxtaposed against the bustling modern ship yards. Be sure to check out Blue Skies variety of flight options and partner programs which can be catered to every traveler and budget.
For the ultimate in romance, Blue Skies has partnered with several upscale restaurants with their Fly and Dine program. A private sunset flight will drop you at the location of your choice where you can enjoy a specially prepared menu as a cap to your perfect evening.
If you love exploring nature and seek thrills a little closer to the ground, Yellow Tourism Solutions offers a range of excursions including options such as private bus tours visiting historical sites and exciting off the road Jeep safaris through Christoffel National Park, the jewel of the region, which is an approximately 40 minute drive from Willemstad. Here you can hike up to the 377 meter mountaintop point and enjoy the most breathtaking view of the island. The park is home to a host of exotic flora and fauna including the elusive White Tailed Deer, colorful Caracara Birds and dozens of species of orchids. Explore the trails on foot or from the comfort of your seat during an exciting Jeep Safari. You and your crew can prepare to get dusty as you speed and bump through the desert wilderness, following your guide along the island’s maze of dirt road trails.
If the open sea is more your style, you can choose from several operators who will happily take you out into Curaçao’s famous coastal waters. You can join a boat trip to snorkel in the very best conditions at CaracasBaai or explore the famous underwater cave known as the Blue Room, directly to the cave’s access point, where you must snorkel through the often submerged entrance. Your bravery will be rewarded with a kaleidoscope of turquoise and blue surrounding you along the cave walls. One such option is Pelican Express who offer choices ranging from peaceful harbor and romantic sunset tours, to snorkeling and fishing adventures. Fully catered catamaran day trips and to nearby Klein Curaçao are also available with companies like the popular Bounty Adventures.