Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Klein Curaçao

Our travels have recently taken us to Bonaire and Curaçao, and interestingly both have smaller islands nearby, named after them, Klein Bonaire and Klein Curaçao, klein means small in Dutch. Both of the smaller islands have no permanent residents (Klein Bonaire doesn't even have any buildings on it) and both are ringed by beautiful clear water and colorful reefs. Klein Bonaire is only a half mile off of Bonaire at its closest point making it very accessible for quick trips over for diving and snorkeling. Klein Curaçao is further away from Curacao so the trip there is not as easy, it is about a three hour sail, or 1 1/2 - 2 hour trip for the tour boats from Curaçao.

We stopped overnight at Klein Curaçao on our sail from Bonaire to Curaçao. We arrived as the day tripping boats from Curaçao were leaving, and we left in the morning as they began to show up, full of tourists, perfect timing on our part, in my opinion!

One of the few structures on the island is the lighthouse. It has a very phallic quality to it, don't you think?

The huts on the island are a commercialized version of what someone would expect to find on a tropical island. They are in no way typical of buildings we see on other islands. I think they are built this way to enhance the experience for the day trippers that come over from Curaçao.

Scattered across the sand were hermit crabs, scuttering around, and retreating back into their shells when I got too close.

And on my early morning swim I got to follow a turtle swimming along. Click here for the video.

We fell asleep to the blinking of the lighthouse. Two white flashes every 15 seconds, the signature of Klein Curaçao.

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