Exploring Carucao

Today, is a sea day on the ship, but yesterday we explored the amazing island of Curacao.  It is part of what is called the ABC Islands off the cost of South America.  This cruise hit two of the three islands, since yesterday we were in Aruba.  Some day, I will need to go back and see Bonaire.

We hopped off the ship first thing in the morning and went on a planned excursion.  Our tour guide happily answered questions about education, employment and life on the island while we drove to the first stop on the excursion.

The first stop, exploring a cave system on the island, called Hato Caves.

The first thing we needed to do was climb up stairs.  Which seemed counterintuitive to me, since I think of caves as something you climb down into.  At the top of the stairs we were informed we could not take pictures inside or it could hurt the bats in the caves!  And yes, there were quite a few bats flying and hanging upside down sleeping in the cave!

We came to an area of the caves, where there was light from the top and we were told we could take a few pictures.  He called in paparazzi time.

After leaving the caves, the bus took us to where we would be snorkeling.  Well, my husband and kids went snorkeling.  For some reason, I just can’t breathe through the snorkel, so I just use the mask and lift my head up to breathe.  The fish were amazing!  Even just a few inches under the water, there were trumpet fish swimming.  I would share pictures, but my son managed to leave the GoPro in the cabin!  Not the first time this has happened.  You think we would learn.

Back on the bus, we headed back to town.  Willemstad is a beautiful, colorful city.  It also has a large floating bridge so you can go from one part of the city to the other.  Our guide mentioned the color of the flags and warned if it was black, the bridge would open to allow boats to go through.  If this happens, she said we could take a free ferry back across the river.  Which was good to know, since we needed to take it back!

It was an amazing place to explore!

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