What our Customers say

Fantastic day filled with fantastic sights. Our guide was knowledgeable and great fun.

 

Ruth S on Viator (February 23, 2017)

De beste tour ooit

National Treasures of Curacao Jeep Tour. De allerbeste tour van onze hele cruise. Spectaculair met een open jeep en 6 passagiers door het Noorden van het eiland gecrost. Door diepe kuilen en plassen naar de Noordkust . Naar een krater waar het water, als een geiser, uit opspoot. Naar 2 natuurparken, een grot waar het water naar binnen stroomde. Een lekkere lunch, gratis drankjes. Twee strandstops om met schildpadden te zwemmen die op het afval van plaatselijke vissers afkwamen en in een intieme baai met veelkleurige vissen. Snorkeluitrusting gratis. We kregen nog als dessert een extra tour door Willemstad. Een ongelofelijk leuke, vrolijke gids/chauffeur. De stemming zat er goed in en we hebben enorm veel gezien en plezier gehad. Niet geschikt voor mensen met rug- of nekproblemen en zwangeren (kans op spontane abortus). Duur 8 uur. Prijs $98. Een absolute topper en aanrader. (Hangt misschien ook wel van de gids af die er van hield lekker ruig overal door heen te rijden.

 

JanZ1950 on TripAdvisor (February 16, 2017)

Prima organisatie!

Dit is al de vierde keer dat ik hier een tour heb geboekt. Het bevalt me uitstekend, de reservering gaat heel snel en soepel, extra vragen worden adequaat beantwoord, men is op tijd, de gidsen zijn zeer vriendelijk en beschikken over heel veel kennis over Curaçao. Kortom, een aanrader voor iedereen die meet van het eiland wil zien en af wil weten!

 

Anneke S on TripAdvisor (February 16, 2017)

This was one of the best snorkeling trips I have been on. It was excellent and we could not have asked for a better guide in Bernice and a great driver in Elmer. They took us to some amazing snorkeling sites on the island of Curacao. This tour was well worth the money. I would definitely do this tour again and I would return to Curacao. I was very happy to see that Viator provides quality tour experiences.

 

Joanne C on Viator (February 15, 2017)

East West Coast Tour

My best friend asked if I would go on the Team Cocktail 2017 Cruise with her, after agreeing to go I began my search on activities at each port.
I booked the East-West Island Tour of Curacao. We were told we would be picked up at 8:30. We were the first to exit the ship at 8a and the staff from Actief were waiting. A couple from Indiana were on the tour as well. Elmer was our guide. He did an exceptional job of providing us information and history of the island. We made many stops throughout the day. The highlight for us Kansas girls was swimming with the Sea Turtles.
If you ever get to go to Curacao, I highly recommend asking for Elmer.
Elmer, if you reading~ thank you again. You made our stop in Curacao one we will never forget. I wish your daughter well and hope she truly enjoys her learning abroad.

 

RyRyEm on TripAdvisor (February 7, 2017)

Excellent from booking to drop-off

Four of us just returned from 3 weeks in Curacao (Jan 15 - Feb 5, 2017). In November we booked the East-West Tour in order to see some of the hi-lites of the island. I have booked many excursions over the past few years, but I have never, ever experienced the outstanding professionalism and effective communication than I have had with Bettina in Curacao Actief office. She went way beyond my wildest expectations to ensure every detail was covered - even to the point of sending us a photo of the tour driver (Larry Francis) so there would be no mistakes.
Speaking of Larry, he was equally outstanding. He was waiting at the security gate of Boca Gentil, early in fact, to ensure we were not wondering where he was. Not having visited the island before, we left the sight-seeing in his hands and we were not disappointed. He is extremely knowledgeable of the island and was one of the most entertaining tour drivers we have ever encountered. If we were to return to Curacao again, we would certainly book all our excursions through Curacao Actief. Well done to both of you. You are a "class act".

 

William B on TripAdvisor (February 7, 2017)

Super dagje.

Heerlijke Tour over het eiland gemaakt.
We werden net buiten de cruisehaven opgewacht door onze gids.
Met 6 personen in een prima busje met airco en koud water.
Heel veel gehoord over de geschiedenis van het eiland en de gebruiken nu.
Wat kun je veel zien in de 3 uur durende Tour.
Van de zonnige zuidkant tot de woeste noordkant.
We werden bij een strandje afgezet om even te zwemmen, snorkelen en wat te eten.
Na 1,5 uur werden we weer keurig terug gebracht naar ons schip.
Een hele leuke kennismaking van Willemstad en het mooie Curacao.

 

Brecht1 on TripAdvisor (February 7, 2017)

Great day out and away from the masses

We recently did the Wonderful World of Water tour with the amazing Howard. But before we even got to Curacao, Bettina was a real pro handling everything in the setup. When we got off our cruise, I had no doubts or worries that everything would be perfect and as expected and advertised. We started around the island on dirt roads many of the other tours cant go on. We saw orioles, cara caras, the wind farm, really remote kunukuus, and the desert full of cacti. We stopped at a small cave to see bats and formations--this cafe of the witch is not in the main tourist route and it was great being the only ones there. We went to many amazing bokas, like Asuncion, to see turtles playing the surf and the power of the water. The Suplando Crater blowhole was amazing to watch; the wind and water on the north coast are just gorgeous. We stopped for lunch and a walk to the main Shete Boka lookout, which was about the only place we saw other tourists. After that we went to Fishermen's beach for a swim and snorkel where we saw an amazing variety of sealife and many turtles swimming among us. The fish numbers were not huge, but we saw more than 40 varieties, including quite a few trunkfish right under the pier. As we went further around the island toward town, we stopped to look at the flamingos but didn't get out to look--my only regret of the trip. The whole day though was amazing, just being away from the same old route everyone takes and being alone in so many breathtaking places, from the cave to the Asuncion boka. Howard too good care of us with water and punch, lunch, and warnings when we were about to cross streams or muddy patches. Although we were outside all day, the cover on the back of the land cruiser kept us dry and unburned. He does seem to know everyone and every inch of the island; what a great guide for the wilds of Curacao!

 

Laurie_B_VA on TripAdvisor (February 5, 2017)

My best friend asked if I would go on the Team Cocktail 2017 Cruise with her, after agreeing to go I began my search on activities at each port.
I booked the East-West Island Tour of Curacao. We were told we would be picked up at 8:30. We were the first to exit the ship at 8a and the staff from Actief were waiting. A couple from Indiana were on the tour as well. Elmer was our guide. He did an exceptional job of providing us information and history of the island. We made many stops throughout the day. The highlight for us Kansas girls was swimming with the Sea Turtles.
If you ever get to go to Curacao, I highly recommend asking for Elmer.
Elmer, if you reading~ thank you again. You made our stop in Curacao one we will never forget. I wish your daughter well and hope she truly enjoys her learning abroad.

 

Windy Gray Cummings on Facebook (February 5, 2017)

Awesome Tour!!

We were in Curacao on a Thursday and there were no full island tours available for that day. We like to see the whole island and get a taste for the location and its culture. I contacted Touracti and they made arrangements for us. Our guide was Elmer and he was the best tour guide we have ever had. There were only 4 of us in the van so we felt like we got a personal tour. Elmer was very knowledgeable and fun. We saw all the highlights of the island but never felt rushed. Thank you Elmer for a great day. We felt like we were leaving a friend when the day was over.

 

Beverly J on TripAdvisor (February 5, 2017)

Toller Tag

Wir hatten noch das Glück ein platz auf der Tour zu bekommen, haben die Tour über mail und whatsapp gebucht (ohne Probleme)
Wir waren mit dem Kreuzfahrtschiff unterwegs und wollten an nur einem Tag alles von der Insel sehen und das ist uns mit dieser Tour gelungen. Wir besuchten viele Schöne Fotostops, konnten mit schildkröen schwimmen, waren bei einheimische Mittagessen, fuhren zu den Flamingos und besuchten eine schöne Bucht-hier konnten wir 45min Relaxen, angelich war dies einer der DSDS Strände (Kulisse)
Der Guide war sehr nett, püünktlich und hat uns einiges über das leben auf der Insel erzählt. Wir waren nur 6Personen - sehr gemütlich :-)

 

Bettina P on TripAdvisor (January 31, 2017)

A wonderful day, although the jeep is a wooden bench with very rough ground to go over so be aware of any back problems. Howard and guide and Mark our driver were excellent and made the day a lot of fun. There is a cave to go through and ladder type stairs to climb so you must be somewhat agile. The views are worth it and we thoroughly enjoyed our day.

 

Sheila L on Viator (January 22, 2017)

We had scheduled our excursion a few days after arriving on the island. Our tour guide arrived to take us on our adventure but told us the Jeep portion of the tour was cancelled due to a lot of rain and some roads impassable. We asked about rescheduling and the company was extremely gracious and even booked a private tour for the 4 of us several days later! Our tour guide, Howard, picked us up for a day full of fun and adventure. Howard was very knowledgable about the island and gave us all the time we wanted at each stop. He was loads of fun especially his personal back-up alarm that the Jeep did not have that surprised people when they realized it was him and not the vehicle! and made our excursion one of the most enjoyable we have ever experienced. The beautiful views, spectacular caves and best snorkeling we have ever encountered! Highly recommended!

 

tcfdqt on Viator (January 21, 2017)

Het was top we hebben genoten van het uitzicht was mooi weer en ja vies waren we zeker maar dat was het allemaal waard ook 2 top gidsen! Eten was ook goed! We hebben ons goed vermaakt!
Groetjes terri en stefan

 

Terry Nuyens on Facebook (January 14, 2017)

Very fun tour

My bf and I only booked a half day tour and wish we had done a full day! We had such a fun time with our tour guide, Howard. He was so funny and very knowledgeable of the island! We were able to visit a lot of really cool places. Lunch was simple but nice. Still thinking about that delicious pumpkin pancake - make sure you get one! And try out that lizard soup too - taste like chicken! This tour also provided us transportation to and from our hotel without any additional cost. I highly recommend this tour and you're in luck if you end up with Howard!

 

Ngan N on TripAdvisor (January 12, 2017

Howard was great

I just want to say that our guide, Howard, absolutely made our week. He was born and raised here and therefore speaks all three major languages, which allows him to cater even more to every visitor. He also seems to be friends with everyone wherever we went on the island! While my family was snorkeling with turtles (just one of the excellent experiences on our tour), I spent time on the beach with Howard just talking about the land and the people. His love for Curacao is infectious, and he genuinely wanted each one of us to have the best time of our stay. If you want to see and appreciate more than just your hotel's beach, this is the best way to do it. We all agreed that it was the highlight of our stay. Thanks, Howard and Actief!

 

CJBeppo on TripAdvisor (January 5, 2017)

De gidsen laten je de mooiste onontdekte plekjes van het eiland zien en weten je te boeien met hun verhalen. Met Howard en Elmer als gids is een gezellige en actieve dag gegarandeerd!

 

Sandra de Koning on Facebook (January 3, 2017)

Fantastic Full Day Tour

Our group enjoyed a well planned, educational and FUN tour! Saw many sights off the beaten path. We started with a walking tour to Rif Fort Renaissance, Queen Emma bridge, Punda, Fort Amsterdam, and Breedestraat. We also visited the Synagogue and the Floating Market. The next part of the tour was by bus, and we drove through Scharloo and Caracasbay. We enjoyed a nice lunch at a beach side restaurant.

After lunch, we changed vehicles and were treated to a jeep tour through the mini desert of Curacao and viewed several blow holes and hiked to a small cave.

The guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. I highly recommend this tour company!

 

listka on TripAdvisor (January 3, 2017)

Met Howard in de Jeep heb je garantie voor een topdag. Een ontzettend aardige en enthousiaste gids, met passie voor z'n werk en het eiland. We hebben ontzettend gelachen en hele mooie plekjes van het eiland ontdekt. Bij twijfel: gewoon doen!

 

Sandra van der Loos on Facebook (January 3, 2017)

This tour was very cool! The rock formations along the coast and the cavern are a real natural wonder and swimming with the sea turtles is really an unforgettable experience!

 

mauroboccuni on Viator (December 24, 2016)

Best tour we have ever taken!

We were pleasantly surprised when we were the only people who booked this tour and Curacao Actief allowed this to be a private tour. Our tour guide Howard was THE BEST guide we have ever had. He provided an expertly detailed tour of the island and although the waves were too small to see one of the scheduled sites, he took us to see sea turtles instead and it was amazing. He is a fantastic person as well as an expert regarding Curacao. We highly recommend this tour for the sites, our guide and the cost. This tour was the highlight of our time in Curacao. Thank you Howard!!!

 

Amy J on TripAdvisor (December 11, 2016)

Leuke rondrit op het eiland met Gaby

Tijdens de stop van ons cruiseschip in Willemstad hebben we, net zoals in 2013, gebruik gemaakt van de diensten van Curacao Actief. Aangezien we toen zeer tevreden waren, hebben we zonder aarzelen terug gebruik gemaakt van één van de aangeboden excursies. En ook deze keer werd ons vertrouwen zeker niet beschaamd. We hadden deze keer gekozen voor een volledige daguitstap (East West Island tour). Onze vriendelijke gids en bestuurder, Gaby, stond ons mooi op tijd op te wachten aan de cruiseterminal en samen met 2 andere koppels konden we snel op wandel naar de wijk Otrabanda waar we een mooi zicht hadden op de kleurrijke handelskade. Vervolgens ging het in een comfortabel busje over de Koningin Julianabrug naar de wijk Punda. Van daaruit reden we richting oosten 'Spaanse water'. Op de terugweg richting Willemstad hielden we kort halt in een 'handicraft'-shop en bezochten we in het landhuis Chobolobo de beroemde fabriek van Blue Curacao. Na enkele proevertjes (niet voor de chauffeur) reden we richting Westpunt met onder andere een halte aan een waadplaats voor flamingo's (opgelet: stukje off-road) en een kort bezoek aan het Shete Boka park waar we de kracht van de zee in een enkele 'bokas' met eigen ogen konden aanschouwen (= leuke fotolocaties). Vervolgens hielden we halt voor een korte lunch en een uurtje verpozing op het strand Grote Knip.
Tijdens de rit gaf Gaby interessante info en weetjes mee. Op alle locaties gaf hij iedereen rustig de tijd en de gelegenheid om mooie kiekjes te maken.
Op het einde van de dag waren we dus zeer tevreden dat we terug een beroep gedaan hadden op Curacao Actief.

 

Fons M on TripAdvisor (November 29, 2016)

Leukste excursie van onze reis lachen van begin tot einde tuut tuut Ping Ping

 

May Wolput on Facebook (November 26, 2016)

Howard picked us up in the morning and we had the best day. He took us to many greats spots and his knowledge and love of the island is outstanding. We never felt rushed and we spent as much time as we liked at any spot. We never felt we were on the clock and the tour was even longer than advertised . This was an amazing day, I would recommend this trip to everyone.

 

darrellnational on Viator (November 16, 2016)

Excellent jeep and snorkel trip

I booked this trip thru Shore Excursions on line. I was on a cruise. My husband ,who is handicap, was able to enjoy as well. The jeep took us tthru a small part of the city roads, but then went to the back roads by the shore. It was bumpy,but were told to expect this. It was not so bumpy and the scenery was interesting. We enjoyed a lunch provided, then proceeded to the snorkel spots. We enjoyed the 2 hours of snorkel time,saw plenty of turtles,and a variety of fish, I would recommend this excursion to others.

 

claggetta on TripAdvisor (November 7, 2016)

Birthday Trip

We have been on a tour with Curacao aktief before, this was 9 years ago. We had an excellent time back then, our friends still talk about that tour. This year we decided to book a tour again with friends. It was my husband's 50th birthday, and we had a lot of friends visiting that have never been to Curacao before. We had a great experience again with Curacao aktief !! We got to see a side of the island that most tourists never get to see. The tour guides were fantastic and kept us entertained and educated. To our surprise, the Jeeps were decorated for my husband's birthday, and they even suprised him with a cake and a card. How thoughtful, and this absolutely goes above and beyond !!!!! The trip itself was fantastic, our friends really really enjoyed it ! And so did we. I also would like to mention that the communication with Curacao Aktief has always been pleasant, and most importantly very professional. We highly recommend them !!

 

AishaOct2013 on TripAdvisor (November 3, 2016)

Our tour guide, Howard, was excellent and we enjoyed everything we saw on the tour! Highly recommended.

 

Paul M on Viator (October 26, 2016)

Wat een super dag!!

Wij hebben een jeepsafarie gemaakt over het eiland Curacao onder leiding van Elmer! Wat was het een super dag en wat hebben we genoten van de uitleg van Elmo. Hij weet erg veel va het eiland en verteld het op een leuke manier. Je maakt kennis met plekken op het eiland waar je absoluut niet zelf naartou zou gaan, ook al heb je een huur auto.

Zo ga je een niet toeristische grot bekijken wat erg leuk is en echt uniek. Deze trip is zeker een aanrader!!

Tip: niet geschikt voor minder validen, mensen met rugklachten of als je zwanger bent.

 

_marchienazuur on TripAdvisor (October 13, 2016)

Island Tour

Thanks Elmer for a great tour of local views and culture. This is an amazing way to experience it all. We can't wait for our next visit to this amazing island.

 

KyTomCole on TripAdvisor (October 10, 2016)

Geweldige manier om het eiland te verkennen

Hilarische en leerzame Tour gehad van Howard. Met veel humor kan hij een hoop vertellen over het eiland en hij laat je veel zien. Het duurt een dag en je krijgt er koud drinken en een lunch bij. Tenslotte nog even afkoelen bij Kokomo beach en de dag is geslaagd. Helaas hadden wij 2x een lekke band. De eerste kon vervangen worden door de reserveband. De tweede, op de terugweg, niet. Er werd toen goed voor ons gezorgd en zsm gezocht naar alternatief vervoer om ons terug bij het hotel te brengen. Top service!

 

colinevd on TripAdvisor (September 24, 2016)

Had a great time on the jeep tour, Elmer was a great guide!

 

Jennifer McWilliams Willis on Facebook (September 22, 2016)

Onwijs leuke tour gehad met een super leuk team. Echt een aanrader!

 

Iris Barnhoorn on Facebook (September 21, 2016)

Een echte aanrader om deze jeepsafari te doen!!

 

Carla van Oort on Facebook (September 12, 2016)

Deze tour is echt een aanrader! We hebben echt een geweldige dag gehad en zoals al vaker gezegd maakt Howard het helemaal af! Grappig, maar ook erg veel te weten gekomen! Zal erg benauwd worden tijdens kerst...

 

Jim Spaargaren on Facebook (September 10, 2016)

Geweldige tour....veel gezien en veel gehoord over Curaçao, de mannen die de tour geven zijn ook geweldig ,petje af voor ze , zeker om aan te raden :)

 

Desiree Van Heerebeek on Facebook (September 7, 2016)

Vandaag 30 augustus hebben mijn vriend en ik een tour gedaan!! Wat was dat gaaf zeg!!
Het is ontzettend leerzaam en mooi!! Ook de gidsen waren super echt wat hadden die een leuke humor hahaha!
Het is zeker een aanrader gewoon doen?

Nogmaals bedankt elmer en Howard!

 

Silvana Appel on Facebook (August 31, 2016)

Snorkeling

Excellent excursion. Elmer and Larry were top notch guides. We enjoyed seeing and learning a lot about the island and the snorkeling was fantastic. Highly recommend this tour.

 

carladea on TripAdvisor (August 15, 2016)

Jeepsafari met Howard

Ook wij hebben een geweldige jeepsafari met Howard achter de rug. Geweldige gids met humor. Kapot gelachen! Tof om het eiland zo te zien en ondertussen ook de geschiedenis te leren kennen. En alles met een lach. Flamingo's check, zeeschildpadden check, leguaan check....enzv. Lunch (broodjes en salades) en drinken prima in orde. Deze trip was het geld absoluut waard. Ik zeg doen!

 

Dewi d on TripAdvisor (August 2, 2016)

Gaaf Jeepsafari!

Ontzettend gave Jeep safari. Heerlijk die wind door je haren en van alles zien. Geen last van de warmte en de zon, doordat de jeeps een doek boven het zit gedeelte hebben. Ze nemen je mee over de Hato vlakte, naar een Blowhole en een grot. Daarnaast wordt er van alles verteld over de flora en fauna van Curacao. Ze zijn vriendelijk en maken er een gezellige dagtrip van. Aan het eind van de middag nemen ze je mee naar Kokomo beach voor een verfrissende duik.

Een echte aanrader aan het begin van je vakantie om zo rond te kijken!

 

denisedO6413VJ on TripAdvisor (August 1, 2016)

In 1 dag super veel leuke onderdelen van het eiland gezien, ook nog eens met een hele leuke gids!

 

Sharon van Leijen on Facebook (July 25, 2016)

Howard took us on amazing tour of the island!! His knowledge is beyond compare! And he is funny too! Lunch was terrific. Don't be afraid, order the iguana soup--you only live once! :) It really does taste like chicken. I can't wait to go back again and bring my husband and son. My daughter and I had the trip of a lifetime. Now, I need to share it with the rest of my family! Thank you Howard!!

 

Kathleen Kollar on Facebook (July 21, 2016)

Wonderful World of Water Tour-Emphasis on WONDERFUL

I've said it before, but when you travel with 3 teenage girls, it's a challenge to find something that they're gonna like, and that Mom and Dad are gonna like too! Well, we found such a thing in Curaçao.

I found Curaçao-Actief online and we were intrigued by the Wonderful World of Water tour, a full day excursion that would take us to all points on an island we know absolutely nothing about.

From my first email to Bettina in the office, to the minute Elmer returned us to our hotel, wet and tired, it was a phenomenal experience.

We rode around for about 7 hours in the shaded back of a Toyota Forerunner seeing every site we could possibly imagine from a desert made of coral, to the most beautiful ocean inlets with swimming turtles. We saw caves full of bats and snorkelled at two gorgeous beaches. We swam with sea turtles and with large schools of beautiful fish.

Elmer, our guide, took is on a fantastic four, complete with the island's history, it's politics, its economy and stories of its people. We saw parks and desert terraces, the plains, and the ocean from each side of this beautiful island. We stopped midway for a picnic lunch. We ended the day with a quick tour through Punda, the historic downtown of Willemstad.

We highly recommend this tour and this company to anyone with a day to spend in Curaçao. Thanks Bettina. Thanks Elmer.

 

Sean S on TripAdvisor (July 19, 2016)

Deze excursie is echt een aanrader. Je krijgt veel te weten, en te zien over het eiland. Met Howard als gids is de dag compleet. Hij weet wat mensen vermaken is. Kortom een dag die wij niet hadden willen missen, en als we terug komen zeker nog eens over willen doen. Complimenten voor de organisatie, en vooral voor Howard !

 

Arjan van Overveld on Facebook (July 19, 2016)

Rapidez para responder y reservar. El paseo,increible

Estando en Curazao hicimos una reserva via email y nos respondieron en no menos de 1 hora. Pudimos contratar la excursión, pagarla y realizarla sin problema. Un servicio de primera.
También, nos asistieron de manera muy rápida y cordial al coordinar nuestro transfer.
Estoy superagredecido por sus servicios. Contraten confiados.
La excursion Breath of Curacao fue excelente. El guía sabia mucho,realizando los relatos tanto en Ingles como en castellano. Es una oportunidad para no quedarse solo con la imagen de playa y centro histórico de Curazao.

 

AngelArielR on TripAdvisor (July 18, 2016)

Wij hebben zondag ipv zaterdag omdat het weer tegen zat,een geweldige tour met de jeep gehad
Wij hadden ook heel leuke chauffeurs/reisleiders die ons prachtige verhalen wisten te vertellen over de plekken die we bezochten,niet alle plekken waren vrolijk omdat er ook in het verleden slaven werden gehouden op curaçao
Maar de sfeer over de gehele dag genomen was top en aan humor ontbrak het ook niet!
Echt een aanrader!
Groetjes maayan en Lital

 

Maayan Coppens on Facebook (July 18, 2016)

Wij hebben met ons gezin de safari tour gedaan. Prachtige dag gehad..zeer goede guide Chippie. .fantastische vent...Howard reed met de andere groep mee..top gozers...

 

Marit Getkate-Leemhuis on Facebook (July 13, 2016)

Tour on Curacao

We look back on a fun and interesting tour through nature. The interaction with the guide had an added value. Recommended!

 

Selma R on TripAdvisor (June 28, 2016)

It was so much fun. Our tour guide, Howard was wonderful.

 

Isobel W on Viator (June 26, 2016)

AWESOME!!!! Great Tour and Great Company

We went on a Caribbean Cruise and booked this trip through Skymiles. We were apprehensive after a bad experience in our previous port, however, the moment we departed the cruise ship we were pleasantly surprised with the professionalism of this company. We were met with a sign directly off the pier. Henry was our tour guide and he kept us laughing all day with his sound effects and he also had an intensive knowledge of the island. We felt as is we truly got an overview of the island. I particularly was impressed with his treatment of people we encountered during the trip...just a genuinely a good person. The sights were breathtaking and our snorkel stop was impressive with colorful fish and the bluest water I have ever witnessed. He took the time to make the tour personal. Following the trip I inadvertently forgot a pair of shoes on the jeep and they went above and beyond successfully getting them back to me before the ship departed. This is a company that loves what they do, provided tons of information, and are the perfect representatives of Curacao. I would book again and recommend to all.

 

Noadiah S on TripAdvisor (June 25, 2016)

We googled lots of tour companies and found curaçao actief. The owner contacted me and we made our personal day. Henry met us at the terminal win our name on it and our jeep was waiting for us. We toured the hato cave, toured the desert, saw the bulls eye, human jacuzzi, saw turtles at boca ascension, drove by playa Kip and snorkeled at playa Lagun on way home drove us by the pink flamingos. Henry made this tour so much fun and we went places no tour bus or van could take you. Thanks for a great time

 

Tina Bohrer on Facebook (June 21, 2016)

Incredible, seriously Harold is the best guide what a blast. Thank you! Would recommend snorkeling and boka views are a must see and can be done in this quick trip!

 

Grace K on Viator (June 16, 2016)

Elmer, our guide, was simply amazing! His knowledge of all that is Curacao was impressive, and we were fortunate to see some wonderful sights while learning all about he history of the island.

 

Adam L on Viator (May 28, 2016)

fun-packed safari

This was a lot of fun. Howard and Chippie were fabulous guides - friendly, knowledgeable, great company. Howard's jeep driving skills were excellent! The day was crammed full of interesting stuff - the Christoffel National Park, the Savonet plantation house and museum, natural wonders like the wild north coast - loads of fabulous birds, iguanas, turtles, flamingoes! There was a great picnic lunch ... and the day wound up with a restful hour on a gorgeous private beach ... to snorkel, swim, or just sit in the bar and drink beer. What more could you ask for?! Highly recommended.

 

vradevuk on TripAdvisor (May 26, 2016)

Wij hebben echt genoten van de tocht en van 'gezagvoerder' Howard. Hopelijk tot een volgende keer.

 

Arthur Dongelmans on Facebook (May 24, 2016)

Very Professional

We were part of a wedding party over 120 people, so while still at home looked for a tour company regarding a private return transfer, we sure did not want to be in the big buses and have to stay on line for check in at the resort, obviously we wanted to get there first/
I contacted Curacao-Actief and almost immediately they responded answering all my questions. I was impressed and we settle for a pick up and return to the airport. They were professional. timely and very friendly, we were the first couple out, our plane landed early but few minutes later saw their representative with our names and quickly we were on our way to the resort. If I ever return to this beautiful island I will not hesitate to book their services again.
Thank you.

 

gpm11 on TripAdvisor (May 23, 2016)

Een jeeptour om aan te raden! Wij konden ivm onze leeftijd geen auto huren, maar hebben door deze tocht het idee gehad dat we toch super veel hebben gezien!
Gids Howard was hilarisch en kon je super veel vertellen en laten zien.

 

Romy de Bruyn on Facebook (May 17, 2016)

Een geweldige dag gahad. Heel veel gelachen en op mooie plekjes geweest waar je normaal niet komt. We hebben een hoop geleerd van curacao.

 

Benny Bon on Facebook (May 17, 2016)

Howard maakte de trip al onvergetelijk met zijn aankomst: of we voor de duiksafari kwamen . Verder veel leuke en minder leuke kanten van Curacao gezien en Chippie was zowaar even gezellig als Howard. Een zekere aanrader!!!

 

Paul Ragnauth on Facebook (May 16, 2016)

East and West Island Tour with Larry

I was looking forward to this excursion the most and it totally delivered! You get to see the island from one side to the other with some stops at places where you couldn't really get via shuttle or local taxi (unless you rent a car, which we didn't) - you get to learn some history/background about local people and the city, you get to go to see how Curacao Liquor is made and to try it at the local spot, stop at some amazing beaches where you can actually get to swim or simply chill/absorb the beauty, there is a stop for lunch and although at your own expense I highly recommend it as our tour guide Larry took as upon our request to Jan Chi to try Iguana for lunch! :), and some other things you would want to see. A lot of the time you will spend in the car so what we did the next, and I highly recommend you as well to compliment this excursion with your short trip to the city (majority if not all resorts offer a free shuttle round trip) so you can walk around "downtown" and do some close ups :) it's impossible to do the driving and walking together the same day due to such a variety and volume of things to see on the island so I was perfectly fine with this combination we came up with, and honestly if I had turned back time I would still have done this one and go to the city on my own the 2nd day exactly as we did it in the first place => perfect combination

If you get a chance and want to see the islands, city, check out unique stuff on the island this is something for you, and if you can request your driver do go with Larry - amazingly knowledgeable, super friendly and warm person!

 

Greg R on TripAdvisor (May 12, 2016)

Awesome Experience

This was my first time to your island, and first impressions are everything. As soon as my mother and I landed are driver was waiting for us, very attentive, super friendly and very knowledgable about the area and sites. He got us to the resort quick, easy and no problems. On are return to the airport yesterday, it was the same great service with the same driver, he picked us up on time and got us to the airport and wished us happy travels, I can't say enough great things! Thank you to running a great company with awesome people working for you, we will be returning to Curaçao because of all the wonderful experiences.

 

A TripAdvisor Member on TripAdvisor (May 8, 2016)

Howard, our guide, was knowledgable about all the sights we visited. Plus he was hilarious! Great day out!

 

Patricia D on Viator (May 4, 2016)

Excellent snorkel excursion

Small group led by Howard. He took us to a small beach with fantastic snorkeling right off the beach in shallow, protected water. Beautiful coral and tropical fish. He then took us to a sunken tugboat which was a little bit of a swim from shore. The tug was okay but he then took us a little farther out to a ledge that was fantastic. Stunning fans and tons of fish. Howard is a free diver who swam with us and went out of his way to show us things we would have missed on our own. We ended with a visit to an old fort. Howard is very knowledgeable and entertaining on a vast variety of subjects and clearly wants his clients to have the best time they could possibly have. My wife and I have snorkeled on many islands in the Caribbean and this ranks near the top. If you take this excursion, I urge you to request Howard. You will thank me.

 

48Swampy on TripAdvisor (April 17, 2016)

Our guide Howard made the day even better than we expected! We were treated to an extra snorkel location and a stop at the old fort around the corner from the tugboat site. Fish abounded bring a piece of bread in a plastic bag keep the bag!!! to feed the fish - a highlight of the tour.

 

Vivian H on Viator (April 6, 2016)

This was the BEST! No one else booked at the time I picked so it was essentially a private tour and i went around the whole island and it was curated to my lack of snorkeling experience. Elmer explained the history of the island, points on interest and took great care of me. You can tell he really loves what he does and making people happy. He was an incredible guide!

 

Dorothy K on Viator (April 6, 2016)

Breathe of Curacao Tour- PRICELESS & AMAZING!!

Amazingly, breathtaking views. Awesome Tour. First, I would like to thank our guide Mr. Chippie (pictured below). He made us feel welcomed and not rushed at all. He's extremely knowledgeable and this company is top notch. It was smooth sailing from the very first email. Ms. Bettina helping with reservations was awesome as well. We appreciate you making our experience in Curacao a memorable one. You have a beautiful island and it was great to explore your hidden gems. Our excursion was fun and we learned so much. I cannot say enough how happy I am that I found your company. The pictures do not do it justice.

Blessings!! Until next time Curacao!!

Perez Family
Florida USA

 

Aixa P on TripAdvisor (March 24, 2016)

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to share a lot about Caracao. We loved the caves and the wild water and the target area left from the 2nd world war.

 

Heather M on Viator (March 21, 2016)

Enorm interessante Jeepsafari met Howard, wat een belevenis!

Wij hadden als tip doorgekregen om deze jeepsafari te doen op Curacao en als het even kon ook met Howard. Door omstandigheden konden we niet met een geplande excursie mee. Op ons verzoek toch een tour kunnen maken en met Howard. Het was een geweldig leuke en interessante ervaring. Howard weet ontzettend veel van en over het eiland en zijn bewoners (mens, dier, plant en zee) en weet dit ook nog eens heel humoristisch te brengen waardoor je het alleen maar beter onthoudt.
Tijdens deze tour zie en hoor je geschiedenis van de bevolking en het land, de noordkant van het eiland en de de omgeving van de Christoffelberg.

 

297adah on TripAdvisor (March 18, 2016)

Tugboat snorkeling tour

My boyfriend and I went on the tugboat snorkeling your through Actief and it was a great time. Howard was our guide and he was very friendly and knowledgable about snorkeling and the island. We went to two different snorkeling locations with shipwrecks and then he took us up to Fort Beekenburg. We had a fun time and I highly recommend booking through Actief and requesting Howard if you're looking for a snorkeling tour.

 

A TripAdvisor Member on TripAdvisor (March 12, 2016)

Amazing all day tour of the island

We signed up for this tour on-line and the registration process was simple. All the information was accurate. We signed up for the full day East and West Island tour. Larry, our tour guide, met us just outside the gate where the ship was piered (just below the large high rise bridge) with my name on a sign. It turned out we were the only two who had signed up that day, so we had a private tour! It was absolutely wonderful. We had a 5-6 hour tour of the entire island, with multiple stops. We went all over the island, and Larry (who in addition to the normal points of interest and historical facts also gave us a lot of local information and answered our dozens and dozens of questions about local issues) was one of the most personable guides we have ever had. We went from resorts to the Curacao liquor factory to a great lunch on the north shore and had an hour at a great beach before heading back to town. This was a fabulous day. When compared to everyone else on the ship, it was obvious that we had the best tour of all, and learned and saw the most. Thanks to Larry. It was a day to remember. It was an in-depth chance to learn about the entire island and its history and culture. Fabulous! Incredible value for the money. If you have the time (it was 6-7 hours), do this tour! Not strenuous at all. Air conditioned van. No climbing except at the beach, mild steps there.

 

RPI-hockey-fan on TripAdvisor (March 8, 2016)

Outstanding

One of the islands we visited on our Panama Canal cruise was Curacao. Curacao is one of the 3 best islands in the Caribbean for snorkeling, but it’s also full of beauty. We choose a jeep tour so we could go to all the raw-beautiful spots on the island, and yet feel the rushing breezes and see the vivid colors that abounded. No a/c, tempered glass bus of 40 here – and that was the best part! The Curacao we saw was the wilderness, the isolation, and the feeling that we were someplace where time had stopped. No touristy stuff, just hardcore beauty and sightseeing.
We elected to do The Exclusive Wonderful World of Water Eco Jeep Tour, which had only six people on our trip. Our guide, Howard, made this trip the very best we’ve ever had during a Cruise. He was a riot! His use of his mike, making noises of a police siren to move people walking in the streets off to the side, and other sounds were hilarious. His mimicking of a transmission between an airplane pilot and the control tower, including the sound effect of the air rush after speaking, precluded a sudden high-speed run up a paved, deserted road! What fun. For the off-road, bumpy stretches, Peggy just hugged the back corner and held herself up off the seat a little so the impact wouldn’t be as bad. Still, seeing this, Howard slowed a bit in some rougher areas.
Howard made the trip fun, but his knowledge and excitement for his native country was infectious. He told us he would be showing us his ‘kiddies’ up ahead, and then after debarking, he began calling his kiddies, which were lizards, and fed them bread from his fingers, all the while talking soothingly to them. But Howard also knew his native plants, and medicines from them, and facts about the native wildlife.
On the trip, we drove through the wide-open planes of Hato, a “mini desert,” and then we opened a gate and drove right through a farm! We also saw an Oriole and other exotic birds. With Howard’s continued narrative, we then got to Boka (bay) Ascension, a spiritual kind of place in that it is where the Curacao turtles find their way back, every year, to lay their eggs on the sands. Further up the coast, we stopped at the Shete Boka Park and had lunch and saw our best view of the exotic Caracara bird, and several Iguanas, which are plentiful on the island. Then we saw the Park’s rugged and rocky formations along with huge crashing waves. We bumped and jiggled our way up the coast to the top of Curacao. In the Noordpunt area where we saw more big breakers crash into the coral cliffs, and an incredible blowhole, which is ocean water that spews forth as it enters an under-coast cave that is open on the top.
Finally, we journeyed to the southwest coast of Curacao to visit Playa Lagun, a beautiful beach and cove for some snorkeling. Here, Howard gave some personal help to Dick in how to wear his snorkel mask over his facial hair, so as to get a good, tight seal. His help made all the difference, and we enjoyed the colorful fish, especially schools of small neon-tetra type fish. Snorkel, mask, fins and safety vest were included. Once we finished snorkeling, we were taken back to the cruise pier, laughing all the way from Howard’s wild noises and antics.
This jeep tour may not have been for the faint of heart, but we were willing to adapt for a bumpy ride and were rewarded for it. We were willing to let our inhabitations go and truly ENJOYED every second of it!

 

Dixie21228 on TripAdvisor (March 6, 2016)

Exclusieve Prachtige Wereld van Water Eco Jeep Tour

Slechts 8 mensen in de achterkant van deze kant Jeep. Onze gids, Elmer, was zeer informatief. De locaties waren geweldig en Elmer ging uit zijn manier om de dag interessant en plezier te maken. Tal van geweldige stopt, een picknick lunch, geschiedenis lessen, geografische informatie en een geweldig gevoel voor humor zorgden voor een geweldige dag. Snorkelen aan het eind van de dag was bijzonder beloont. We raden dit spannend en informatieve tour.

 

1909Linda on TripAdvisor (February 24, 2016)

this was an excellent tour. The tour started off in the morning and we went off the main road to the Northern side of the island. We saw a lot of the coasts, beaches, and other natural items that we would not have otherwise seen. We also explored other aspects of the island including beaches more frequented by locals, and this provided us with some good ideas for coming back. The guide also provided some good history lessons and information on the island. The guide also had water and lemonade on his truck and this was a nice gesture.
The only note is that the tour description stated passengers should bring beach attire and towels, but the tour involved more hiking and while we visited beaches and cliffs we did not need beach attire.
Overall though a wonderful tour that showed a different side of the island, and one that we would not have seen on our own.

 

0504Traveller on Viator (February 19, 2016)

Excellent tour. Howard is a terrific host.

 

Ed S on Viator (February 10, 2016)

We a had a fun time on this tour. At both snorkeling locations we were brought to an old pier and the sunken tugboat, we saw a nice variety of fish and had plenty of time to explore. Our guide, Elmer, was a super nice guy, and very informative about the areas in and around Willemstad that we passed on the drive. While I'm not sure it's worth coming all the way from the west side of the island where we stayed and where there is a lot of fantastic DIY snorkeling, if you're staying in the Willemstad area you should definitely consider booking a tour with these guys.

 

Jeffrey L on Viator (February 5, 2016)

Awesome Day Exploring Curacao

Curacao Actief picked18 of us (9 children from 2 to 14 years old and 9 adults) at the cruise terminal and took us on the Wonderful World of Water tour (also known as the Shete Boka National Park and Playa Lagun Snorkel Adventure in Curacao). Our 3 drivers, Chippy, Elmer and Howard were wonderful, very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides! They took us along the north coast where we saw natural coral caves, beautiful coves, sea turtles and a wara wara bird. The views are breath taking, although the drive itself is somewhat rough due to the dirt and coral roads. For most of us it was fine, but the older generation in our party were a little sore from the bouncing. We stopped for lunch at the Shete Boka National Park snack stand and had chicken salad, crab salad and egg salad. For a few $$ more you can also try the Iguana stew... We then loaded the jeeps back up and drove to Playa Lugun. Personally, I would have loved more time here! The beach is small, but very clean. The kids had a great time building sand castles and playing in the sandy shallows. The best snorkeling we found was along the left hand cliff bank. The coral colors were absolutely gorgeous. We saw lots of different fish and an octopus! On the way back to our cruise ship, we stopped at a lagoon that was home to a flock of beautiful pink flamingos. Bettina at CA helped get us booked for this tour. They were very accommodating as we arrived in Curacao on a cruise ship and had a very limited amount of time. I highly recommend this tour whether you only have a few hours in Curacao or are staying a while!

 

tenderimages on TripAdvisor (January 26, 2016)

This tour was awesome. We had the best tour guide, Howard, who was willing to answer all of our questions and also act as our photographer. Perfect way to see the island, culture and natural landmarks. The only thing I was I would advise to future tour goers is to bring some snacks. The lunch is either chicken, tuna or egg salad. So if you don't like mayonnaise or any of those three options, bring your own food.

 

Alice C on Viator (January 18, 2016)

Wow..an excursion for only 4 people! Our driver was friendly and knowledgable. He did not rush us to get out of the water. He also protected us from a huge jellyfish! He was in the water with us...that's personable. Good snorkeling locations. No snack provided, and we had to ask for a bottle of water. We would take this again.

 

Russell M on Viator (January 14, 2016)

We really enjoyed our outing with Howard, who is very outgoing, funny, and knowledgeable. We learned a lot and appreciated his depth of knowledge and pride in showing us these wonderful, memorable and beautiful places on Curacao. Please thank him personally from the Feitels and the Sudocks--we hope to see him again when we return!

 

federfeitel.lisa on Viator (January 11, 2016)

Hoe een Annuleringen OK te maken

Voor onze cruise schip aangemeerd kregen we een e-mail van Curaçao Actief liet ons weten dat onze Adem van Curaçao tour geannuleerd was wegens ziekte van de bestuurder. Maar ze bood ons een gratis tour met het snorkelen tour diezelfde dag. We namen ze met het. De eerste snorkel het hotel zelf was een oude pier en het had een groot assortiment van vis en Coral. Het water was vrij schokkerig dicht bij de kust maar het snorkelen was prima. De chauffeur was zeer attent en behulpzaam. Hij reed ons naar twee andere snorkelcruises waar sites - een gezonken sleepboot en een zeer mooie strand. De meesten van ons snorkelden de tug boat maar de derde halte - het strand - de schokkerig voorwaarden had ons allemaal slechts genieten van het landschap van het strand. Ik had of er was een plek om te kopen Curaçao drank vroegen hoewel het zondag was. De bestuurder maakte enkele telefoontjes en tot mijn verbazing de Curacao drinkwater hadden voor het cruiseschip geopend en onze chauffeur nam het van lading van ons er. Het was interessant en ik was in staat om Curaçao kopen van de werkelijke Curacao drinkwater. Ik waardeerde echt dat! Ik zou zeker aanraden. Ik nog willen terugkeren en doen de adem van Curaçao en de blow hole en Nationaal Park zien.

 

KitTexas2014 on TripAdvisor (January 7, 2016)

Great fun on jeep tour with Howard

We went on the half-day version. This is a wonderful tour, especially so with others who are social and fun. And then there's Howard - a knowledgeable and very funny guide who kept everything interesting and very enjoyable!

One of the best tours we've ever taken.

 

dbw2011 on TripAdvisor (January 4, 2016)

Te gekke jeepsafari!

We hebben een te gekke tour gehad met Howard Newton. Hij heeft ons diverse mooie plekjes laten zien op Curaçao. Het is écht een aanrader om met deze tour mee te gaan. Hij laat je plekjes zien die een andere tour wellicht achterwege laat. We hebben een soort van geisers gezien. Prachtige foto's kunnen maken! Zijn Howard nadien nog 2x tegen gekomen en hij was telkens weer super enthousiast om ons te zien! Helaas is het niet gelukt hem te vinden op Facebook.......! Ondanks verwoede pogingen.

 

wilhasten on TripAdvisor (December 19, 2015)

Perfekter Tag

Auch wir hatten das Glück die Offroad Tour mit anschließendem strandbesuch mit Schnorcheln zu buchen. Howard unser Guide ist einfach ein sehr unterhaltsamer, angenehmer Mensch. Wir wurden auf charmante und nette Art über die Sehenswürdigkeiten der Insel informiert. Es hat richtig viel Spaß gemacht. Die Bucht fürs schnorcheln war auch klasse.

 

Ralph I on TripAdvisor (November 28, 2015)

Amazing!!

Took the Wonderful World of Water Jeep tour and it was amazing. This tour is for people that love the natural side of a destination, out tour guide Elmer was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We saw a good chunk of the island and it ended with Snorkeling. water/juice and Lunch was included but was VERY disappointing, all that was offered were three types of Salads (Tuna salad, Chicken salad and egg salad) and buns. Not liking creamy salads all my husband and I could eat was a dry bun so were very hungry at the end of the tour. Caution though that this tour is very bumpy and not at all for those with back/neck problems.

 

katrionab on TripAdvisor (November 4, 2015)

Spent the day exploring parts of Curacao no other tour was going to show me. Tour was a little bumpy when off road but thats to be expected. Excellent experience. Snorkeling was excellent, many various fish were so close to shore that it took very little effort to swim with them.

 

Debra M on Viator (October 30, 2015)

De Tugboat & reef snorkel_nns tour met actief in Curaçao

Curaçao Bezocht op cruise. Boekten op voorhand met actief. Elmer ontmoette ons buiten de terminal. Hij was een geweldige gids. We hadden een uitstekende tour van het gebied evenals geweldige snorkelen. Het was gewoon ons 2 plus Elmer. Hij toegestaan ons te halen en kies, in plaats van een schema. cruise was voor onze 28e huwelijksverjaardag en Elmer maakte Curaçao zo speciaal voor ons, we plan om terug te keren voor een week volgend jaar. Het was onze favoriete halte van de cruise. Genoten van de manier waarop zij met ons werkten als onze cruise niet tot 1 :00 kwam en een heleboel dingen niet beschikbaar waren. Zeer professioneel en zeer goedkoop. Wateren waren zeer duidelijk en vis waren afgeleid. koralen waren kleurrijk, met zowel harde en zachte variëteiten in overvloed. We zullen zeker op een ander Actief tour in de toekomst.

 

PJM280 on TripAdvisor (October 15, 2015)

Great jeep tour, great guide too

Tour hits most of the highlights outside of Williamstead, guide was great, right amount of time for a day long excursion,

 

Tomboston2015 on TripAdvisor (September 28, 2015)

Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour

Awesome Tour!!! Larry, our guide, included extra bonuses into this tour, and provided educational points about Curacao's culture, people, and history. The tugboat snorkel was also very fun and a really cool time! Thank you to Larry and to the tour company for a great time!!!

 

Bogdan O on Viator (September 28, 2015)

Shete Boka National Park and Playa Lagun Snorkel Adventure

This was my most favorite tour out of all in Curacao, because it was so cool to go out into the remote parts of Curacao and see a different side of this beautiful island. I finally got to see turtles in Curacao thanks to this tour, and our guide Howard please forgive me if I mixed up the names was super informative and educational about all aspects of Curacao. He was also super funny, he should do stand up comedy on the side. We also got to snorkel at Playa Lagun, which to me was the perfect way to end the tour. By the way, the lunch provided was super good and very filling, which made the rest of the day even more enjoyable! Thank you to Howard and to the tour company for a great time!!!

 

Bogdan O on Viator (September 24, 2015)

Chippy and the Jeep Tour

My husband and I decided to book travels with Curacao Actief for a jeep safari. Our tour guide for the day was Chippy and he really made our adventure awesome. We started with a jeep off road tour along the coast and stopped at some of the bocas on the island.
Chippy Was extremely knowledgeable about the island and explained alot, particularly about the land and the island, while driving along the coast. We stopped a few times along the coast before stopping at Sheta Boca and got a chance to explore and eat lunch. Chippy prepared lunch which included: crossiant rolls with 3 assortment of "salads" to with the sandwich.
After lunch we went to a beach and snorkled for about a hour before heading back to other side of the island.
Chippy waa great and really made the trip fun due to his ability to communicate and connect with us and the other guests. The actual jeep ride was bumpy and slightly uncomfortable BUT it was a jeep tour so it was to be expected !

 

sjasek on TripAdvisor (August 31, 2015)

Jeep safari

We have had an excellent day, with our crazy driver Howard! He is very entertaining, knows the beautiful environment! We have seen many birds, turtles and beautiful nature spots!

 

Nicole V on TripAdvisor (August 22, 2015)

Great full day trip, with a fun guide

We had a great trip with a fun guide who had lots to tell. The two of us were in the pick-up with a family of 4 and had enough room for our bags and flippers. We saw several great places like bat caves, boka pistol and a nice beach where we snorkeled in the afternoon.
The provided food was tasty and plentyfull.

 

Victor D on TripAdvisor (August 20, 2015)

Fun and informative jeep safari

I had a great time on the jeep safari tour. We went all over the island, and stopped at many interesting places. Our guide, Elmer, was very informative and spoke English, Papamientu, and Spanish. Even though I had just done the complete island tour that took us on almost the same route, this tour was interesting because we stopped at different places. We also went to Shete Boka National Park, but our guide took us to a different location in the park than I had been previously. Lunch was included in the tour. It consisted of tuna salad and chicken salad. We also did some snorkeling at the end of the tour. It was very interesting and I'm glad I went!

 

Daniela128 on TripAdvisor (August 2, 2015)

Fun and informative island tour

My husband and I had a great time on our full-day island tour and snorkeling excursion. Howard was our guide, and we have nothing but good things to say about him. He was full of fun facts about the island and its history, wildlife, and plants. His slightly off-kilter sense of humor kept us entertained on the driving stretches in between stops, and we were able to go places in the open-air jeep that we definitely couldn't have gone with our rental car, and probably wouldn't have even heard about from our hotel staff. The snorkeling at Playa Lagun was beautiful. It was my first time snorkeling, but my husband is an experienced diver, and we both had a great time seeing some beautiful fish, coral, and even school of small squid! We would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for an entertaining introduction to the island!

 

KarenMac27 on TripAdvisor (July 23, 2015)

We willen langs deze weg nog even melden dat we de safari super vonden. De gidsen wisten veel en ze waren ook nog eens ontzettend grappig. Tjonge, wat hebben we gelachen. Haha. Howard is een geboren acteur. Haha. Howard, stuur je ons je e-mail of je FB. We willen een kinderfestival gaan organiseren op de Antillen en we willen jou iets vragen. Groetjes, Guy Renardeau, Lucienne Tomesen (zie FB, dan herken je ons vast wel, Chippie heeft een naamkaartje van ons meegekregen).

 

Lucienne Tomesen on Facebook (July 21, 2015)

Island Tour - Must Do

We took the full day island tour and if you want to see all Curacao has to offer this is the way to do it !

Our guide was Pappi who was absolutely incredible in showing us all of the sights of Willemsted, Spanish Water, Liqueur factory, shete boca tabla, west punt, Kenepa Beach and of course - the flamingos and everything in between !!

I really felt that we got to see the whole of this beautiful island and I consider it a must do if you're here and you have any interest in the sights and culture of this country.

 

Craigsloman on TripAdvisor (July 13, 2015)

Howard really made this tour an amazing journey around some the best spots in the Island. Playa Lagun is a really nice place to snorkel.

 

Jennifer F on Viator (July 10, 2015)

Jeep Safari

Super leuke dag gehad! Mooie Tour en Howard was echt een leuke gids! Een absolute aanrader als je de "andere" kant van het eiland wil zien en ook een beetje wat over de cultuur en de landschap wil weten. Super gezellig en een leuk ervaring!

 

Carol F on TripAdvisor (July 7, 2015)

Tug Boat & Reef Snorkeling Tour

I booked this tour as I wanted to snorkel the Tug Boat. It was me, and 2 other family's, a total of 8 of us. Our guide, Howard, was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable about the fish and the surrounding land. We had some first time snorkelers in the group and he was very patient and checked on everyone multiple times. I highly recommend this tour as it is a must see! The Tug Boat itself is amazing, but being taken to the drop off is awe inspiring in itself. There was a lot of fish to see along with coral and sponges. I'd also like to extend an extra special thanks to Howard for making the tour enjoyable and showing the group some of the flora of the surrounding area and educating us about Curacao.

 

HMW1214 on TripAdvisor (June 21, 2015)

I had a great time on the jeep safari tour. We went all over the island, and stopped at many interesting places. Our guide, Elmer, was very informative and spoke English, Papamientu, and Spanish. Even though I had just done the complete island tour that took us on almost the same route, this tour was interesting because we stopped at different places. We also went to Shete Boka National Park, but our guide took us to a different location in the park than I had been previously. Lunch was included in the tour. It consisted of tuna salad and chicken salad. We also did some snorkeling at the end of the tour. It was very interesting and I'm glad I went!

 

Melody M on Viator (June 18, 2015)

What a wondefful tour. Howard was a great teacher as both me and the kid had never snorkled before. Highly recommend! Wish we had time this trip to do it again.

 

Nathalie A R on Viator (June 11, 2015)

Genoten van een geweldige jeep-safari over het midden en noordwesten van het eiland. Veel gezien en gelachen met Howard. We bevelen deze tour bij iedereen aan!
Ook de lunch bij Savonet was heerlijk.....

 

Martie Schoenmaker on Facebook (June 5, 2015)

Tour guide was great. Made couple extra stops. Snorkeling near the tugboat was awesome.

 

Mace on Viator (May 29, 2015)

Met Curaçao Actief heb100% een leuke vakantie!

Curaçao Actief is een Super goede firma. Zij regelen werkelijk alles van animatie en steken zo een leuke en vooral onvergetelijke droomvakantie in elkaar. Je moet maar zeggen wat je wilt bezichtigen of wat je wilt doen, zij regelen dat allemaal. Het enige dat je moet doen is genieten.

 

Rummibeertje on TripAdvisor (May 24, 2015)

Back Country Curacao Tour

My wife and I took the Island Tour. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a good way to get off of the resort and see the island that most tourists don't see. Howard, our guide was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and also very entertaining! He did an excellent job of getting us around and seeing the sights. I would recommend this tour to anyone who likes to get out in the country and play.

 

MORoadStar on TripAdvisor (May 21, 2015)

Recently returned from a short but busy extended weekend vacation in Curacao. My daughters and I really enjoyed this tour although we were the only ones on it but that only meant we had our guide Elmer all to ourselves. The two spots for snorkeling were amazing especially the first beach we visited. The wide and various undersea marine life wsa so beautiful and awe inspiring it makes you want to stay for hours. The sunken tugboat was an adventure in and of itself. We swam out to the wreck on the edge of a great divide, it's something you know you may never have the opportunity to do again. Really quite exciting to behold.

 

Sharondeyhle on Viator (May 17, 2015)

We loved this excursion! Our tour guide, Elmer, was very kind and knowledgable. He picked us up at our resort on time and we began our day riding in the back of an open-air Safari truck. It was very windy but he was a safe driver and made us very comfortable. We explored the coastline and saw the blowhole and other amazing sights. He took the time to explain the history of the land and culture, and even went out of his way to show us the sea turtles, flamingos, plantation houses and remnants of bomb shells from WWII. We also enjoyed the beautiful view at Shete Boka, but unfortunately the caves were closed due to high waves. Elmer provided us with a delicious lunch and got our cruise ship passengers back on time.
Highly recommended!

 

Ely M on Viator (May 12, 2015)

Honeymoon Highlight

My husband and I booked the airport shuttle transportation and the jeep tour for our honeymoon. We were in constant communication with the company prior to your arrival. Our flight was a day late due to weather and we were able to easily reschedule our pick up time. Additionally, they waited for us at the airport while we made it through customs and baggage, all with a smile. They ensured our tour for the following day. Elmer, our guide, picked us up promptly at our hotel. He was quite friendly and very knowledgable about the island. He also gave my husband and I plenty of time at each site. It was like a personal tour of the island. Knip Beach and the Shete Boka were our highlights. Lunch was light and fun. Facilities were clean - greatly appreciated lol. This was one of the highlights of our honeymoon. I can't recommend it any more highly.

 

WestWife2015 on TripAdvisor (May 5, 2015)

Snorkling and Tour

Best snorkeling in Curacao our guide Howard was the best. We were the only two on the tour that day so we got see a lot more. I would highly recommend this tour company. Thank you.

 

Debbie & Roger Montee on TripAdvisor (April 14, 2015)

Lieve howard, wij zijn nog aan het bijkomen van de fantastische tour van gisteren. Je woorden en visie hebben ons diep geraakt, en we waren erg onder de indruk van jou als bijzondere man en zijn bijzondere visie tijdens deze tour. Bedankt voor deze ronduit fantastische dag. Straks terug in nederland biij het weerzien van de foto's denk ik in ieder geval " Korasao, mi corazon!".( En tijdens het vliegen, buckle up! no worries :-)

 

Miloe Bos on Facebook (April 8, 2015)

We hebben een geweldige tour gehad met Howerd. Geen wet van Murphhy meer maar vanaf toen "de wet van Wanda". En speciaal voor Howerd: Opsokkebolje!

 

Wanda Visser-Feenstra on Facebook (March 18, 2015)

Great jeep tour in Curacao

We booked a half day tour with Curacao Actief while our cruise ship was in Willemstad for the day. What a great tour! The jeep can go where other tour buses can't so you get a really up close and unique tour of the island! It was such a great adventure. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and kind. Would definitely recommend this tour!

 

e_albanese1025 on TripAdvisor (March 10, 2015)

Super safari!!

Wat een ontzettend leuke dag hebben we gehad! Met onze familie waren we voor de tweede keer op Curacao, maar we hebben ontzettend veel geleerd over het eiland, de geschiedenis en de cultuur. Onze gids Elmer maakte grapjes en vertelde duidelijk over alles wat er te zien was, maar nam ook de tijd om alle vragen te beantwoorden en even te stoppen als we iets bijzonders tegenkwamen. Zeker een aanrader!!

 

Ivonne V on TripAdvisor (January 10, 2015)

Everything went well and on time this time unlike Aruba. Very very professional. I really enjoyed the commentary and the sights that we were taken to. The driver was excellent and so very nice. This is not a trip for anyone with a bad back as we were on very rough roads. I just loved it!! Good job on this one.

 

Nancy P on Viator (January 8, 2015)

It was a great tour. Curacao Actief did very well, we had a unique experience which was away from the ordinary tours. Larry our tour guide made it for fun for us, and he was with us on X-mas day. We had Fun!

 

Nitin G on Viator (December 25, 2014)

a perfect way to get an idea

During our last cruise we took a halfday trip. Our driver, Elmer, told us much abuot the island, from economy to fauna and flora. The jeep took us to places you can't go by bus and Elmer drove very carefully. I would highly recommend the tour if you don't care if it's a bit bumpy and you want to look behind the ordinary

 

Sabine N on TripAdvisor (December 14, 2014)

Not For Everyone, But Great For Those Who Dare!

My wife and I took this tour on our shore day at Curacao. What we did was ride in the covered bed of a genuine Range Rover all over the island, visiting places and sights in ordinary vehicles could only dream about. Now I know why Range Rovers are so expenseive. Our Guide, Elmer, was very knowledgable of the island and all the natural beauty it has to offer. This was a terrific tour that I would caution the elderly or those with phyiscal limitations to consider looking elsewhere. Very bumpy ride.

 

DougS851 on TripAdvisor (December 8, 2014)

Get away to something different.

the Breath of Curacao was a great tour to see some out of the ordinary things that most tours can't take you to. BUT, be aware you are in a 4x4 and crawling over a rocky beach. It will be a little rough and you will probably get a little dirty, but It will be worth it. You will see some blow holes, some caved, places where you can hear and see the air coming up through the ground and, if you take the whole day tour, you will snorkel in a secluded cove for a while.

A great way to see the sights if you are up for an adventure

 

Gary97TJ on TripAdvisor (December 4, 2014)

Great Shore Excursion!
We booked the "Breathe of Cruacao" tour for our port day in Curacao. Elmer was our guide/driver and he was great. It had been raining and the area was very muddy, with standing water so the vehicle had a hard time getting through. He went out of his way to make sure we saw everything we were supposed to on this trip.

This trip is not for the faint of heart or those that don't like to get dirty or sweat. You ride in the open back of a range rover type vehicle with a canvas over the top to protect from sun/rain. It is a very rough ride, after all you are going off roading to see the sights all the other tours miss. We had an awesome time and saw incredible sights we otherwise would not have been able to get to. I highly recommend this tour!

 

Kristy S on TripAdvisor (December 2, 2014)

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Curacao is a great place to snorkel.

 

Mark S on Viator (November 26, 2014)

Great way to explore the island

We visited Curacao via cruise ship and booked the excursion on board. Ali was our guide and a true Curacao native which was really nice as he knew the sights firsthand. He was courteous and very informative as we drove the complete length of the island which gives an interesting comparison from two difference coasts. He also took us to a beautiful beach for refreshments and much needed bathroom break. This tour is for those who are interested in more than just resort life and want to experience the real Curacao.

 

chickletrn on TripAdvisor (August 31, 2014)

Nice experience

The guide on the jeep tour was really entertaining. We had a wonderful day, the service of the company was good.

 

Björn H on TripAdvisor (August 16, 2014)

Fabulous Day!

This is a wonderful way to spend the day. There is a little bit of everything: culture, nature, sight- seeing, and beach. We took the Wonderful World of Water tour.

My family and I stopped in Curacao during our recent cruise (July 16). For frame of reference, my wife and I are early 40s, two boys (10 & 7), and my mom (late 60s). Finding our guides for the day was simply and the directions provided to the meeting place were spot on. Howard and Elmer were waiting for us exactly where they said they would be. Like all tours, a big part of why this is susch a great day is Howard and Elmer. Howard is a funny, gregarious guy who is extremely knowledgable about the island. What I liked most about Howard is that you could tell that he loves Curacao and wants to share a little bit of that love with you. As for Elmer, my mom couldn't hike down to one of the caves, so he stayed behind and talked with her in a covered picnic area. This was a very classy move by Elmer, and I really appreciated the attentiveness that both Howard and Elmer showed my mom. As for my boys, they absolutely loved, loved, loved the underground cave that lead out to the ocean. During our last dinner on the cruise ship, both of my boys said that the cave was the best part of their trip! This came as a complete surprise to my wife and me because we went snorkeling, sailing, hit some great beach, etc. And, they liked the underground cave the best! If you are like me and traveling with your parents (who might be 60s), they can definitely do this trip. All in all, this is a fantastic day and I recommend taking a trip with Curacao Actief.

 

TimTVirginia on TripAdvisor (July 20, 2014)

One of our favorite excursions!

This is a wonderful way to spend the day. There is a little bit of everything: culture, nature, sight- seeing, and beach. We took the Wonderful World of Water tour.

This was a small group excursion. I booked it through Cruise.com. It was the four of us and our guide. Our guide picked us up at the designated time and place by the pier. He took pictures for us, provided water, and a light snack. We saw parts of the island, included two forts. He told us a great deal about the island. Our favorite parts were the snorkel stops. He took us to a beautiful reef off of the beach. We then went over to the tugboat snorkel. He was in the water with us the whole time. He was a great guide, and the snorkeling was awesome. You might want to bring some diving booties. Going out to the snrokel spots were rocky beaches that were tough on the bare feet.

 

Laura44142 on TripAdvisor (July 2, 2014)

The best way to see Curaçao!

After several back & forth emailing from the States my family & I booked the "Wonderful World of Water" tour. We had a ton of fun, everyone on board our Land Crusier enjoyed Larry so much that we booked the Tug Boat tour the following day with him. Larry is very enjoyable, knowledgable & so nice. My husband, 13, 5 & myself enjoyed ourselves so much.

 

Audra M on TripAdvisor (June 13, 2014)

Informative and Fun

A few years now since our carribean cruise. 2009 to be precise. 5 years later and the part of the cruise that I remember the most is the tour of Curacao with Howard from Curacao Actief. The trouble with cruises is that there is not much time, so it was great to be collected and dropped off at the boat. Lunch was provided with cold drinks all day. For me, the highlight was seeing the Allies bombing target on the beach on the east side of the island, along with spent shells still intact nearly 70 years later.

 

Richard J on TripAdvisor (June 4, 2014)

Two great tours with Curacao Actief

Our family was fortunate to visit Curacao in February of 2014. We looked at many tour companies and chose this one based on Trip Advisor reviews and the recommendation of a friend who lives on the island.
We took two tours, both with Larry - what a fun, well-informed guy! We spent a day on the World of Water tour and a half day on the Tugboat tour. Both included some island history and great snorkelling. The jeeps are a little hard on the bum - my creaky bones would have preferred a more comfortable seat - but I knew what I was getting into. Larry managed to captivate my children, aged 14 and 18, and even got them to pay attention to his description of the water cycle! Lunch on the full day tour was basic but filling. There was lots of water and lime water to drink - very useful for North Americans not used to the heat!
These folks are well worth the money. Take your time, look around, ask them questions. The staff are friendly and helpful and will assist you to pick an appropriate tour based on your needs.

 

LLKOttawa on TripAdvisor (May 29, 2014)

Jeep Tour with Howard--Amazing!!!

We went on the Island Jeep Tour with the snorkeling option...It was the best part of our trip! Our tour guide Howard was knowledgeable, funny, interesting, and enthusiastic. The tour itself took us to amazing places we would not have seen otherwise. We began by taking a trip to the east side of the island-Howard knew so much about the terrain and could spot wildlife very easily. It was fantastic to be able to see birds and iguanas in their natural habitat. We then went to the cave and to the boka-both were quite breathtaking. From there we had lunch (provided) and then went to a scenic outlook. The snorkeling that came after was the best. We snorkeled in three different locations while we were there and this spot (Playa Lagun) had the most amazing fish, the most numerous fish, and the clearest, bluest water. Lastly we stopped at the salt ponds to see the flamingos. During the tour Howard pointed out historic landmarks such as where parts of the slave revolution took place and spotted a famous artist while he was working in his yard. All in all, the tour was great but our tour guide Howard made it extremely memorable. 10/10, would recommend.

 

LLKOttawa on TripAdvisor (May 21, 2014)

Jeep safari

Met de familie op jeep safari geweest, het was heel leuk. Aanrader voor iedereen die wil weten wat er op het eiland te zien is.

 

Bjorn v on TripAdvisor (May 12, 2014)

Snorkeling adventure

We prebooked an excursion from our Cruise Ship with Actief. We had a great tour of the island on the way to our first snorkeling spot which was a nice beach. The ride is not the most comfortable, but what can you expect...it's an island truck. Not bad...just not the most comfy. The supplies were just what we needed. The second stop, which had a sunken tug boat, was much more active and beautiful that the first. Both were nice beaches (but rocky entrances). The sunken tugboat was pretty cool, too! Our guide was extremely friendly!

 

kapitman on TripAdvisor (April 27, 2014)

Fun Snorkeling Trip with Curacao Actief!

My wife and I pre-booked an excursion with Curacao Actief (reef and tugboat snorkel) for our cruise stop. We were promptly greeted by Larry, who would be our guide for the afternoon. Larry was a blast - friendly, funny and informative.... we really enjoyed our time with him! It turned out to be just my wife and myself on the tour, which was a nice surprise. It really blows my mind to see a ship of over 3,000 passengers arrive into port and go out on cattle call snorkeling trips when you can have a much more pleasant experience with a private operator!!! Anyway, we went to two snorkeling destinations that were maybe 15-20 minutes from the port. During the drive there, Larry gave us some information about Willemstad and the island. The first snorkel destination was decent, but we really enjoyed the sunken tugboat portion. Since there was just the two of us, we had all the time we needed to explore both areas. After snorkeling, Larry gave us a delicious local treat that was some type of bread pudding with coconut. He gave us time to climb to the top of a nearby fort and see the sunset (our ship was in port from 2 PM to 11 PM). We asked that he drop us off downtown, and he had no problem accommodating this request. If you are on a cruise or going to be taking a land vacation in Curacao, be sure to book with Curacao Actief!

 

Thrillrider on TripAdvisor (April 22, 2014)

Perfect Wedding!

We recently got married in Curacao and worked with Curacao Actief for all of our transportation needs. From the second I contacted Curacao Actief, Jeffrey and Bettina were extremely helpful. They helped me arrange transportation for all of our guests coming to and from the United States. The drivers were always on time, polite, friendly and ensured that everyone was comfortable and happy! I would definitely recommend Curacao Actief for any transportation needs on the island. They were absolutely fabulous and helped make our wedding perfect!

 

Nell A on TripAdvisor (April 21, 2014)

Great day!

We met up with Elmer at the pier, and proceeded with a tour of the city. We then went to two snorkel sites, the first one off shore was just ok, the next one was a sunken tug boat, and it was pretty good...We had been to curacao once before, but we definitely got to see more on this tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our day, and Elmer was very accommodating. I recommend this excursion :)

 

Greg C on TripAdvisor (April 20, 2014)

Unsere beste Tour in der Karibik!

Wir hatten das Glück, einen ganzen Tag mit Howard diese Insel zu entdecken, uns es war ein Highlight unserer 4 Tours, die wir innerhalb von 6 Tagen auf 4 Inseln hatten. Howard hat es verstanden, uns an der bewegten Geschichte der Insel und seiner Einwohner (Sklaven) teilhaben zu lassen. Es hat uns anschaulich dargestellt, mit welcher Arroganz wir Europäer manchmal durch die Welt reisen, und vergessen was wir vielen Völkern angetan haben. Es hilft einem, wieder etwas bescheidener und mit anderen Augen auf bestimmte Dinge zu schauen. Vielen Vielen Dank an Howard, und liebe Grüsse aus Luxemburg.

 

Serge O on TripAdvisor (April 13, 2014)

Super

Tijdens onze vakantie op Curaçao hebben wij een jeep safari gemaakt met Howard als onze gids.
Super ervaring en raden ook iedereen aan om zo'n safari te doen!
Groetjes Mitch en Kendra uit het koude kikkerlandje

 

Kendra M on TripAdvisor (April 13, 2014)

The poor souls on the cattle call

Our trip started out right off the pier and to watch those that had reserved file into a packed bus started this tour out the perfect way. There's seating for 8 in these trucks but with 8 you'll be packed like sardines when jostled around on the trails. We had 4 which was perfect. Every other vehicle when seen was packed. We tour the whole island and seen some magnificent shoreline. We stopped at had a nice lunch plus a quick dip for some snorkeling. This was a perfectly balanced tour with the right amount of everything and not too much of anything. Thanks again.

 

dan_cfm on TripAdvisor (April 8, 2014)

Exciting mini-tour/snorkling trip of Curacao!

We only had one day on the island (changing between flights) and decided that we wanted to see the Tugboat (Tugboat and Reef Tour). There was not many companys offering the trip on a Monday as they operate around the Cruise ship schedules. When we had first gotten in contact with them, it looked unlikely as they required a minimal of four people but would keep our hotel contact details and let us know if anything changed (as we only had the one day). We were easily able to stay in contact with the company and in the end they were able to find two others to complete the trip last minute. We were so excited!!
The snorkling was definitely one our our highlights on our 5 month trip. We visited 2 areas for snorkling- the first was a little beach that allowed us to get used to the equipment and using the masks, and the second beach was were we saw more coral and further down, the Tugboat. The gear was in amazing condition and we never had problems with it. The driver spoke english (a friendly Dutch lady) and our diver was a local gentlemen who had been snorkling/diving for a long time!! He was able to go down much deeper then us and show us different fish and coral. It was amazing how much fish we saw!! We didn't think that would be the case so close to shore!

The company provided lemonade and water, and some home-cooked cake. On the way to the first site, we were able to stop to get some breakfast (we hadn't eaten yet) and juice. I would definitely suggest getting an early breakfast, or bringing some snacks- we found we were a bit hungry by the end of all the swimming!

After the snorkling, they took us to some historical sites. Although it was nice to learn alittle about the history of the island, we would of preferred longer snorkling time. We could of spent a bit longer in the water!!

All in all, we are super glad we went though-- it was money well spent!

 

Monika S on TripAdvisor (April 7, 2014)

Breath of Curacao tour with Curacao Actief

We took a tour of Curacao arranged by Curacao Active. It was an open air bus/jeep and was only our party of 7. We were able to visit bat caves, see iguanas up close, see the coast and take photos of amazing blow holes, and even were able to see wild flamingos at the salt flats. This was one of the best tours I have ever experienced, and the highlight (other than the flamingos) was our tour guide Larry. He was so interesting, personable and funny! He kept my teenagers entertained with rap songs he had written about the tour. They loved it and were singing along the whole trip! Great memories of Curacau thanks to Larry and Curacao Actief!

 

jaxbeachgrl on TripAdvisor (April 1, 2014)

Aanrader!

Wij hebben gisteren de jeepsafari gedaan onder leiding van gids Elmer. Hij wist enorm veel over alles te vertellen, was enthousiast en bracht de nodige humor in de tour! Kortom een zeer geslaagde dag die ik iedereen zou aanraden! Elmer bedankt!!

 

Nik_h90 on TripAdvisor (March 29, 2014)

Excellent tour of Curacao

We took a private tour of Curacao arranged by Curacao Actief. Our tour was a guide, Larry, in a minivan. It was a 6 hour tour of most of the sights on Curacao. We visited Punda, Otrabanda, floating market, Fort Nassau, the Liquor factory, Salt Lake, Shete Boka National park with Boka Pistol, Boka Tabla, several beaches, and other sights around the island. He also provided a nice sandwich lunch. Larry gave a good description of all the sights on the island and he provided a very enjoyable tour. This company is very professional in following up to be sure everything went as expected on the tour. Highly recommended.

 

Dale H on TripAdvisor (March 23, 2014)

Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour

We did the Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour and had a great time. There was only one other person besides my husband and I so we felt like we had a private tour. The other person had not snorkel before and my husband and I have done so many times. The guide was very good about teaching the other person, while also showing us where to go to see the best fish and the boat. The guide brought along plenty of water and lemonade (which is good to get the salt water taste out of your mouth!) and some snacks. The only thing that would have been better is if we had chosen a longer tour, we had such a good time we did not want it to end.

 

Patty B on TripAdvisor (March 16, 2014)

Family snorkel adventure

We arrived in Curaçao on the Carnival Breeze mid afternoon with our 10 and 7 year old daughters - we booked this private excision with other members of our family with the hope of an excursion tailored to our interests that allowed us to make the most of the time on the island. We were delighted with our choice!

All of our pre-trip arrangements were made through Jeffrey and our tour guide was Larry with help from Howard who lead another private family tour at the same locations we visited. The pre-trip arrangements were easy to make - emails were quickly answered and we were provided with plenty of information.

Our snorkel trip was fantastic - Larry was good fun and all of the logistics went smoothly. The two sites we snorkelled at were great and there was plenty to see.

We felt like we got excellent value for our money and terrific customer service. If you're a cruise passenger I highly recommend booking this private excursion instead of paying for an over-priced and large scale Carnival excursion.

 

pjrplan on TripAdvisor (March 16, 2014)

A Great Day Out

We just did the Wonderful World of Water Tour with Howard and had a super fun day.
This is the second time we used this company and was lucky enough to get Howard again. He made the day flash by in a minute, only leaving us wanting to return again.
Don't hesitate to use this great company!!!!

 

cruiser110 on TripAdvisor (March 13, 2014)

Breath of Curacao

This was a great excursion, very bumpy ride but a lot of fun. We were a group of 19 people and took up 3 jeeps, the guys running the excursion (They laughingly called themselves Larry, curly and Moe) were hilarious and a lot of fun. Even the driver of the jeep full of teenagers made share the kids were enjoying themselves and had pop music blaring for them. WE saw all the highlights of the island and the group was not only funny, but also informative and their banter and interaction together made this excursion incredibly fun and interactive.

 

Melissa T on TripAdvisor (March 12, 2014)

GREAT private snorkeling excursion - Definitely the way to get the most out of a limited day on shore.

A few years ago, we were in Curacao on a cruise stop and booked a snorkel excursion with Curacao Actief. There were probably about 8 of us that day. We had a very good experience. About two weeks ago, we were once again in Curacao on another cruise stop. We only cruise to go to different places to snorkel and I knew that I would once again book with Curacao Actief. However, this time around, I decided to treat myself and book a private snorkel for just my husband and myself. I usually have a terrible or mediocre time on ship snorkel excursions and I get so tired of being kicked in the face, etc.

The day we arrived in Curacao it was unusually windy and seas were pretty rough. I was concerned but hopeful. Henry, our driver and tour guide, was right at the port waiting for us. We hopped into the open air back of the truck and Henry sat down and talked about what we wanted to do. I had originally planned a five hour day with possibly two morning snorkels, lunch, and then one more afternoon snorkel. He had several suggestions. My husband expressed concern about the possible rough conditions. Henry had it covered - he knew exactly where to take us and the drive wasn't more than 20 minutes or so from the port. The first stop was a calm bay with great snorkeling just a very short swim from shore. The second stop was on the other side of the tugboat area and we were a little concerned about the current and seas. He assured us that we would be fine and indeed we drifted right around the point with little effort. We would have stayed in much longer, but I was having trouble with my mask for some reason. Anyway, Henry watched us until we went around the point and then he drove to the other side to meet us. I was so glad we took his advice because the water clarity was wonderful and the reef and sealife amazing. And, there was Henry standing right along the water waiting for us.

At that point, we decided to forget about taking the time for lunch and just do another snorkel and call it a day. My husband didn't want to get back in so Henry put on his wetsuit and came in with me. After that snorkel, we asked to be taken to a small souvenir shop on the way back to the ship. I am glad that I made the decision to just go by ourselves - I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide/snorkel buddy :)

 

BethanyBeach on TripAdvisor (March 12, 2014)

Wonderful World of Water...Absolutely Wonderful!

We were fortunate to have lucked upon the dedicated and friendly Actief representative Corrie (through our CheapCarribean.com booking for the Sunscape Resort) who told us about the various offerings of the company and really took care of us not only in making sure we found the right tour for us, but literally coming to pick us up when we missed the pickup at our resort (oops!) and delivering us to the tour departure port. Thanks, Corrie, for saving our vacation, hope you see this! You rock!

We ended up on the "Wonderful World of Water" Actief tour with the incredibly kind and knowledgeable Howard. Over the course of the day (9am-4pm) we saw sea turtles, lizards, turtles, iguanas, goats, sheep, quite a few native birds (land tour) and about a dozen species of fish (snorkeling). That was just the animal life. We also saw medicinal and poisonous plants, cacti everywhere, and a ton of slave/resistance monuments and plantation homes, all of which Howard was quick to point out or answer to our questions. And oh yeah...the most amazing natural coral stone/coastal formations, the inside of a water formed cave, turquoise waters and blow holes like you would never believe. I had never seen a blow hole, so it was just magical watching the water fly and listening to the waves crash. If I recall correctly, we started around Hato and then went off road up to the Shete National Park area....Boca Ascension, Boca Table, Boca Piston, and then went round to Playa Knip lookout and finally snorkeling at Playa Lagun.

The tour was conducted from an off-road mic-equipped 8-seater Jeep vehicle so we could go all of these places and really feel the hot arid air and cool rushing breezes and see the vivid colors of Curacao -- no a/c tempered glass bus here -- and that was the best part!!! There were bumpy stretches and highspeed runs and tight curves and Howard's excitement for showing off his country (he is native born) was contagious. He even provided some local snacks (a tasty cake in the am and peanut(?) cookies in the pm) in addition to sandwiches for lunch. This tour was conducted by Howard (in English) with lots of heart, but is not for the faint of heart or those not willing to let inhibitions go for the day in order to truly ENJOY, as we did. We only wish we could have afforded to tip bigger to show our sincere appreciation; the tour was one of the highlights of our time on Curacao. Thanks, Howard! You deserve the best and I hope you see this, and we will try to stay in touch!

 

EricaFG202 on TripAdvisor (March 3, 2014)

Great day seeing natural Curacao

We had a great day on the Natural Treasures tour with our guide Larry, who clearly loves his job and it made for a great day. He had a full tour with 8 people and we all got along great with Larry breaking the ice and making everyone feel comfortable.

A lot of this tour is off-road so bumpy but fun. The blow-hole experience is wonderful fun. We loved the final swim at a quiet beach, although snorkeling is much better one beach over from the one the tour takes you to.

The only thing that would have made the tour better is more time in Christoffel Park with a chance to get out and look around a bit.

Highly recommend this tour operator.

 

355DMP on TripAdvisor (February 24, 2014)

Great Snorkeling - Tugboat and Reef!

I booked a snorkeling tour with Curacao-actief through cruise.com. Our cruise, Norwegian, didn't offer a snorkeling tour at Curacao, and I really enjoy seeing colorful fish and coral. We had Larry as guide, a jovial, enjoyable guide - both driver and snorkeling guide.

The number of people was small -- just one other person from our cruise plus a couple of older (mid-to-late 70's) ladies. The ladies just wanted to see fish and didn't want to swim at all - just be in water where they could touch bottom. The other person from the cruise and I (70-yrs-old), however, wanted to get as much of the snorkeling as we could.

First of all, I was surprised that we didn't board a boat. We just drove to a beach.. As it turns out, the reef was just 50-75 yards from shore. And it had some of the prettiest coral and fish that I've seen in several years of snorkeling in the Caribbean. Since there were two of us swimming, we kept tabs with each other while Larry took care of the ladies. We were able to swim out to where the bottom dropped off and see the dark, dark deep. After about 45 minutes of snorkeling, we swam back to shore.

We then drove a little farther and came to another beach where the sunken tugboat lay again just 50-75 yards from shore. After about 45 minutes or so, we came back to shore - a little tired. We actually had more time if we had wanted, but my underwater camera had quit, so I decided it was time to come in.

Larry then treated us to some snacks to bolster our energy for the return trip. As we were chatting on the way back, it was clear that the young woman I was snorkeling with and the two older ladies also had a wonderful time.

Larry was great, the snorkeling was superb, and the price was right. What else could you ask for?

When I'm back in Curacao for another cruise, you can bet that I'll look up this tour again!

 

CLTKiter on TripAdvisor (February 12, 2014)

Lovely Tour - Breath of Curacao

This tour was very informative about the island's history and we loved seeing the blow holes and hearing the "breath of Curacao". This is a long and bumpy ride, so beware. We saw one of the most beautiful beaches - it rivaled St. John's Trunk Bay! We did not get to swim there as it was 40 minutes away from town and we would have not way to get back as taxi's don't usually run out there. All in all, very interesting and some beautiful picture sites!

 

Lori C on TripAdvisor (February 11, 2014)

Best way to spend a day on Curacao

Truly a great way to get to know the island of Curacao and all that the nature of island has got to offer. The tour guide was amazing, he called himself Howard, a bit of a mad mad but really made the day memorable. We would recommend this tour to everybody who wants to see the natural Curacao island and spend a eventful day!

 

Lind666 on TripAdvisor (February 9, 2014)

Great way to explore Curacao!

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience on the Wonderful World of Water Tour. Be prepared for a bumpy windy ride, however we truly enjoyed the excursion. Howard was an entertaining and informative guide who made the experience fun and energetic. We explored caves, saw some great blow holes, watched turtles feeding, had a wonderful picnic lunch and did some great snorkeling. Important note: would not recommend for older adults (based on the experience of some of the others on our excursion and I know for my parents who are in there mid 60's the wind would have bothered my mother's ears and my dad would not have been thrilled with the bumpy ride). We however had an amazing time and would recommend for anyone looking for an adventure off the beaten path in Curacao!

 

Allie R on TripAdvisor (February 5, 2014)

Great experience of the Curacao off the beaten path

We spent today with Howard and three other guests of the Curacao Actief tour named "Wonderful World of Water" hosted by the one and only Howard. We were very impressed with his knowledge and hospitality. We are a couple who likes to take tours of islands/cities when on vacation to get a sense of the entire area which we would otherwise not see. We were fortunate to read the reviews here on trip advisor and book a one day island tour. Howard is a very likeable and friendly host. It was easy to spend time with him as our driver and guide. We explored the Curacao outside of the city and the resorts and into the mostly uninhabited remainder of the island. The trip is taken in a jeep and is quite bumpy at times, but this is to be expected on an "off the road" tour and there were enough stops along the way to rest from the bumpiness. We saw several incredible "bocas", a cave with stalactites and stalagmites as well as bats, incredible views of the turquoise water/beaches, sea turtles, pelicans and wonderful snorkeling, salamander feeding, among other adventures. Howard has to be commended also for being very kind to one fellow on our tour who had a physical limitation; Howard went beyond being a great guide and showed himself to be a kind human being with his patience today. Overall, yes, you should see all of Curacao that Actief has to offer, and do ask for Howard. He is a gem of a rare kind.

 

Bacchus711 on TripAdvisor (January 28, 2014)

Perfecte show!

Tijdens ons verblijf op Curacao hebben we een safari met Curacao Actief en de gidsen Howard en Larry gemaakt. De safari werd gemaakt met een goed uitgeruste Toyota Landcruiser. De gidsen gaven een perfecte show waarbij je ook nog heel veel te weten krijg van Curacao . Dit was een leuke ervaring om is mee te maken. Howard en Larry bedankt voor deze trip!!!!!!!

 

Atie V on TripAdvisor (January 26, 2014)

Wonderful Time!!

My Family and especially my sons had a wonderful time on the wonderfull world of water tour with Curacao Actief. It was one of the most fun things of our trip. Our Guide Larry was amazing! He really made sure we all had a good time. Before going to Curacao, I researched the best tour options. The best advice I can give is don't book through your cruiseship as you will be paying a lot more for tours of lesser quality then those you can find on the web: I would highly recommend Curacao Actief to anyone who is heading to Curacao.

 

John B on TripAdvisor (January 26, 2014)

het was top Howard

10 januari 2014 gingen we op jeeptour.
We hebben heel veel gezien en geleerd over Curaçao.
Onze gids Howard vertelde alles naar mijn mening met veel plezier en daar genoten wij ook van.
Het werd erg leuk verteld en we hebben ook gelachen.
Echt een top ervaring.
Samen hebben we met Larry in een spuitgat gestaan maar hoe die officieel heette... geen idee te veel informatie gekregen.
Howard mind jour step and mind your head………… :D
and beep beep there is turbelentie coming………………. ;)


Groetjes uit het regenachtige Nederland Maikel en Ingrid

 

inny1986 on TripAdvisor (January 20, 2014)

Thank You Howard

We took this off road jeep tour to visit boca tableau, boca pistol, snorkelling and some caves. We seen some great wave crashing, blow holes and some underwater life like turtle, lobster, and octupus. Our tour guide Howard was amazing. He really made the tour fun. He was very friendly, and funny. I would recommend the tour and the tour guide. In fact if I returned to Curacao I would ask for him.

 

Linda B on TripAdvisor (January 19, 2014)

Excellent Tour!

We really enjoyed The Treasures of Curacao tour. We saw parts of the island that are very isolated and difficult to get to and we really enjoyed learning lots about the people and culture of Curacao. The roads are quite rough, though our guide dove carefully, so participants should expect an exhilarating drive. If you get car sick, this may not be a good tour for you. This tour was very personal and individualized which we alway like. The service and attention from our guide was excellent.

 

TennisAddict1 on TripAdvisor (January 18, 2014)

Een onvergetelijke dag!!

Wat waren wij achteraf blij dat we voor deze jeeptour gekozen hadden.
We hebben een onvergetelijke dag gehad, dit mede door de leuke gids Howard die ontzettend veel wist te vertellen over het eiland en dit met de nodige humor bracht. Heel veel gezien...heel veel gelachen een heel veel geleerd over de flora en de fauna van Curaçao! Een echte aanrade en zijn geld dubbel en dwars waard!!! Groeten aan Howard.

 

clasien1 on TripAdvisor (January 17, 2014)

Wenn Curacao, dann "One World of Water" mit Curacao Actief

Ein Tag mit Howard von Curacao Actief, der Ganztagesausflug " One World of Water " - und Ihr Besuch auf Curacao wird zu einem unvergesslichen Tag in Ihrem Leben!
Meine Söhne und ich waren das erste mal am 21. Dezember 2011 im Rahmen einer Kreuzfahrt mit ihm unterwegs. Absolute Pünktlichkeit bei der Abholung und eine zuverlässige und auch pünktliche Rückkehr zum Schiff sind bei ihm gewährleistet. Dann dieser wunderbare Ausflug! Es geht an die raue Küste Curacaos, durch eine einmalige Landschaft geprägt von hoch aufragenden Kakteen, schroffen Felsen und herandonnerndem Wasser.Dazu bekommen Sie Einiges von der Geschichte der Insel erzählt, entdecken die Tiere Curacaos, erleben das herrliche Gefühl von Freiheit in einem offenen Allradfahrzeug abseits der Pisten und entdecken Höhlen und Küstenabschnitte, die Sie bezaubern werden und in der Karibik nicht unbedingt erwartet hätten.Nach dem Ausflug an die wirklich beeindruckende Küste geht es an einen Strand, der gern schon einmal von Meeresschildkröten besucht wird. Mit etwas Glück begegnet Ihnen eine Schildkröte und erlaubt Ihnen, mit ihr durch diese kleine Bucht zu schwimmen.Sie sind nicht scheu und erlauben Ihnen, sie schwimmend durch die Bucht zu begleiten.
In unserem letzten Urlaub auf Curacao im vergangenen Oktober, als wir erneut diesen einzigartigen Ausflug mit Howard, der hier seine Passion auslebt, gebucht hatten, wurde uns dieser besondere Moment zuteil. Obwohl wir im Oktober 14 Tage insgesamt auf Curacao waren, war dieser Tagesausflug wieder einmal das Highlight des Urlaubs. Und das will etwas heißen, den wir hatten ein Auto gebucht und selbst viel von der Insel besucht.
Wer das Besondere sucht und einen einzigartigen Tag erleben möchte, der ist hier an der richtigen Adresse!

 

Andrea1801 on TripAdvisor (January 12, 2014)

colorido y encantador!

Estuve un dia en un Curacao por que era un punto de destino del crucero por el caribe y me encanto por sus colorida arquitectura, tiene un puente interesante que se mueve cierto tiempo para el ingreso de las ambarcaciones...tiene tiendas con buenas marcas por si unos quiere hacer shooping ,...una ciudad muy linda sin duda volveria a visitarla. por q no conoci su playa ..pero me dijeron q es parecidas a las de aruba un sueño!

 

ALISSON Q on TripAdvisor (December 31, 2013)

Great way to experience off road Curacao

We took three Curacao-Actief tours: Tugboat and Reef, Wonderful world of water, and Natural Treasures. We loved the rugged north coast with its wild water. We also enjoyed the reef snorkeling on protected beaches. Larry was an excellent guide who knew much about the island and the culture of Curacao. He provided a good local cake for snack and a nice lunch on the full day tours. The full day Wonderful World of Water tour and Natural Treasure tour overlap a lot for the morning half visiting the north coast and cave but the afternoon is different. We had a great time with Larry and would highly recommend the company. We would have loved a half day bike tour of Willemstad as there are no English walking tours and biking would be a fun way to tour the city. We plan to bring our family back next year and will take some Actief tours!

 

isiselliot on TripAdvisor (December 29, 2013)

Great Tour Company

My wife and I took a private Jewish Heritage Tour with Elmer as our guide. We could not possibly be more satisfied. Elmer was schooled in every aspect of the history and culture of the island and the Jewish influence.

 

lesser160 on TripAdvisor (December 28, 2013)

Delighted Cruisers

We booked the Tugboat snorkel tour for our port stop in Curacao and cannot understand why the whole ship didn't book Curacao-Actief! No matter- we had a great time. Larry was waiting for us at the dock, gave us great commentary along the way to our snorkel stops, had refreshments and a tasty local snack cake for us. As new snorkelers, we appreciated his patience and my husband's reluctance to try snorkeling has now changed to his new favourite sport- we can't wait to go again! Next time we are in Curacao we intend to book a full day excursion with Curacao-Actief.

 

Vinelanders on TripAdvisor (December 27, 2013)

Great Excursion off the beaten path

We planned an excursion before our departure to Curacao and booked through Curacao Actief for their Indian Trail tour. Making the arrangements beforehand was easy and Larry met us on time at our hotel. We chose this adventure because we would get to see parts of the island that are not your typical places to visit. It was an off road adventure and perfect for us, since we were not interested in doing one of the ATV tours.

Larry is a pleasant and excellent guide. He was even willing to stop and let us take pictures when we wanted to. We got to see some areas on the East end that can only be reached with an off road vehicle. He explained some of the history of the area.

I would highly recommend this half day trip for anyone that wants to see other parts of the island but does not want to drive their own ATV. We considered this a great compliment to the standard and more touristy East West tour.

 

703Roadlesstravelled on TripAdvisor (December 19, 2013)

een superdag met bijzondere ervaringen.

Zeker een aanrader! Een geweldig jeepsafari waarin zowel de cultuur als de natuur van het prachtige Curaçao aanbod komt. Tijdens deze tour kom je op plekken waar je zelf als toerist niet snel zou komen, zoals bijv. de grotten die in de rotswanden liggen verscholen. Het contact met de groep en de gidsen was ook zeer geslaagd. Werd veel uitleg gegeven en al je vragen werden beantwoord. Je kon merken dat ze met passie vertelde over hun eiland Curaçao. Wij raden het zeker aan om tijdens je vakantie in Curaçao deze jeepsafari te boeken!

 

Fallon1992 on TripAdvisor (December 17, 2013)

Great excursion with Larry

Outside the cruiseterminal in Willemstad, we met our driver Larry for the 'World of Water'-tour. He showed us almost every place that was on the program and told us a lot of interesting facts on the island and the environment. After the first stop at the caves, we enjoyed a local specialtity called 'pasteitje'. It was a nice and tastful surprise.Then we went to Boca Tabla/Boca Pistol and had a nice sandwish lunch. The it was beachtime in a nice lagoon where we spotted a seaturtle. On the way back to the city we drove by a lake and spotted flamingos. The guide was really great and he is also a great entertainer. So if you plan to take a tour with Curacao Actief, ask for Larry!

 

Fons M on TripAdvisor (December 12, 2013)

Superervaring in ongerepte natuur.

Hartelijk dank voor de geweldige rondrit met de Jeep van Howard.
Guitig en plezierig, met historische details van geografie, kunst (automotive kunst!!) fauna (zeeschildpadden, hagedissen, leguaan, vogels) en flora., middageten en altijd koel drinken beschikbaar.
De max en iedere gulden en minuut dubbel en dik waard voor deze dag in een ongerepte wilde natuur waar je met een huurwagen zeker niet zou durven te rijden, maar voor deze terreinwagen en chauffeur geen probleem. Een aanrader als volwaardige tegenhanger voor witte stranden en blauw water :o)

 

Erwin B on TripAdvisor (December 2, 2013)

Must do Curacao: national treasure jeep tour.

Geweldig jeep tour. We hebben genoten, veel geleerd en gezien van het eiland, de cultuur, natuur etc.... Het enthousiasme en de enorme kennis die de gids heeft is geweldig gecombineerd met een hoop gezelligheid. Het was onze mooiste en leukste dag van de hele vakantie. Ons advies: kom eens een dagje van dat strand af en beleef en zie het echte en ruige Curacao. groeten van Ian uit Enschede aan Howard, Elmer en het hele Curacao actief team.

 

Tony K on TripAdvisor (November 27, 2013)

Definitely Recommended!

My Wife and I took the Breath of Curacao tour on 11/6/2013. We had an awesome tour guide (Leo), who helped make it one of the best parts of our honeymoon. The tour helped us see a large part of the island, the guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and helped us see and learn things that we wouldn't have otherwise. Thank you very much for such a wonderful experience!

 

Brian K on TripAdvisor (November 25, 2013)

Off road trip met Howard

Hi Howard,
Thanks for the beautiful trip on 13 november 2013 about Curaçao along the coast and the visit to the national parks. It has surprised us the knowledge you had about the ecology, nature, environmental protection and history of Curaçao. But not just what you showed us but also with the enthusiasm it told and still enjoyed many things on our trip. And many thanks for the fine threads we have had along the way about the economy of Curaçao and you happy, cheerful and enthusiastic character. Many greetings from Ien and Peter

 

Ien en Peter van R on TripAdvisor (November 24, 2013)

Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour

This snorkeling tour of the sunken tugboat was the best ever! I was the only one on this tour with two ladies as my tour guides. One lady drove the truck and snorkeled with me and the other lady sat in the back of the truck with me and pointed out things on the Island and we stopped many times to see old buildings, she was very informative on the history of island of Curacao. When I return again to this Island I will be calling them again.

Thank you Ladies !

 

Walter R on TripAdvisor (November 18, 2013)

Een bijzondere ervaring

Als Curaçaoënaar, kind van je eiland te te mogen zijn, wordt in deze jeep safari eer aangedaan. Heel afwisselend komen cultuur en natuur aan bod. Je rijdt over onontgonnen gebied, komt in een grot, bezoekt een historisch landhuis, ervaart wat de zee doet met de kust ( spuitgaten).
Kennis van planten wordt gedeeld. Een gezamenlijke lunch met een enthousiaste gids die dit alles bevlogen begeleid. Doen!

 

Marja23 on TripAdvisor (November 16, 2013)

fantastische dag

Deze dinsdag met gids Howard een dag op stap geweest voor de jeeptour. Met acht mensen achter in de Toyota crossen over Curacao. We hebben heel veel gezien, geleerd en ook gelachen. Gids Howard is een echte entertainer die veel lol maakt maar ook (bijna) alles weet over Curacao en dit graag wil delen met z'n gasten. Na deze dag hebben wij een goede indruk van Curacao, de natuur, de cultuur, de geschiedenis en meer! Wat ons betreft is deze excursie een aanrader om te doen.

 

rondreizen on TripAdvisor (November 9, 2013)

Jeepsafari

Tijdens onze vakantie op Curacao hebben we met Curacao actief de jeepsafari gedaan. Wat een geweldige dag! Mede dankzij onze grappige gids Howard! Op 1 dag heel veel van het eiland gezien en geleerd.Zeer zeker een aanrader als je ook plekjes van het eiland wil zien waar je zelf met de auto niet kunt komen. Ook onze zoon van 7 vond het een super dag!

 

sonja t on TripAdvisor (November 7, 2013)

Awesome tour with Howard

We went on the jeep tour with Howard last Monday Oct 21st and he is probably the most awesome tour guide we have ever had on any tour anywhere. There were 6 of us on the trip , 2 Dutch women , a young couple from New York and us(a couple in our 60's). Howard took care of all of us and did the tour in both Dutch and English. He knows his stuff, knows his island and his love of his job and the island shines through. He was full of information from medicinal trees, to little stories about the local people and customs. He took us out all day to several different beaches and natural formations, the Voodoo cave where the bats are protected and the stalactites make great music, to a bay where the turtles feed, to the underground cave that is partially submerged and the waves crash through...awesome. He gave us a rundown on how the island was formed and hand fed a couple dozen lizards who swarmed him the moment he stepped out of the jeep. He showed us the works of a local recycling artist scattered all over the island and pointed out birds and other animals. When we snorkled at the end of the tour he even gave us the best way to go around the cove to see the maximum sealife. Is there anything he doesn't know about the island ? He was funny, charming and very informative. We would recommend this tour with this company and hopefully you will be lucky enough to get Howard as your guide.

 

BillandBobbi on TripAdvisor (October 31, 2013)

The tour was great! Thanks, Howard!

My husband and I recently spent a week in Curacao (our first ever visit) and we wanted to learn about the island and discover its natural beauty, so we booked the full-day World of Water Tour. Howard was our guide. As a Curacao native, he is very knowledgeable about the island. We learned a lot and had a blast in the process—Howard is an absolute riot! We enjoyed having him as our guide and appreciated all of his wild sound effects. He also unleashed the secret to a long, healthy life, telling us about the wonderful healing properties of the Moringa tree and Calabasa fruit. If that's not enough, I got to hold an iguana (not part of the tour, just a man with a pet iguana, in the national park, collecting tips). Pretty cool!

My husband, who had major back surgery many years ago and still suffers from occasional back-related issues, was concerned that riding in the back of the truck, "off-roading in the desert" would be too rough on his back, but we told Howard about our concern and it wasn't a problem, at all, thankfully.

Overall, I strongly recommend this tour. We got to see many natural attractions, including Kueba Di Brua (Cave of Voodoo, complete with bats and Howard playing the stalactites as musical instruments to summon his deceased grandparents), saw sea turtles at Boca Ascension, while standing dangerously close to the cliff's edge (but that was only my opinion--I stood back from the others!), Boca Tabla (an incredible sea cave), Boca Shete (a sea inlet that shoots water out, pistol style), and snorkeling at Playa Lagun. It was the most fun day of our week in Curacao and we hope to return again soon!

 

SailedAway on TripAdvisor (October 23, 2013)

Amazing

My husband and I went on the world of water tour with Howard. There was such a variety on this tour. We got to see bats and hermit crabs in the caves, local art, beautiful beaches, turtles, flamingos, boca pistol which is like a blow hole for the ocean water, and also had a little bit of time to snorkel at the end of the tour. Howard was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. We were only in Curacao for what day and get like we were able to see a lot in the short time that we were there. I think the tour lasted around 7 hours or so, but felt like it was over before I knew it even though we did get to see a lot. I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Curacao. If you have the time its totally worth it. It was one of the best excursions we went on while we were on our cruise.

 

Stil0080 on TripAdvisor (October 22, 2013)

Curacao Actief! WOW a Great Time!

We did two Curacao-Actief tours while on the island. Both were incredibly well executed and FUN! We first did the treasures of Curacao tour - talk about off the beaten path! Our tour guide Elmer did an amazing job of bringing us to the most breath-taking places.....that we simply would have never got to enjoy - the finer side of Curacao!

OK so that being said. By far and away - the most amazing experience I've ever had on ANY vacation - was with Howard on the Snorkel Tour. My wife and I ended up being the only couple to book for the day we booked the trip, and rather than cancelling the tour, Actief sent Howard to the rescue for our own personal adventure. I've got to tell you - this guy made our vacation so worth while. He was accommodating to my wife's fears, and even went above and beyond with me (LOVING diving/snorkeling as I do) to ensure I had the experience of a life time. Go snorkel around the sunken ship and over the drop off - its absolutely amazing! I will go back to Curacao JUST to snorkel/dive with Howard again - thanks for being so accommodating Actief we loved it!

 

Mike_gr2013 on TripAdvisor (October 21, 2013)

Jeepsaffari

We hebben een jeep saffari gedaan op Curacao, onze gids was Howard een geweldige kerel met humor. Liet ons speciale plekjes zien, waar je met de gewone auto niet kunt komen.
Dat maakte het zo bijzonder. Hij wist veel te vertelen over de natuur en de omgeving.
Houward maakte alles speciaal en daarvoor onze dank.
gr. vanuit Nederland Emie, Jonne, Amy en Carina

 

Carina2203 on TripAdvisor (October 18, 2013)

Helemaal super

Wij hebben deze trip gemaakt met de chauffeurs Larry en Howard. Deze 2 heren vormen samen een gezellig en prettig gestoord team wat elkaar geweldig weet aan te vullen. Zeer mooie plekjes van het eiland gezien. Cultuur, natuur en de slavernij werd goed gebalanceerd getoond. Echt een aanrader.

 

Stennie78 on TripAdvisor (October 17, 2013)

Jeepsafari

We hebben zeer genoten van de jeepsafari.
Een hoop gezien en geleerd van het eiland.
De catering is ook zeer goed geregeld/verzorgd.

 

marielle1993 on TripAdvisor (October 17, 2013)

Geweldige leerzame jeeptour

Howard is een gepasioneerde enthousiaste comische prettige gestoorde gids. We hebben een geweldige dag gehad. Howard wist heel veel van de geschiedenis en natuur van Curaçao . Kortom leuk aanrader.

 

Gerrie J on TripAdvisor (October 16, 2013)

Een dag highspeed Curacao-kunde met veel humor

Afgelopen september hebben we een jeep-safari van Curacao Actief meegemaakt. Onze chauffeur was Howard en wat een geweldige vent! Hierbij onze complimenten voor de speed-cursus planten, bomen, beestjes, de variatie en de algemene eiland-kunde. Maar bovenal onze welgemeende complimenten voor de heerlijke humor van Howard.

We hebben ons erg vermaakt en zullen jullie zeker aanbevelen als bekenden van ons naar Curaçao gaan. Onze grote dank voor de geweldige dag.

Groetjes, Irene & Kees-Jan

 

Diepstraten on TripAdvisor (October 15, 2013)

Geweldige jeepsafari

Op 26 september de jeepsafari gedaan met Elmer als gids. We hebben een fantastische dag gehad en Elmer heeft ons tijdens deze (heerlijk) ruige jeepsafari verteld over het ontstaan en de geschiedenis van Curacao. Wil je binnen een dag een groot gedeelte van het minder bevolkte deel / natuur zien en ben je niet bang voor snelheid en steile klimmetjes over stenen, dan is deze safari een echte aanrader.

fam. Bloemendaal

 

Bloemendaal1960 on TripAdvisor (October 5, 2013)

Really See the Island

My wife and I have taken two tours with Curacao Actief and will be taking a third in April 2014. yes, they re that good. 1. There is lots to see off-the beaten track, and Curacao Actief has access to many places the standard tour buses do not; 2) each of the guides is knowledgeable, accommodating, and entertaining. We always ask for Howard, but I see other reviews that praise the other guides just as highly; 3) you can "build" your own tour. Your guide will probably ask you what you want to see. If you don't know, he/she will make suggestions.

We've always been in very small groups. On full-day tours we share a lovely linch brought by the guide. Once we ate on a rock outside a gorgeous cave.

The north side of the island is spectacular. The high winds coming in from the north and the high, rocky cliffs along the shore make for some tremendous water works. The island is made from ancient lava and is hollow under neath in many places, so there are many spots where the waves crash under the rock and spray up through holes in the surface. One is large enough to sit in and have a memorable experience getting soaked and watching the water swirl back down the hole. Other places you can "hear the island breathing" when the water pushed the air up though the surface. Caves, sea turtles, flamingos, forts. With all this to be seen, why sit on a big, smelly bus and go to the Iguana Restaurant?

The full day tours are around $100 a person. Don't miss it!

 

Jeff R on TripAdvisor (September 30, 2013)

Great tours at a reasonable price!

We did two Curacao-Actief tours, and they were both exciting and well-executed. For the snorkel tour, we were given decent equipment and a thorough explanation and help for beginning snorkelers. We really liked the two sites we were taken to. Both had beautiful underwater scenery without requiring that we get too far from land or swim too far from the entry point.

Then we did a private tour that was basically a half day version of the World of Water tour. We got to see a lot of the full day tour sites, and had a lot of input into where we went and what we saw. Through the two tours, we got to see aspects of the island that we never would have found on our own, like one of the forts guarding the harbor, the desert, the wind farm, caves, various beaches, and the tugboat snorkel site. We really felt like we had a more complete vision of what Curacao is like.

Howard was our guide both times, and he was delightfully funny, capable, and knowledgeable. His is a Curacao native, but his English is excellent. We recommend him if you schedule a tour!

 

B R on TripAdvisor (September 22, 2013)

Het was geweldig onze gids Elmer vertelde ons zeer veel met passie en liefde over Het ontstaan van Curacao . Je komt op plekker

Het was een geweldig dag!! Onze gids Elmer vertelde ons veel over het ontstaan van Curacaou . Je komt op plekken waar je met je huurauto niet kan komen,

 

Lindakijk on TripAdvisor (September 15, 2013)

Great tour of the island

Tour was great... guide was great. Conveniently located next to us at the Sunscape. I liked riding in the back of the jeep and we learned a lot. The guide went above and beyond to make sure we had a great tour and even managed to pack in some extra stops that we really enjoyed since time allowed. Great day!

 

gauglerb on TripAdvisor (August 27, 2013)

Dit mag je niet missen!

Door deze avontuurlijke jeep-safari te doen zie je curaçao van een geheel andere kant welke je niet mag missen. Avontuur, humor, deskundigheid, betrokkenheid zijn Sander niet vreemd. Een echte aanrader.

 

Rinie B on TripAdvisor (August 22, 2013)

Curacao es la mejor isla de las Antillas

Estuvimos 1 día en Curacao gracias a un crucero y nos pareció espléndida. Es una ciudad hermosísima, limpia con arquitectura Holandesa. La gente es sumamente amable y cordial. La tienen en muy buenas condiciones. Siempre remodelada y mantenida. Cuenta con tiendas de gran calidad y grandes marcas. Se puede hacer un recorrido en un ferry o puedes hacer el "city tour" en una camioneta muy bien acondicionada. Tienes que visistar la fábrica del licor Curacao así como la zona céntrica donde podrás observar los edificios de colores llenos de plantas. La gente en general, vive bien. Tienen una refinería que les brinda fuentes de ingresos y cuentan con muicho turismo. Las playas son ultra cómodas, con servicios de baño, regaderas, andadores de madera y rompe olas que las convierte en verdaderas piscinas.

 

Megan M on TripAdvisor (August 14, 2013)

Excellent Travel Tour Guide

We recently went on a Carnival Cruise that stopped in Curacao. This travel agency (Curaco Actief) was recommended by the local country manager from our company. I contacted them ahead of time to arrange for a private tour and it really paid off. The company was very professional, always replied promptly, were helpful in recommending important sites and extremely friendly (especially Bettina). Our tour guide, Leo, was fantastic - very knowledgeable - was able suggest and show us the unique aspects of the island. We had a fantastic time and were able to see a lot in the time there. Would highly recommend them!

 

jle1397 on TripAdvisor (July 8, 2013)

Jeepsafari

Hier met een goeie gids op pad geweest, liet je dingen zien die je normaal niet zou zien omdat het te afgelegen ligt, deze Jeepsafari MOET je zeker doen als je op Curacao bent

 

Fred R on TripAdvisor (July 4, 2013)

Leuke dag gehad

Vandaag de safari tour gedaan. Op tijd opgehaald bij ons resort en z'n 8 achter in de jeep.
Duidelijke uitleg wat we gingen doen voordat we op weg gingen. Dat voorkomt teleurstelling. Mensen met een zwakke rug of slecht ter been is dit af te raden.
Eerst langs de noordkust over weggetjes waar je normaal niet komt en met een normale auto ook niet kan komen. Wat een gaten en bulten, maar wel een mooie ervaring.
De chaufeur geeft onderweg regelmatig uitleg en verteld de leuke maar ook de minder leuke history van Curacao. Bijvoorbeeld de slavernij periode, iets waar wij als Nederlanders ook niet trots op zijn.
Het crisoffelpark op zich viel mij een beetje tegen. Niet veel te zien behalve de plaatsenlijke vegetatie en een oud landhuis, waar wel weer leerzame verhalen werden verteld.
De eenvoudige maar ruim voldoende lunch kregen we vrij laat. Koel drinken is wel constand en voldoende aanwezig.
De dag werd afgesloten met een frisse duik in zee.
Al met al een geslaagde dag.
Denk aan een toilet bezoek voor vertrek omdat je die de eerste uren niet tegenkomt. Bosjes genoeg onderweg dat wel. Misschien een puntje dat verbeterd kan worden.

 

Fokko L on TripAdvisor (June 30, 2013)

Family Fun Time

We were arriving by cruise ship and were met at the dock by our guides for the day - Elmer and Michael. We had 2 jeeps (13 adults and 3 kids), we were taken to see the fort, swinging bridge, floating market, the "natural Jacuzzi", the caves and a beach stop - the kids were able to snorkel and swim about. The guides were polite, professional and informative!! The sights you see on this tour are amazing!!!

 

debcan_13 on TripAdvisor (June 18, 2013)

Wonderful Experience

Very interesting tour , learned a lot about the history of curaçao. Been to places i would never go by myself. Loved my Guide elmer he was very funny. Thanks for à good trip!!

 

Kelly D on TripAdvisor (June 15, 2013)

Heerlijke dag, geweldige tour.

Vorige jaar hebben we een jeeptour met Sander gedaan en toen we dit jaar met onze (volwassen) kinderen naar Curaçao gingen wilde we dat beslist weer doen. Het was wederom een geweldige dag. De natuur aan de noordkust is zo ontzettend indrukwekkend en Sander was weer heel deskundig en entertaining. Picknick lunch was weer prima verzorgd en lekker. We hebben ontzettend genoten en raden iedereen aan die naar Curaçao gaat om beslist deze tour te doen.

 

Anja B on TripAdvisor (June 11, 2013)

Fantastisch !

Om half 9 opgehaald door Elmer onze gids. Wij hadden het geluk dat we maar met zijn 2en waren die dag. Echte een hele goede indruk gekregen van Curaçao en super mooie plekken gezien. Veel uitleg gehad echt een top dag om niet te vergeten. Een echte aanrader.

 

NickHindriks on TripAdvisor (June 8, 2013)

uitstekend verzorgd! zeker een aanrader

Op onze vorige reis naar Curacao hadden we de Christoffelberg beklommen. Dat was zo goed verzorgd en zwaar en indrukwekkend dat we nu ook weer een tour hadden geboekt. We zijn met freelance gids Kim naar de vlaktes van Hato geweest. We hebben geklommen, in een hele grote grot geweest, kunst aan de rotsen gezien en na hard werken en wandelen werden we beloond met een bezoek aan een natuurlijk bad (geen warme bron, maar heerlijk verfrissend!). Wat een leuke dag was het. De gids was super enthousiast en wist ons veel leuke details te vertellen. Ook de inwendige mens werd goed verzorgd en ze had heerlijk limoen water bij zich. Zo een tour gaan we volgende keer zeker weer doen! Bedankt!

 

Nicole Hilkemeijer (June 6, 2013)

Experience the real Curacao.

We did the Wonderfull World of Water tour with 8 friends and this was the best the best time of our holiday.The guides were knowlegable and fun They took us to places that we would have never seen if we would have gone by ourselves and we learned many things about Curacao. About the nature of the island, the culture, the history and the people. We experienced the REAL Curacao. Curacao Actief is a very professional company. Do not leave Curacao without doing a tour with them. See you guys next year: we will be back.

 

Jeroen S on TripAdvisor (June 4, 2013)

perfekter Service

Wir haben im Mai 2013 sowohl die Flughafentransfers zum Hotel und zurück als auch einen sehr schönen Ausflug um die nördliche Insel mit Curacao Actief gebucht. Die Buchungen konnten größtenteils auf Deutsch erfolgen,weil bei Curacao Actief Bettina aus Deutschland arbeitet. Sie hat uns während des Aufanthaltes auch sehr gute Vorschläge zur Freizeitgestaltung gemacht. Alles war perfekt und insbesondere der Ausflug mit dem Guide Leo war ein tolles Erlebnis. Er hat uns sehr viel über die Geschichte von Curacao erzählt und uns, außer den Traumstränden, auch andere Sehenswürdigkeiten gezeigt. Alles in allem absolute Spitze und unbedingt empfehlenswert.

Manuel aus Deutschland

 

ManuelNF2013 on TripAdvisor (June 3, 2013)

Noordelijke eilandtour zeker doen!

Rond 8u opgehaald aan hotel en naar bureel gebracht. Van daaruit vertrokken we met 3 open jeeps met elk een 8tal personen. We reden door open vlakten, rotsachtige gebieden, rood zand gebieden, gingen in vleetmuisgrot, naar ruige noordkust, door Christoffelpark, naar spuitgat, shete boca, zwemmen aan strandje,.... Smiddags eenvoudige picknick,... Onze chauffeur/gifs was Michael, leuke ketel. Howerd vonden we in het begin wat druk, profileringsdrang, maar naarmate de dag vorderde werd hij rustiger en viel ook reuze mee! Terug in hotel om 17u30.
Zeer interessante excursie en zeker aan te bevelen bij Curacao Actief!

 

Marcvervaele on TripAdvisor (May 26, 2013)

Take the tour...and ask for Sander!

Our group of 3 took this tour on our last full day in Curacao. (I might recommend taking it earlier in your stay.) We almost cancelled our reservation since we'd spent the entire previous day out sailing and taking this tour meant we had to be ready for pick-up at 8 a.m. We are SO glad we didn't change our minds! Sander picked us up right on time and we knew we'd like him from the start! (We didn't change our minds about THAT, either!) We were the only guests, so we ended up having a "private tour." We learned a ton and Sander knew the answers to all of our questions. We enjoyed the rugged northern coast and hearing about the "crazy surfers," had a wonderful visit to Shete Boka National Park, and enjoyed calm snorkeling and Playa Lagun. This was a great way to see and learn about the island (and kept us from having to rent a car)! Danki, Sander! We had a great time...and would do it again!!

--Not your first -- but your FAVORITE -- Texans!

 

Robin B on TripAdvisor (May 25, 2013)

Super! Hoogtepunt van onze reis

Het was een geweldige ervaring om curaçao op deze manier te ontdekken.
Dat was ook vooral aan onze geweldige gids Elmer te danken, hij heeft ons veel over zijn geliefde land verteld en nam ons mee op zijn reis.
heel veel dank aan jou Elmer, je gaf ons een geweldige dag!!!. Ook de lunch was heerlijk.
Kortom, zeker aan te bevelen als je hier op vakantie bent ga dan beslist mee met deze trip.
Groeten,Arend en Henny

 

Henny R on TripAdvisor (May 25, 2013)

Op safari met Elmer

Geweldige dag gehad. Elmer was onze gids wist van alles te vertellen over het Curaçao van nu en toen. Prachtige locaties gezien. We hebben onwijs genoten een schat aan informatie gekregen. Helemaal super. Echte aanrader. Marcel en Kathelijne

 

K V on TripAdvisor (May 23, 2013)

Very Informative and Beautiful Tour

My husband and I visited Curaçao on May 1, 2013, and we had the best time. The Tour driver was waiting for us with a sign that had our name on it when we landed in Curaçao. He was extremely friendly, and knowledgable.

He took us to ALL the great spots in Curaçao and to the best beaches. He even took pictures of my husband and I at Boca Pistal! He was great and we are happy we booked this your.

The company responds to all emails and they are very professional.

 

NewlyMarried0421 on TripAdvisor (May 17, 2013)

Un lugar hermoso y espectacular

Estuvimos de crucero y fuimos a curasao. Las playas son hermosas, en especial mambo y la ciudad no hablar.la limpieza, la cultura, la arquitectura son maravillosos. Sí quieres comprar es barato gafas, lociones y joyería. No lo dejen para panamá. allí esta la basílica más antigua de occidente. Muy hermoso todo.

 

albertocm54 on TripAdvisor (February 22, 2013)

Onvergetelijke jeep tour

Wat een leuke dag was het, onvergetelijk en een goed begin van de vakantie. Van begin tot eind was de jeep tour - geleid door een erg leuke, kundige en ervaren gids/driver - een avontuur met spannende ritten door heuvels en landschappen; we zagen grotten, natuurschoon, vogels, dieren, paradijselijk strand, rotsplateau met prachtige waterpartijen en indrukwekkende uitstapjes. De lunch tussendoor was ook heerlijk. Er was meer dan genoeg drinken 'aan boord'. Een aanrader deze tour, want je ziet en hoort veel van Curacao en het is gewoon fun!

 

NiB C on TripAdvisor (December 10, 2012)

Best jeeptour ever !

Definately best day of our entire holiday. Did the Natural Treausre jeeptour. Saw the west of the island and our guide took us to places you normally won't find on your own. The guides were very knowledgable and explained many things about Curacao culture, nature and heritage. Things you never read in books, funny stories as well. Had lots of fun. Wow these waves on the rough North coast are really impressive ! Very professionally organised tour ! Next year we will be back. Tony, Susan, Trischa and Dylan

 

Tony B on TripAdvisor (October 11, 2012)

Jeepsafari

ik ben afgelopen week (26-09-2012 tot 4-10-2012)9 dagen naar curacao geweest en heb er zo van genoten en ook voor me zelf besloten om voor minimaal 8 maanden terug te gaan.
ik heb verschillende plaatsen zelf bezocht zoals willemstad, en mambo beach.
verder naar klein curacao gegaan en hebben we de jeeptour gedaan.
onze gidsen waren echt super!
ze legden alles super uit en vond het super interesant.
waardoor mij besluit om terug te komen alleen maar zekerder werd.
en ik nu ook alles ga uit zoeken om terug te komen......
al met al het was super!! en ga ik zeker terug komen, en hoop stiekem sneller als ik zelf door ga hebben!

 

malonsengers on TripAdvisor (October 5, 2012)

Awesome tour.!

We hebben de Eco Jeep tour gedaan met Sander en Howard als gids ze hadden beide erg veel plezier waardoor wij ons ook goed vermaakt hebben.
Beide weten veel van het eiland en de geschiedenis. Echt een aanrader, het is een gedeelte off road en de mannen rijden niet 'zachtaardig' maar dat was voor ons geen probleem ;-)..Ook niet aan te raden zijn witte kleren, maar het stoft nogal en in het regenseizoen is het modderig.
Er zijn enkele routes afhankelijk van de omstandigheden passen ze de route eventueel aan om zoveel mogelijk te laten zien.

 

Wh33ly on TripAdvisor (June 24, 2012)

A great way to experience the west side of the island.

My wife and I joined two other couples for an adventure tour of the north and west coast. We were picked up at our hotel at 8:45 in a customized truck, paid, signed release forms, and headed out. Sanders was an enthusiastic guide for this "World of Water" tour (interesting name). He explained the flora, fauna and geography of Curaçao and took us to rugged shorelines, bat-filled caves and beautiful overlooks. Sanders provided a tasty picnic lunch and plenty of entertaining commentary. We stopped at Lagun for some amazing snorkeling and were dropped off at our hotel at 4:15 after a very satisfying and enjoyable day.

 

Curt G on TripAdvisor (May 14, 2012)

What a treat!

We recently took a chance with Curacao Actief when on a cruise that had a one-day stop in Curacao. It was an incredible experience! We were picked up at the pier by our guide in a jeep that seats 8, but it was just the 2 of us. We had only booked a 1/2 day snorkle trip, but our guide treated us to a number of visits and clearly spent more than the allotted time with us. He first put us in the water at a beach that didn't look like it would have much to see. We were mistaken, however, as we spent quite a bit of time viewing the fish and coral there. Then we snorkeled the tugboat wreck. When we arrived, there were 2 groups already there, so our guide just took us right by them and further down the coast where the groups were not allowed to go. We saw an incredible amount of healthy coral and a ton of fish. As we meandered our way back, the other groups had moved on, so it was just perfect. This is a far superior experience than you will ever get with the big groups run by the cruise lines. You won't regret it!

 

Mark W on TripAdvisor (April 21, 2012)

A few years now since our carribean cruise. 2009 to be precise. 5 years later and the part of the cruise that I remember the most is the tour of Curacao with Howard from Curacao Actief. The trouble with cruises is that there is not much time, so it was great to be collected and dropped off at the boat. Lunch was provided with cold drinks all day. For me, the highlight was seeing the Allies bombing target on the beach on the east side of the island, along with spent shells still intact nearly 70 years later.

 

Christina (March 17, 2012)

Great experience

We visited Curacao on the Carnival Valor. After doing alot of research and on advise of the people on this site, we contacted this company. The response was quick and informative. We were not arriving at the usual tour times--scheduled arrival at 4pm but, they offered to accomodate our schedule. They asked about us--we were travelling with 3 pre teens-- and suggested 2 different tours. We chose to take the Breath of Curacao Eco Jeep Tour. Booking the tour was easy and efficient and all our questions were answered promptly. They e-mailed to confirm just prior to our arrival. Our ship arrived in port an hour early and we were excited to find the tour driver waiting for us at the earlier time as we had been concerned about having enough time to tour before sunset.
Let me say, up front, that this tour is NOT for the faint of heart!! We were in the back of a jeep--our family of 5 and a couple from Belgium. Only 2 of the seatbelts worked and the couple, who were picked up before us, had taken those. The jeep drove quite fast through the winding streets but, we had fun. The driver was pleasant and professional and stopped several times to point out sights, stop at scenic spots, a beautiful beach and a local artist's. The promised "snacks" consisted only of some lemonade or water but it was cold and refreshing. When we went off road in the park, it got really bumpy The Boca Pistol was nice to visit.
All in all, would recommend this tour for anyone of good back health--no young kids or people with difficulty climbing in and out of a Jeep. We visited in Feb. so, off road was just dusty but, we were warned that, during the rainy season, it can be quite muddy.

 

momckb on TripAdvisor (March 16, 2012)

Loved it

Before we arrived to the island, we were in constant contact with Curacao Actief. They answered emails in a timely fashion and were thorough with with details.

We did the the beach day tour and visited three beaches. The tour guide picked us up from the hotel in Willemstad. We went to Daai Booi, Porto Marie,and playa kalki. The beaches were spectacular. My favorite was Daai Booi. It was not as rocky as the other beaches and there were a lot of local families at the beach. The water is crystal clear and bath temperate. We were provided with foam noodles for the kids to play with.

Our guide was very nice and made us feel very comfortable . He was kind of enough to drive us back to the hotel which was on the north side of the island.

 

MS0574 on TripAdvisor (March 15, 2012)

Encantador

El colorido de sus viviendas es espectacular. Cruzar el puente y observar el funcionamiento para el paso de embarcaciones es muy interesante. El ambiente es muy agradable. Usar ropa playera, no olvidar la cámara fotográfica ni la videocámara.

 

Betyzul on TripAdvisor (March 15, 2012)

Last December, we made a jeeptour with Sander and Chippie.

We had a fantastic day, have seen many beautiful things, and of course great had laughs and racing! Good, reliable organization, and certainly a must to do if you want to see the beautiful nature!
With Love from Holland,
Bas & Wendy

 

Bas & Wendy (January 31, 2012)

Awesome off-road adventure! The highlight of our trip!

We booked the all day Safari and Snorkeling tour, and were picked up in an open air Land Rover "jeep" that seats 8 people. There were 4 of us in our group (2 adults and 2 teenagers), but we lucked out and had the jeep all to ourselves. Elmer was our guide and he was fantastic! We learned about the history of the island, and got to see the raw beauty of the island the way you only can with an off-road vehicle. What an amazing experience!

We started out driving to Otrobanda and stopping at the harbor where Elmer very eloquently told us about the history of the island, as well as some interesting facts. Did you know that St Anna Bay, the harbor, is the 7th deepest natural harbor in the world?

Anyway, next we headed North towards the airport, then headed West along the very rugged and beautiful North coast. We went to a Voodoo Cave (Kueba Di Brua) where escaped slaves used to hide out. You can still see black soot from their fires in some of the cave's chambers, and of course there are stalagmites, stalagtites, and bats.

The terrain is very rugged, so if you have a bad back, or don't like off-roading and getting dirty, this is definitely not the excursion for you. Also, this is not a good excursion for young children, but great for teenagers. We loved every minute of it! Our adventure continued with a few more scenic stops, and finally we stopped at Shete Boca where we also had lunch and a restroom break. Lunch and snacks throughout the day were included in the price of our excursion.

After lunch we headed West towards the beaches for some snorkeling. All snorkeling gear was included in the price as well. The weather turned on us in the afternoon, and it started raining, so we decided to skip the snorkeling. Overal, we had a very full and exciting day, and an experience we will remember forever. I HIGHLY recommend the Safari tour! Be sure to ask for Elmer.

 

mh111606 on TripAdvisor (January 16, 2012)

Hallo Frau Ochs,

Möchten uns auf diesem Wege bei Ihnen und bei unserem tollen Tourguide Sander recht, recht herzlich für den wunderschönen Ausflug am 11.01.2012 bedanken.

Sander hat uns alle Fragen zu unserer Zufriedenheit ausgiebig beantwortet und das in gutem Deutsch. Die Fahrt mit dem Jeep und auch die Sehenswürdigkeiten waren für uns ein Abenteuer. Es hat uns riesigen Spass gemacht.

Nochmals viele Grüsse und besten Dank für Alles.

 

Werner Butt and Lydia Grander (January 13, 2012)

Excelente

Es espectacular un lugar increíble, lindo, hay mucha seguridad se siente uno muy tranquilo caminando por todos esos lugares tan bellos el puente flotante es lindísimo.

 

Giuliana241 on TripAdvisor (January 6, 2012)

WOW

Quelle belle île ! J'ai d'abord visité Curaçao lors d'une croisière en décembre 2010 et j'ai tellement aimé l'île que j'y suis retournée en mars 2011 avec une de mes amies.

Comme les prix en "tout inclu" étaient vraiment trop élevés (genre 2 500 $ par semaine) nous avons loué une maison (homelidays.com), acheté nos billets d'avion et loué une petite auto. Résultat: 2000 $ pour les deux semaines. Bien sûr, nous avons dû cuisiner nos repas, mais c'est pas cher payé pour pouvoir profiter de cette île magnifique.

Durant les 15 jours qu'ont durées nos vacances, nous avons visité plus de dix plages différentes; toutes aussi belles les unes que les autres. Il y a deux sortes de plages sur cette île: les plages fermées par un immense barrage de roches, comme Mambo Beach où il est possible de se baigner dans une mer au fond lisse et presque crémeux... mais sans vagues.

Les autres plages sont plus sauvages. Les vagues y sont superbes, mais sur la plage et dans l'eau, il y a beaucoup de corail; ce qui est un peu désagréable pour les orteils. Par contre, pour la plongée, c'est génial !

Bref, j'ai adoré cette façon de voyager ! et je me promets de recommencer pour, entre autres, la Martinique !

Allez visiter ce site: www.homelidays.com pour la location d'appartements partout dans le monde !!!
et
BON VOYAGE !!!

 

guylguay on TripAdvisor (January 5, 2012)

Actief -- and Howard -- bring life to Curacao

We have booked twice with Actief and really have enjoyed our excursions. Both times we booked, we were stopping as part of a cruise. The first time, we were matched with guide Howard as a happy accident; the second time we requested him.

Howard is a riot -- funny and knowledgeable -- and he is the best snorkel guide we've ever had. He picked us up at the cruise port on time in an open-air truck. After a brief island tour (we'd done it before, but our traveling companions had not), we visited a beach, where we could snorkel to a reef from shore. The snorkeling is surprisingly fantastic. Howard took us into the water and pointed out things we easily would have missed otherwise -- starfish, scorpionfish and various sea worms. Howard let us stay as long as we wiBas shed before we headed to a second snorkel stop -- the tugboat. The tugboat was busy with other tourists, who came in via boat. We swam in from land. Because it was busy, Howard took us past the boat so we could see a deep water reef. When it cleared, we went back to the tugboat, which was fabulous.

After snorkeling, we toured the island more, stopping at a fort before heading back to the cruise ship. Next time we're in Curacao, we'll book again with Howard and Actief.

 

4ever_traveling on TripAdvisor (December 29, 2011)

East and West Islandtour Full day

Haben unseren Ausflug vorab übers Internet ( https://www.curacao-actief.com/) gebucht und bezahlt.
Wie verabredet erwartete uns unser Fahrer Chippi am Port-Ein/Ausgang.
Die Tour war einfach traumhaft! Super Haltepunkte, unvergessliche Erlebnisse, den schönsten Strand den ich auf meinen bisherigen Touren gesehen hab, hervoragendes Essen... absolutnichts zu bemängelnund uneingeschränkt weiterzuempfehlen!

 

JanineB2 on TripAdvisor (December 22, 2011)

We had the best time & Howard did a fabulous job. My wife loves that kind of stuff & I think it may have been the hilight of our 2 week cruise. We went were very few tourists would go. The wildness, the isolation & feeling like you were somewhere where time stopped. No touristy stuff, just hardcore beauty & sightseeing. It truly was the wonderful world of water. From seeing the junk art of your famous sculpture, to the voodoo cave, to the water caves & the blowhole & park were awesome & fascinating. Howard made a picnic lunch that at first we said tuna fish, but wow, I think either us or the other couple were fighting over who got to lick the last drop. He also had chicken salad & the BEST bread we have tasted to make a great picnic lunch. BUT after all the sightseeing we had wanted to go snorkeling. Well we went snorkeling to this little bay for over an hour that had tons of fish & turtles. We have snorkeled all over the caribbean & this may have been the best one. In closing, the best part was the knowledge of the island Howard provided, he answered all our questions & he NEVER rushed us. It was probably the most intense day for sightseeing we have ever done in our 18 plus cruises.You run a first class operation & any people we know who are going to Curacao, we are sending your way.

Thanks for everything.

Dan

 

Dan and Cynthia Olson (December 13, 2011)

My sister Lauren and I had a fantastic time! The representative at the Hyatt Regency was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain all the different packages, and answered many of our questions about Curacao.

Additionally, our tour guide Xander was phenomenal, we cannot say enough good things about him! His knowledge, passion and pride in his home island are apparent and made the tour extra special; he took the time to explain the history of the island, always stopped for us to take many photographs of the wildlife that we saw, and happily answered any questions that we had.

He is a wonderful tour guide, and I would highly recommend him to anyone!

Thank you again for your fantastic team!

Cheers,
Carrie

 

Carrie Bowers (October 13, 2011)

Eco & Island tour where great!

I booked 2 tours with curacao actief. Eco tour and a full day island tour. I must say I'd a great time. Saw all the tings I wanted to see. With both trips we had very nice and good guides. Provide you with good information.
A negative thing on the island tour was that we didn't went out of the car in willemstad. We just drove trough it. The eco tour was very good, nothing negative to say about that.
I can recommend this organization to book tours and see curacao as it really is.
Lunch was very good as well.

 

Kaat88 on TripAdvisor (August 26, 2011)

On Wednesday, 24 February 2010, my wife and I took your snorkeling tour of the sunken tugboat. Our tour guide was a gentleman whose name I believe was 'Francel'. My wife and I found his presentation of the history of island of Curacao to be most informative. His knowledge of the island and his charismatic presentation was certainly reflective of his pride in being a native son of Curacao. He was a most adept guide on the snorkel tour as well, watching out for us each and every step of the way.

We enjoyed our vacation on Curacao very much and Mr 'Francel' made our stay more more enjoyable. We hope to return one day and take additional tours. Hopefully Mr Francel will still be working for your company.

Please extend our thanks and appreciation to him for a very memorable day.

Kindest Regards,

Lee & Barbara Epplen

 

Lee & Barbara Epplen (March 3, 2010)

Hi Kim,

We had a FABULOUS tour in Curacao! Sanders was an excellent tour guide. He taught us so much about your beautiful island and he really wanted to make sure that we all had a great time. It was a great adventure and we appreciated Sander's concern for our safety. He was wonderful with my mom (who was a bit nervous riding in the back of the safari vehicle) . He let her ride up front with him and made her feel very welcome. We enjoyed the day so much that we all want to return to Curacao!!! We will recommend your company and we hope to take another tour with Curacao Actief someday.

Sharon

 

Sharon Gilligan (February 19, 2010)

Hallo Kim,

Es ist zwar schon lange her...aber wir haben die schöne Jeeptour mit dir auf Curacao nicht vergessen und schicken dir wie versprochen ein paar Erinnerungen! Hier ist es naß und kalt...wir denken gerne an unseren Urlaub zurück! Wir wünschen Dir eine schöne Weihnachtszeit viele nette Touristen ... viel Freude und Spass für das kommende Jahr 2010! Merry Christmas und Happy Newyear!

Frank und Kathrin aus Berlin

 

Frank und Kathrin (December 15, 2009)

Thanks for the great time we had this december, when we went on your fabulous eco jeep tour. We saw awesome landscapes on locations you wouldn't be without a guide. Speaking of: our guides (Sander and Howard) had a lot of knowledge about geologics and flora and fauna. Their pleasure to show us around made us very happy and enthousiastic! Even if we were muddy and soaking wet! Thanks guys for making our tour unforgettable!! Hope you like the pictures. When we return to Curacao we will for sure make another trip and we do tell everybody about ExploreCuracao! Thanks Micheal for arranging our trips so well and for being so friendly! Great you were situated in the lobby of the Renaissance!

Greetings from Shon Nel and Erna

 

Shon Nel and Erna (December 15, 2009)

Just a note to tell you how wonderful our snorkeling tour was while we were in Curacao. Your specific instructions made it a stress free connection in the morning. Just tonight I opened a little bag of sweets that were given to us by our guide, Kim. You should know that she was a wonderful guide. She was pleasant, caring and efficient. Needless to say she was knowledgeable. We really appreciated her and the tour.

Rick and Wendy Horowitz
Zuiderdam, Dec. 7, 2009

 

Rick and Wendy Horowitz (December 15, 2009)

Hi Robert,

Now that we are home I just wanted to let you know what an excellent time we had on our tour. Kim was an amazing guide and you can tell she really loves her job. Thank you so much for such a great experience!!! If we ever come back to Curacao we will definitely be booking through you guys again!!!

Take care!

Lynne Roberts

 

Lynne Roberts (December 14, 2009)

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our snorkeling tour with Kim. She is the greatest! We were her only guests and she treated us just like family, so caring and helpful. Our first snorkeling spot was just like swimming in an aquarium, the water and fish were so beautiful. The tugboat snorkel was great. I wanted to swim out over the wall but was a little apprehensive, Kim told me she would stay by my side and I'm happy to say I did it - it was awesome!!! We will definately recommend Curacao-Actief to our friends and will have fond memories of our day in Curacao on your tour with Kim.

Sincerely,

Linda & David Senter
St. Peters, Missouri USA

P.S. We enjoyed the pastries, drinks, fruit and dushi.

 

Linda & David Senter (October 27, 2009)

Hello Curacao-Actief,

I was in Curacao with one of my good friends. We went on the Wonders of Water Tour with Kim on Oct 3, 2009. It was absolutely wonderful. She has so much enthusiasm and love for Curacao.

She made our tour very special. She provided us with genuine snacks and treats from Curacao. She was informative and provided a true understanding of Curacao. There were only two of us but that did not deter her from doing an extraordinary job. t was great to see that your staff has a true passion for their work.

Kudos to you!!!

Sincerely,
Paulette Fredericks

 

Paulette Fredericks (October 10, 2009)

Liebe Kim,
Wir sind gut und wohlbehalten in die Schweiz zrück gekehrt. Der Urlaub auf Curacao und im besonderen die Jeep-Safari hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Vielen Dank nochmals für Deine nette und gute Betreuung.
Wie versprochen anbei auch ein paar Foto's. Weiterhin alles Gute und viel Glück und Erfolg auf Curacao.
Gruss, Elke, Kenneth & Herbert

 

Elke, Kenneth & Herbert (October 7, 2009)

Just want to thank you! We had our private tour and beach bbq the day before our wedding in Curacao and it was so much fun! Everyone loved it; tour guides were awesome!! Thanks for the memories!

 

Rebecca Kaczowski-Faherty (October 2, 2009)

Hello,

We will always remember Kim as our friendly, charming and helpful guide in Curaçao who took us both to a real highlight of a Caribbean coral reef. We had to swim, walk and snorkel quite a lot to get to this site, but it was worth the trouble.

A fairytale of healthy coral growth opened up below our snorkeling masks, and the edge of the reef was a real ‘wood’ of sea plumes and sea fans. Snorkeling the tugboat after the fairytale was a lot easier. It was Kim who had wisely planned the exhausting adventure first, the easy part second.

And we were also very glad about the jeep tour – allowing us to discover the rough north coast of Curaçao. This tour was our first one with Curaçao Actief and Kim. Just have a look at our jeep in the middle of a semi-arid nowhere: Wow! We are so happy about Kim and Curaçao Actief. Without you and especially Kim a lot of our Curaçao experiences and insights wouldn’t have been possible. And there’s a high probability that we will come back for another Curaçao holiday in the next years to see you again.

Thank you!

Birgit & Thorsten
Copyright @ 2009 Thorsten Albrecht

 

Thorsten Albrecht & Birgit Kubenka (August 21, 2009)

Hello,
We just wanted to thank all of you for the wonderful time we had while in Curacao. We will definitely refer you to our friends and hopefully someday we will get to use you again. Kim is a wonderful guide and really made our trip great. Please let her know that we really enjoyed getting to know her and she will always be a part of our memories of Curacao.
Thanks for everything,
Robyn and Bill Medinas

 

Robyn and Bill Medinas (July 24, 2009)

We just wanted to write a quick note to thank Howard for the Snorkeling Tour and Kim for the Breath of Curacao Tour...both guides were FANTASTIC and the tours could not have been better!
Thanks for making our stay on Curacao so much more enjoyable! :)

Robin and Kristin

 

Robin Cook (July 14, 2009)

I almost never send feedback, but I feel that we really got something special from your tour. It was like having a friend introduce us to the island, complete with a special drink and snack. Even my 4 year old enjoyed it. Kim was even helpful to us in getting her through some rocky spots in the cave, to make her feel safe. Also because of the rain Kim wasn't able to take us to one of the caves, but instead of just saying, oh well, tough luck, she took us to some extra places like the flamingo preserve and a quick tour of downtown. It was definitely a highlight of our vacation. Thanks again for everything.
Marina

 

Marina Fontaine (July 13, 2009)

First of all I would really appreciate for cordial attention by all of your staff during my stay in Curacao.
I was able to enjoy all activities which you had coordinated for me. As Howard requested me, I will send a picture, attached to the message, which he tool with my camara in Lagoon beach, so I would ask you to resend him the picture. I am really looking forward to having another opportunity to visit Curacao in the near future.
Best regards.
Ryuji Seno

 

Ryuji Seno (July 9, 2009)

As I was on a business trip to Curacao and only had 1 free day, I got in touch with Explore Curacao at the Avila hotel,Willemstad where I was staying. I wanted to go on a snorkeling trip somewhere on the island, and wanted it NOW. Usually you need to book a day in advance, but with no problems at all, they made some phone calls and managed to get me a guide for half the day and we were ready to go within the next hour.. We ended up going to Caracas bay and Directors Bay, all close to the Spanish bay, where we snorkeled the famous Tugboat wreck.
So a big thank you to Marie at reception and Sander, my guide. Consider yourself lucky should you get Sander – this guy knows his thing. Anyways, just wanted to say thanks again for a great day and excellent snorkeling.
Cheers
Carlos

 

Carlos Teixeira (June 1, 2009)

I just had to write to say what a wonderful tour we had with Howard when visiting Curacao on January 7th. He was a wonderful guide, and gave us a lot of flexibility with how we wanted to spend our day. He was so knowledgeable about the island, nature and ecosystems of Curacao, as well as the history and culture. Plus he's a really nice guy and made us feel right at home. I gave the tour, Howard and your company a positive write-up on Cruise Critic.com and will recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Curacao!

Kindest regards,
Christine Thomas

 

Christine Thomas (January 17, 2009)

First I would like to thank Kim and Sem for the good and interesting visit of your island. We are going to keep a very good souvenir of Curacao. We are back in Québec after spending the winter in Florida and as I promised Kim, I am sending you some pictures taken during our visit. We won't hesitate to refer you to people visiting your island.
Thanks again. Best regard to Kim and Sem.....Lorraine Hénault

 

Lorraine Henault (April 19, 2008)

I just wanted to write you, now that my family is home, to let you know about our tour with your company on March 19.

We are a family of four, with two boys age 20 and 12. We cruised with Royal Caribbean last week and Curacao was our second stop. We were looking forward to a day of snorkeling because we had heard that your beautiful island was a great place to snorkel. We were blown away by the beauty of the island and the snorkeling. We were also overwhelmed by the tour guide your company provided us with. Not only was Howard informative and entertaining, he went way out of his way to make sure we saw the beauty of the island. We not only got to see the beautiful snorkeling sites, but we also got to see how amazingly historic and lovely the island really is. Without Howard, this would not have been possible. Please, thank Howard again for us.

Curacao was our favorite stop of the cruise and we will highly recommend your company to future travelers. No other place that we visited even came close to your snorkeling! If we ever get to visit again, we hope that Howard if available to show us around.

Curacao is truly a tropical paradise. Thank you for you services.

Rhonda Ramsey

 

Rhonda Ramsey (March 26, 2008)

Hello - Our family enjoyed ourselves when we were there December 18th and just wanted to thank Howard for the wonderful tour of Curacao and all the bits of information he had about the island and its history. Loved the authentic Krioyo food and would have liked to have had even longer than the full day! We will recommend you to all we know who are planning on going to Curacao.

Mindy, Stephen, Nicole and Annie Walton
Toronto, ON
Canada

 

Mindy Walton (March 11, 2008)

I just want you to know that we had a GREAT time with Andy. In fact, we are thinking that we will rebook the same cruise for next January because we love Curacao. We will definately be calling for another excursion. Andy is a tough act to follow.... Thank you, again.

JoAnn

 

JoAnn Noffsinger (February 9, 2008)

Hi,
Just wanted to reach back to you to say that this was a such terrific day/excursion. We had so much fun. Kim was delightful and knowledgeable. I have since recommended you to a number of fellow cruisers and will continue to do the same.
Thanks much and take care.
Jan

 

Janice Young (February 8, 2008)

Sofie,

We just wanted to let you know that we had a great time on our 1/2 day tugboat snorkelling tour. Andy and Kim were exceptional guides and it was the most memorable tour that we had during the vacation. We will recommend you to everyone we can, and look forward to returning to Curacao (and Curacao-Actief) in the future.

Thanks again,
Dionne and Bruce Nociar
Cochrane, Alberta. Canada

 

Dionne and Bruce Nociar (February 1, 2008)

Hi!
I really want to thank you for the wonderful time we had in Curacao.
All tours were amazing and the tours guides were very attencious and profissionals. Kim, Han and Howard are the best ones!!

Thanks a lot for all your care!
Kind regards,

Cláudia Primo

 

Cláudia Primo (November 22, 2007)

Hi, Kim,
We wanted to thank you again for the fantastic tour last Wednesday! You made everything so interesting and we learned so much about Curacao from you! Yours was definitely the trip to top and no one did! We gave your name and the website to several people on the ship.
Hope you had a great birthday on Saturday!

THANKS again!
Kathy & Victor

 

Kathleen Yuhasz (October 8, 2007)

Hi Anite, I wanted to Thank You for taking us around beautiful Curacao. The snorkeling we did was amazing, better than anywhere I have seen anywhere in the Caribbean and I have been to many, many ocean locations. We have decided we will come back to do some more visits to Curacao. Once again, Thank You for making it this day highlight of the ports we visited last week.

 

D Levin (August 27, 2007)

Hello Anite!!
We miss you and Curacao! There is no question...... we will be back!!!!!! We have been telling all of our clients about you and your company, and the amazing time that we had with you. I know if any of my clients go to Curacao, they will be giving you a call!
We had a great time with you, and I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed our company as well! I think you and your group really went above and beyond to accommodate us for the tour that we were requesting. If you ever decide to come to boring, cold, flat, London Ontario, look us up, and we'll do whatever we can to show you the same hospitality that you showed us! I'll even give you that exciting haircut that you were talking about as we went up Christoffel! Otherwise, I'll be doing some tour with you when I can get back to Curacao. I hope it can be soon!

Thanks again,
Ed and Ian

 

Ed (July 30, 2007)

Hello Han and Anite,
I have to tell you that the trip we took with Anite was one of the highlights of our trip to Curacao. We really enjoyed seeing the other side of the island with its natural beauty, as well as the problems caused by humans. It was quite a contrast to what we were experiencing at Breezes. I would recommend it to anybody traveling to Curacao, provided that they up for the adventure. I am totally amazed by the mud we got stuck in. I’m used to getting all sorts of vehicles un-stuck from the snow and ice we get around here and I figured it would be simple to extricate your vehicle. It’s hard to believe it took the Marines with their massive vehicles to remove us, in the process breaking the tow line!
Thanks again!!
John Valentine

 

John Valentine (July 29, 2007)

Hey Claartje,
We had such a great time meeting you last week. You really helped make my snorkeling experience amazing. We got back pretty much in one piece and it is back to school and work for us. How are things by you? Anything new and exciting? Did you get a chance to go to the crocs website yet? Let me know if you would like me to send you any of them.
Kind regards, Lori and Barry Stiefel

 

Lori and Barry (July 17, 2007)

Anite; We had a great time with you and Sabina! Jeanne loved Curacao and you were a big reason for that. I am sure we will return sometime during the winter when its cold and gray here. We appreciate your efforts on Jeanne's behalf in regard to her food allergies too. Have a great season. Regards, Dave, Jeanne, Cate & Megan

 

Dave Maugle (July 16, 2007)

Hi Anite,

How are you? You are very welcome! We had such a great day on your tour we too felt as if we were hanging out with a friend we had known forever:-) We went to both bead shops and bought a few items at both places. We bought the reef fish book (they did not have the bird book). There is still so much to see on the island we cannot wait to come back. We are hoping to come back after my graduation.
Our trip back was very smooth, no lost luggage this time thank heavens!

Thank you for such an fantastic tour,
Ruth Naegele

 

Ruth Naegele (May 30, 2007)

Hello Anite, I am not sure if you remember us, Mark and Peggy Ericksen from Clearwater, Fl. We really enjoyed our tour last year, and we hope you are doing well. There is a good chance that Peg and I will be back in Curacao on January 5, 2008. I believe that is a Saturday. We will be on Brilliance of the Seas again. I was wondering if you have any other tour options available for cruise ship passengers? Last year you took us to Ascension/Suplado, Shete Boka National Park, and beach for snorkeling. We had a fantastic time. Thanks

 

Mark and Peggy Ericksen (July 4, 2007)

First of all, we want to thank you for a beautiful and a very exciting trip to the Christoffel Park and the Northern part of Curacao. Now we have been back home for nearly 2 months and when we are talking and thinking back of our trip to Curacao we always talk about our trip with you. We are very happy to have met you and were able to spend a whole day with you. The way you showed us the nature and told us about the history of the island was exceptional. You have a great knowledge about the island, nature, history and the ordinary life of the island. We think we are coming back when Belinda is older and not interested to join us, and hopefully you have the firm at that time also.

Thanks for a wonderful day

Belinda, Inge and Flemming Johansen Denmark

 

Flemming Johansen (May 15, 2007)

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the amazing dive we experienced in Curacao on March 31. Claartje was our guide and she did an excellent job. She was thorough, attentive, communicative, and most of all fun. While we enjoyed both dive sites, I particularly liked diving under the pier. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. And we loved the dive, beach, and lunch at Cas Abao. That was the most beautiful beach we visited at any port on our 11 night cruise.

Thank you again for making our short stay in Curacao such an enjoyable one. We will definitely try to come back and spend more time there in the future.

Keith and Lori Rogers

 

Keith & Lori Rogers (April 26, 2007)

Anite,
I recently returned from a cruise in which our family took the Desert & Caves Tour on April 11. We had Han as our tour guide. I had to write to tell you that the tour was excellent and Han was the absolute best. We have three teenage sons who were with us, and they all said this was the best excursion of the whole trip. Han was so knowledgeable about everything and took the time to go out of his way to point out not only the main parts of the tour but small details as well. He took great interest and pride in showing us the various features of the island. Please thank him again for us and tell him Paul, Shelley, Sean, Ryan & Connor say hello. He is truly an asset to your company and if we are ever in Curacao again, we will definitely be booking another tour with you.
Shelley Strader

 

Paul & Shelley (April 19, 2007)

Hello Anite!

Here it is almost 3 months after our trip, and we are still in awe about our week in Curacao. The highlight certainly was our day spent with you on the island tour. We have told everyone we know about what a beautiful place Curacao is, and we just cannot wait to return.

We are looking to return for a week in Feburary. We've been cruising the internet looking for rental houses and there seems to be a pretty good selection. We thought we would quiz you as to what your recommendations would be for a group of about 6 - 8 adults to come for a week visit in February. Any villa rental ideas? We can't wait to show the island to our friends and family - and, of course, take them on another one of your excellent tours!

Please send any ideas our way. Attached are some pics we took -feel free to use them as you will.

Thanks for your wonderful hospitality and for an absolutely fantastic day on your beautiful island!

Ellen and Alan Jones
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
(toured January 31, 2007)

 

Ellen & Alan Jones (April 12, 2007)

Anite--
Thank you so much for the tours-- they were fantastic. I am dying to go snorkeling again:) Thank Han and Claire as well:-)

 

Ashley Watson (March 30, 2007)

We just wanted to let you know what a great day we had on Curacao on March 15th. Claire (Claartje) and Nick were just amazing! We had so much fun with them and it was like getting a tour from two friends. The beaches they took us to were the nicest I have ever seen.It was also my Birthday and they made it extra special. They are two wonderful people and you are very fortunite to have them working for you. Also see my review here: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=525237
Thanks again and we look forward to our next vist.
Paul Schofield, Clint Berger and Tina Cline

 

Paul, Clint and Tina (March 27, 2007)

Dear Han and Anite:

Well we had another excellent adventure with you last week. I never thought I would enjoy the desert and cave tour as much as I did our snorkel tour last year, but Han you were an exceptional guide once again. The caves and the “bullseye” were fascinating. The scenery was spectacular. Our friends Rosemary and Harry also enjoyed the tour immensely. Rosemary was a little nervous about the snorkelling, but you picked the perfect spot for her to try out the new equipment. Our pictures all came out fantastic. It was especially fun to be part of the film making process. I hope the footage was spectacular. I did another write up on cruise critic under the topic of “Has anyone taken a tour with Curacao-Actief”. Follow this link: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=467167 . Scroll halfway down the page until you hit the title Curacao-Actief Desert and Cave tour report.

Thank you again for a wonderful day,
Dawn

 

Dawn Kelly (February 13, 2007)

I was on your wonderful Snorkeling and Sightseeing tour Jan 17th. My daughter loved the currant rolls you passed out. We can't stop thinking of how great they were, but most of all your island. Your tour was absoutely the best of all we went on, we have wonderful photos of it. You all did such a great job. It was fantastic, even giving us enough time to stop at a store for cheese and beer!
Thanks!
Terri

 

Terri Watkins Braziel (February 6, 2007)

Hi Clarre!!! (That is your Kansas name - okay?)

There are no words to cover the experience that we had in Curacao. Here I was a little Kansas girl that was scared to death to snorkel for the first time. (In Kansas we have no large bodies of water - let alone a huge ocean that actually has a life of its own underneath the water!) Our guide was Clarre - not only beautiful but immediately became a part of our family) - who is from Holland originally was the ABSOLUTE most wonderful person in the world. She was not only patient (you have to be with people from Kansas - ha!) explained everything that I was suppose to do and then actually got into the water with me and took me on an experience of a lifetime. Never in my life have I seen anything so wonderful - Mr. Octo left me a little breathless - but, was that ever AMAZING - I can't wait to snorkel again!!!! The history of the island was an extra treat and very much appreciated. The old fort and the hospital was super interesting - you don't see those everyday now do you. I got great pictures of them from the cruise ship as we were leaving - EVERYONE I meet from now on is going to get your number - you guys are the BEST EVER!!!!!! Thanks for wonderful time - we WILL meet again!!! Remember that you are welcome here anytime - new friends are wonderful - it makes the world a little smalller!!!! I'll send you pictures later this week - and be good! God Bless! Margie - from the Land of Oz!!!! (and now snorkeling)

 

Margie Lisbona (January 30, 2007)

Our FABULOUS day in Curacao!

This is an excerpt. Pls see this link for the full article.
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=461243

*THURSDAY 12/7 CURACAO. Word of the day: “WOW!” We LOVED this island, In beauty, I place it just below Bora Bora. We had arranged to hit a few beaches through www.curacao-actief.com .......

We were met by our tourguides/bodyguards, Saskia and Priscilla. .....Absolutely wonderful! ....Our first beach was the one that I picked out. Daaibooi Baai (“Die-Boy”). WOW! This place was virtually deserted. Fabulous! ... I’d NEVER seen such an assortment of fish. Some of the biggest Parrot Fishes that I’d EVER seen! The snorkeling was breathtaking. Water clarity was wonderful. WOW! ....These expectations were fulfilled a thousand-fold! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company. I’ve dying to go back to Curacao and hit a few more beaches. WOW!..... Heck, we were just along for the ride and loving every minute of it!!! ....Anite, is to be applauded for planning this customized beach tour. We emailed back and forth a few times, then she called to chat, getting an idea of our expectations. These expectations were fulfilled a thousand-fold! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company. (Especially after seeing 2 other tour companies who had their clients packed like sardines in their vehicles!)

 

NoNoNanette (December 30, 2006)

Anite, Peg and I had a wonderful time on Curacao. I can't get over how great the snorkeling was, and I am so glad that I swam out as far as I did. What a beautiful snorkeling site. I thought that the countryside was beautiful as well with a lot of diversity, from mountains to the beach. I hope that we get to return some day. It was a day that we will never forget!

 

Mark and Peggy Ericksen (December 24, 2006)

Hi Anite,

Hello from Cold New Jersey. I am sorry that I didn't write a note earlier. I wanted to thank you so much for the trip on November 15th. Me and Jeff had a blast. We are still talking to everybody here about the snorkeling in Curacao, I wish we never came home. It is approximately 17F degrees outside. It was snowing a little bit last night. You could say we miss the Caribbean just a little bit.
I am still hoping that we can get down to Curacao next year. I have that tile sitting on my kitchen window sill. I see it everyday, and dream of paradise. I hope everything is going well for you and your business. If we get down there next year I will definetely give you a call, we'll have to go out to dinner. I have been looking at a couple of the resorts you drove us past. I can dream right!!!! I'll let you go I just wanted to drop you a note of huge thanks for the trip we really enjoyed it. I will post a review on it, this weekend if I get a chance on cruisecritic. Take Care. Have a Great Holiday!!!! Hope you don't get any Snow (Just kidding). Enjoy!!!!

Dawn Prince

 

Dawn Prince (December 8, 2006)

Hi Anite!

It was really nice to meet you during our excursion. We absolutely loved our tour! We were grateful to be with you on our own especially since the people on board were getting to us. Our tour was most enjoyable and certainly for us YOU made it great! We appreciated how clean and tidy your vehicle was, how you did everything you could to make us feel comfortable and were always eager to do more for us. You were very down to earth and easy to talk to and it is clear to us that you love what you do.

The two places you took us to were perfect for us. The timing of the entire tour worked perfectly for us. I liked the little added extra you gave us in touring the Fort and the hospital....very interesting. The snacks provided were very enjoyable...tasty in fact!

For us this was an all round perfect tour. I hope your company doesn't lose the personal touch as you grow your company. We will definitely be recommending you to folks we know who go to Curacao. We hope to be back there again in the near future and look forward to seeing you again at that time.

Thanks again for making us feel at home and showing us a good time and for sharing so many personal stories with us. It made our vacation!

Brian and Linda Jeffery

 

Brian and Linda Jeffery (December 2, 2006)

Anite:

I cannot thank you enough for the hiking excursion to the top of Christiffel Park. We really, really enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. You were a wonderful guide - so thoughtful and entertaining. I am reall happy to have chosen Actief. My husband and I went to two of the restaurants you recommended. I can't remember the name of the one we actually ate at. However, the owner was extremely pleasant. Thank you for recommending. We also found some raw milk on a farm not too far from Dinah Veeris. I don't drink it but my husband got some for himself. We had a wonderful time. Good luck to you and your husband. Sorry we didn't get to meet him. I am quite sure that he has a wonderful spirit like yours.

Best Regards,
Heather Gunn

 

Heather Gunn (August 16, 2006)

Anite,

Sorry for taking so long to thank you! We had a great time in Curacao and a big part of it was because of you and Han. Han came out great in the pictures, perhaps next time we'll have the pleasure in meeting in person.

Thanks again, Ricardo

 

Ricardo (August 13, 2006)

Hi Anite and Han:

Many thanks to you both for such a warm greeting to us here and to Anite for a first class tour of such a special island. We met several people today who know Yubi's work and we saw a piece at a local building....what an interesting experience it all was. We have been continuously discussing yesterday and digesting the experiences. We agreed that the island exceeded our expectations....in all respects. I'm going to obtain a Papiamento DVD and see if I can decipher the language a bit more....it is truly fascinating...in its sounds and origins. I tried to order I've been looking at Yubi's website....it doesn't due real justice to his imagination but it is very interesting nonetheless. The lunch at the "farm" (Kas di Pal'i Maishi) was also really an experience.....the man who waited on us was unforgettable. Keep up the good work.....and...oh....the flamingos...

I could watch them for hours. We will, sadly, leave here tomorrow after a glorious stay....thanks again for everything......

All The Best....Ken, Linda, Elena

 

Ken, Linda, Elena (August 11, 2006)

Both Brigitte and myself want to send you and your husband a belated thank you for sending us the great pictures and providing us with such a fun time in Curacao. We wish you both only the best.

Sincerely, Gregory and Brigitte

 

Brigitte Segal (June 20, 2006)

Hi Anite and Han,

Well we are home and getting back to work and the swing of things. We just want to say how wonderful our trip was and it was so great meeting you and getting to spend your birthday with you. We have most of our pics but are still going through them, there are a ton. We will get some to you soon. Thanks again for making our vacation so wonderful and hope to see you in the US soon.

Lisa and Bryan

 

Lisa Harrison (June 13, 2006)

Han and Anite,

I thought I would send you some pictures that I took on our hike up Mt. Christoffel that I think turned out very well. Feel free to use them on your website or in brochures if you like. I talked to the Manager of Breezes resort and mentioned that I really enjoyed your hike and that I thought they should work with you to provide "active" hikes to their guests. Beth and I really enjoyed our hike up the Christoffel Mountain and the tour of the north coast afterwards. We even told our friends back home in North Carolina about the vacation, and they are considering coming next year. Perhaps we will see you again! You can probably guess that Beth would LOVE to hike up the mountain again!

Again, thanks for the tour

Robert and Beth Nielsen

 

Robert Nielsen (June 4, 2006)

What a class act you guys are. Definitely when we get back to Curacao we will contact you.

Sincerely, Chuck

 

Chuck (May 5, 2006)

We're back home from our cruise and just wanted to send along a quick thank-you for a great day in Curacao! It was really nice spending the day with you and Han, and getting to know you both a bit. We got some great pictures at Shete Boka! We'll try and keep in touch from time to time, and let you know what happens later in the year with the baby. By the way, we had lunch at the Gouverneur and it was terrific - right out on the main deck overlooking the water. Thanks for that recommendation! Hope all is well with you both, and hope to cross paths with you again someday!
Mike

 

Mike (May 5, 2006)

Snow was on the ground when we departed Traverse City Michigan on 31 March. It was impossible to get to Curacao in one day so we had to lay over in Miami and catch the plane on the 1st of April. We had to go through the same thing on the way back. These days, travel by Air is fast but hectic. We always feel like cattle being herded from one corral to another. I think this may be one reason so many of our friends are taking cruises these days or driving. When I retired from the Air Force I vowed I'd never get on another airplane.

We arrived in Curacao in the early afternoon, rented a car and went directly to our hotel on the island. Curacao is a former Dutch colony just off the coast of Venezuela and is part of a group called the "ABC" islands (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire) . The Dutch had plantations on the island and used slave labor until about 1880 when the practice was abolished.

There is a lot of very interesting history on the island and we were lucky enough to find out about Curacao-Actief, a tour company run by Han Geurtsen & Anite Windrich. Anite arranged our schedule before we left, met us at the hotel the first day, and stayed in touch with us the entire time we were on the island. Han was our guide for several of the adventures and is a very knowledgeable historian and naturalist. More and more tour companies are specializing in what is known as ecotourism and we believe this is a very positive trend. Curacao-Actief has studied the island carefully and their website outlines an extensive menu of recreational opportunities. By the end of the week, we felt as if we had known Han and Anite for many years.

Our week in Curacao was a whirlwind of activity. We saw and did a lot of things thanks to Han and Anite, but next time I'd like to do more diving and sailing and go at a slower pace. We have gotten away from diving over the last few years but this trip has renewed my interest in this sport. I'd like to check out some of the better known dive sites in the ABC islands.

 

George Kobernus (April 15, 2006)

I just wanted to write and thank Han and Anite for the most excellent adventure you provided to us on our day in Curacao. I posted a write up on the cruise critic website in the ports of call area on the Boards. It truly was the best excursion that we have ever taken, and I am so glad that I found the Curacao-Actief website. You and Anite were so friendly and knowledgeable and you made us feel so welcome. The snorkeling and hiking were fantastic, and lunch was great fun.. Our pictures just don’t do the island justice. I can’t believe that we didn’t get a picture of you and Anite. We have been regaling our friends with the story of us jumping off the rocks into the water and the underwater swim to the Blue room.

We booked another cruise in 2007 and will want to book another excursion with you when we arrive.

Thank you again for a wonderful day.

 

George Kobernus (February 9, 2006)

Curacao-Actief excursion-wonderful

We just returned from our Jan 23-Feb4 Brilliance of the Seas cruise and I wanted to post a report on an excellent excursion that we booked with a company called Curacao Actief https://www.curacao-actief.com/ . We spent a full day with Han Geurtsen and Anite exploring some of the best snorkelling sites I have ever been to.

Curacao Actief offers a number of different excursions on their website, but we needed a custom made one because of the hours that the cruise ship was in port. I sent an email to Han and asked if they offered excursions for cruise passengers. He responded that they could tailor one to our needs. I asked for a combination snorkel and hiking day that would allow us to see some of the island as well as snorkelling.

We visited three snorkel locations, hiked and went for lunch at a local Creole restauraunt far off of the beaten path. We also saw some of the architectural and fortress sites, and Han was very knowledgeable about the these sites and also about the flora and fauna of the area.

The first snorkel site was called Director's Bay and it was amazing. The four of us snorkelled for about an hour and we saw every type of fish imaginable. Han gave us a laminated chart of the tropical fish that are in the area and we were able to take it into the water with us to identify the fish we were seeing. We were the only people snorkelling here.

Then we went to a snorkel site called the Tugboat and snorkelled over a sunken tugboat. This too was really nice. We saw several scuba divers beneath us. There were other people at this location, but not too many.
The final snorkel site was called the Blue Room and involved a hike of about 25 minutes through a forested area. We reached the water and jumped in off of the coral rock face and swam to an outcropping of coral. We had to swim underwater for about 10 feet to get into the Blue Room which is an underwater cave with amazing light features. When the sun shines and you are in the Blue Room with whole room turns blue and it was amazing. We then climbed back up the rock face and hiked back to the car.

They drove us back to the ship at 4PM and we had the best time. I would highly recommmend Curacao Actief for those of you who want to experience Curacao off the beaten track. This is definitely an excursion for snorkelling enthusiasts and people who like to get outdoors and see what the island has to offer. Han and Anite were the nicest people, and we felt like we had spent the day with friends.

Even if you aren't into snorkelling they offer many other activities including biking, hiking, and water sports. If anyone has any questions please let me know I'd be happy to answer them.

 

shrek - Cool Cruiser on Cruise Critic (February 6, 2006)

Dear Han and Anite,

Our tans may be fading but our memories of a great time in Curacao are still as clear as the wonderful warm sea! We want to thank you both for the very informative tours. The Eco Safari Desert and Caves tour was very interesting. A picnic at the entrance to the cave was an excellent idea. The hike up Christoffel Mountain was made all the more interesting by Han pointing out important flora and fauna which also served as a much needed and well deserved pit stop on the way to the summit!

And what a way to spend Christmas Day, jumping from 10 metres high cliffs into the sea! We will certainly recommend your tours and activities to family and friends.

Good luck with all your future ventures and plans. Until next time (yes we will be back to do the rest of the tours!)

Best wishes,

Alan, Monique and Oliver

 

Alan, Monique and Oliver (January 6, 2006)

Thank you for the phenomal boating trip! We had a lot of fun on our tour and a really good time and will be telling everyone who asks us about all the fun things to do on Curacao. We hope to stay in contact.

Kindest regards
Hector and Laura Cerna

 

Hector and Laura (December 3, 2005)

I had the privilege to take Curacao Actief's Eco Safari in June 2005, a very enjoyable, insightful and most personal experience. We visited places and saw things that we would have definitely not seen without our experienced local guide. Throughout my holidays in Curacao, I also met Ingmar (windsurfing) and Iko (catamaran), two cool guys willing to share their passion with others.

What a great team of people, a memorable tour and a terrific island!

Thank you, Anite and Han.

Simon Hénault
Canada

 

Simon Hénault (July 15, 2005)

I wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff for an awesome mountain bike ride! I hope to return in the future. Or if any of the island cyclist want to ride in the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey and/or Lake Tahoe area, just let me know. Of course, there are epic trails (right by my house) in the Santa Cruz mountains.

In any event, keep up the good work and I'll see ya on the trails! :)

Saludos, Brian M. Olson

 

Brian M. Olson (August 16, 2005)

I just wanted to let you know that my family and I had a wonderful time on the jeep-tour last week. It truly was one of the highlights of our visit to the island! Our photographs came out very good, but still do not completely capture the beauty of being there in person. Thank you very much for all of your efforts in coordinating our adventure.

Curacao-Actief has a very good product, and we wish you well in your endeavors.

Best regards, John Hutter

 

John Hutter (July 21, 2005)

Hi Han and Anite,

We loved the ecotour and all that Curacao has to offer. You and Anite, Terrence, Theo and of course Renate were just wonderful. Thanks so much for making our visit to Curacao so special. Best of luck with your business venture and living in Curacao.

Hope you enjoy your new home and settle in quickly.

Keep in touch,
Judy

 

Scott Munroe (July 29, 2005)