To 'Klein Curacao'. A ghost light house.
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Did you know that Curaçao had a little brother/sister? It is the island of "Klein Curaçao" (Dutch for Little Curaçao). Klein Curaçao is situated some 12 kilometers south east of the south-east point of the main island. It is indeed small! From top to bottom it is about 2.4 kilometers and it is about 750 meters wide. Besides that, the altitude is only a few meters above sea level. In the past it used to house a few fisherman and several goats, but currently it is an uninhabited island.
Since the goats have gone the island shows some vegetation, but only low plants and grasses. Some operators organize day tripss to the island and have planted some palm trees.
A little bit to the north it has gotten company from a luxury Yacht which was also merciless smashed onto the sharp coral reef coast.
But, there is even more exiting stuff for a fan of abandoned structures like me. In the middle of the island is a beautiful, abandoned light house. The lighthouse was constructed in 1850 and consecutively rebuilt in 1879 and 1913. During one of those rebuilds the construction was moved more towards the center of the island to be better protected from the elements. The 22-meter-high structure is really impressive and must have been a really beautiful structure. Unfortunately, since it was abandoned the elements have not shown any mercy. The tiles were blown off the roofs, the floors have mostly rotted away. The wooden spiral stairs to the top of the tower, strangely enough, are still in pretty good shape.
Sana and I booked ourselves on board of the Mermaid, a small boat operated by Mermaid Tours. They offer a nice concept. You get a return trip to the island, breakfast, unlimited soft drinks, a really nice barbecue on the island, and the use of the facilities (sun chairs, shadow, restrooms, showers, use of dive gear, etc.) at the island. A trip very well organized. There were only two drawbacks. The boat leaves at 06:00am, so we had to get up at 05:00 am (this is vacation man!!!) and while sailing to Klein Curaçao the boat had to go against the tidal streams which made it a very bumpy ride, and I am not that much of a sailor.
But for the rest it was just a beautiful trip, we left in the Caracas Bay, and sailed a long time along the south eastern coast of Curaçao, which is all private property. By boat is the only way to see something of this mysterious part of the island.
Unfortunately we got some tropical rain showers, after that the walk on the island, and the barbecue got so much time that my intended first dive did not take place.
More pictures below!