To 'Klein Curacao'. A ghost light house.

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The bow of the Mermaid

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.

Just before arrival at Klein CuraƧao
Is that all? No! There is more. The island has a small burial site in the northern section, it is full of debris that has washed ashore (slippers, buckets, buoys, shoes, boots, bottles, tanks, jerry cans, etc. etc.). And ship wrecks! The wreckage of the stranded Oil Tanker "Maria Bianca Guidesman" is without doubt the most impressive wreck. It can be found midway the island on the northern shore and has been there for at least 20 years. Mother Nature has done a real good job in removing the wreckage. It has "eaten" the major part of the massive steel hull and decks. A large part of the boat has disappeared but the stern with the bridge is still very well recognizable. A very sad and impressive sight.

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.

The ghost light house
Its wooden deck is still in good shape but the huge holes in the hull assure it will never sail again.

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.

The Maria Bianca Guidesman tanker in 2001 and 2011 (upper photo from www.jessica.nl)
It is not clear if the tower is still operating. Some articles on the web mention it is, others state that it is only listed like that on maps, and even contribute the unfortunate faith of the above mentioned yacht to the fact that the lighthouse did not work.

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.

The neighbor of the Maria Bianca Guidesman
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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!

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The bow of the Mermaid
The bow of the Mermaid
Just before arrival at Klein CuraĆ…
Just before arrival at Klein Cura…
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The Maria Bianca Guidesman tanker …
The Maria Bianca Guidesman tanker…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca G…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca …
Our journey as recorded by my GPS
Our journey as recorded by my GPS
The early departure in the Caracas…
The early departure in the Caraca…
En route, a rainbow could be seen
En route, a rainbow could be seen
Sailing along the south east part …
Sailing along the south east part…
The Mermaid
The Mermaid
The Mermaid
The Mermaid
The pleasant site at the island ow…
The pleasant site at the island o…
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The rusty remains of the Maria Bia…
The rusty remains of the Maria Bi…
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
View on the wreck from the ghost l…
View on the wreck from the ghost …
View from the top of the light hou…
View from the top of the light ho…
View from the top of the light hou…
View from the top of the light ho…
The wooden spiral stair in the tow…
The wooden spiral stair in the to…
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
The ghost light house
Since the goats are gone Klein Cur…
Since the goats are gone Klein Cu…
Trash washed ashore everywhere
Trash washed ashore everywhere
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Funnel of Maria Bianca Guidesman
Funnel of Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Maria Bianca Guidesman
Not only boats and plastic on the …
Not only boats and plastic on the…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca G…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca …
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca G…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca …
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca G…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca …
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca G…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca …
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca G…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca …
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca G…
The neighbor of the Maria Bianca …
Some coral on the island
Some coral on the island
More ship wrecks ashore
More ship wrecks ashore
More ship wrecks ashore
More ship wrecks ashore
In the raining season the island h…
In the raining season the island …
In the raining season the island h…
In the raining season the island …
One of the many current inhabitant…
One of the many current inhabitan…
The Mermaid
The Mermaid
The south west point of Klein Cura…
The south west point of Klein Cur…
Another rainbow on our way back
Another rainbow on our way back
The south east point of CuraƧao w…
The south east point of CuraƧao …
At the entrance of the Caracas Bay
At the entrance of the Caracas Bay
Klein Curacao - Curacao
photo by: mdalamers