After uploading photos of my Aquafari experience on Instagram Stories, I received such a great response that I decided to write an entire post about it! Many people had never even heard of an underwater scooter activity. Nonetheless, almost everyone voted that they wanted to give it a try. In this post, I’ll be sharing my adventure with Aquafari in Willemstad, Curaçao. Furthermore, I’ll be aiming to answer all of your questions about how Aquafari works, safety, and total cost.
What is Aquafari?
Aquafari is an activity where tourists partake in an underwater safari while riding water scooters. Each outing is led by certified Aquafari divers, who accompany you and make sure that you are both safe and have a good time. The eco-friendly water scooter that you ride on your safari has an oxygen tank (just like in diving) attached to its front. To allow you to breathe underwater, this tank feeds into a bell-shaped glass container. During your ride, your head will be in the glass container. Think Sandy from Spongebob Squarepants! The rest of your body will be in the water like normal as you sit on the scooter. It’s a bit hard to explain, but you can see exactly what this looks like in my photos.
Do I need any certification to participate?
No! That’s the great thing about Aquafari: it provides you with an underwater adventure without the time and financial commitment required to scuba dive. All you’ll need to go on your safari is a bathing suit and a towel. Additionally, there are lockers to store your belongings and a bathroom if you would like to change into your bathing suit on-site. You are not required to have prior diving experience or to wear a wetsuit. Nonetheless, I would recommend wearing a one-piece for women, because I did get a bit cold once we went underwater (I was in a bikini).
What about safety?
This may all sound a bit intimidating, but don’t worry! Aquafari gives all participants a full briefing about how to control the underwater scooter and safety before you even get in the water. The presentation includes hand signals to let your divers know that you’re ok and if you need help. Plus, the divers will give you signs to show when to turn on your motor scooter, when to turn off the motor, and when to hold hands with other participants. Aquafari takes all measures possible to guarantee that you’ll have a good time! The entire activity, including the 30-minute briefing, takes about an hour and a half.
What is the cost?
Prices are USD 115/person. Plus, Aquafari offers an additional photo package, where one of their professional divers will take photos of your safari via an underwater camera. The price of the additional photo package varies depending on the number of people wanting pictures in your group. For example, if you’re traveling with a friend, you can pay USD 25 for 35 photos.
Was it worth it?
100%! To put my opinion into perspective, I was a bit anxious about trying Aquafari. I’ve never been diving and have never done anything similar to an underwater safari, so I didn’t know what to expect! I was super nervous when we first went under the surface, but I felt very at ease knowing that we had the divers watching out for us. I ended up having such a good time that I have been wholeheartedly recommending this activity to everyone traveling to Curaçao. In fact, this is one of only seven locations in the entire world that offers this particular activity. Furthermore, the price is lower than most water excursions, and it’s an excellent option for family groups as well.
So, would you try Aquafari?
The Curaçao Tourist Board sponsored my Aquafari experience. However, they did not ask me to write this post. I chose to write about my experience because my followers seemed to be genuinely interested!