6:30 - 8:30 PM
Bon Bini op Curacao! Join us for a casual welcome reception at the hotel. We'll enjoy poolside cocktails and dinner while reconnecting with old and new colleagues!
Included in registration fee
9:00 - 10:00 AM Social Guest Program
Wu-style Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art founded by Wu Chian Chuan in the late 1800s. Like all types of Tai Chi Chuan, Wu-style focuses not on external power, but on internal strength, generated from calm, balance, and mindfulness. Valerie Boss has a black belt in Wu style and has studied at the Lost Track Kungfu and Tai Chi School in Atlanta for 30 years. She will lead participants in typical taichi warm up and breathing exercises, and introduce them to a few of the postures characteristic of Wu style. Movements will be slow and not vigorous, with plenty of stretching (and mimosas afterwards). Participants should bring drinking water. Comfortable shirts and pants or shorts (not skirts) are recommended. Sneakers or bare feet are suitable, but not flip-flops.
2:00 - 6:00 PM
Willemstad, Curaçao's capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is divided into the Punda (point) & Otrobanda (the other side). This group excursion allows guests to take advantage of staying in the area for "Punda Vibes" (6-10pm).
We'll board the bus for a short drive through the Otrabanda area, across the Queen Juliana Bridge and on to the Punda area. We'll visit the floating market, Wilhelmina Square, the Queen Emma pontoon bridge, and other historic sites including the oldest synagogue in the hemisphere. Our guide will explain the rich history of this area, and you will also have some free time to explore on your own. Take the return bus back to the hotel at 6pm, or choose to stay and enjoy dinner and the "Punda Vibes" evening - a diverse cultural celebration of Curaçao incorporating indigenous, European, and African influences.
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Join us for a Curaçaoan dinner on the relaxing beach at the Marriott Resort. We'll enjoy local foods and entertainment, listen to the sound of the waves lapping at the shore, and celebrate our time in sweet Curaçao together as we say our final farewell.
Shoes are optional!
Included in registration fee
Please note all optional tours include round trip transportation to/from the Marriott.
Guide gratuities are not included in tour pricing and are at your discretion.
Shete Boka means 'seven inlets' – the park is named for a series of picturesque coves carved out of the limestone. The area is a wild part of the Island with pounding surf at Boka Pistol, a natural water canon where forceful waves relentlessly pummel the cliffs, shooting the surf up to 40 feet high. Located adjacent to Christoffel National Park, Shete Boka Park was established as a protected area in 1994 to preserve these nesting areas for sea turtles, as there are nearly a dozen pocket bays where Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Green turtles lay eggs. There will be time for snorkeling and swimming. This tour is a photographer's dream - the scenery is pure Curaçao delight! Includes: RT transportation, private tour guide, admission to SBNP, snorkel gear, bottled water & local pastry snack. Min 20 ppl.
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM $189 PP
Do you scuba? Are you interested in learning? Curacao is the perfect place, with many dive options close to the island. The Marriott Resort has its own highly-rated dive shop on property, Goby Divers, who can assist. Rate includes: RT transfers, two dive sites, all rental gear (BCD, regulator, air tanks, etc.) and taxes. You may bring your own mask if you prefer.
Onsite hotel dive shop (Goby Divers - See full details at the bottom of this page).
1:30 - 4:30 PM $135 PP *grab lunch on your own before tour*
Includes: RT transportation, welcome cocktail, admission & private tour, tasting, bottled water, 2 cocktails during the workshop.
1:30 - 5:30 PM $130 PP *grab lunch on your own before tour*This tour is all about nature and designed for those who are interested in Curaçao's natural wonders. Hop on the bus for a short drive to the Hato Cave, which was used as a hiding place during the early days of the slave trade in Curaçao. After the cave tour, we will take a break at nearby Kokomo Beach to swim and cool off in the crystal clear water. Min 20 ppl.
Includes: RT transportation, guide, fees & admissions, bottled water.
1:30 - 5:30 PM $90 PP *grab lunch on your own before tour*
Grab a box lunch, then hop on the bus for a short drive to the Otrabanda area and Museum Kurá Hulanda (meaning “Dutch courtyard” in Papiamento) - the region’s largest anthropological collection on Africa. The museum is located on a former slave yard and merchant’s home and focuses on the predominant cultures of Curacao. It offers a world-class chronicle of the Origin of Man, the African slave trade, West African Empires, Mesopotamian relics and Antillean art. This tour will take you on a journey through time from the history of Africa to Curaçao’s role in the Middle Passage as the epicenter of the slave trade. After the museum, guests are invited to reflect on their experience in the courtyard and enjoy leisure time shopping in the adjacent Kurahulanda Village. Min 20 ppl.
2:00 - 5:00 pm $80 PP
Do you want to explore the under water wonders of Curaçao, but you don’t want to scuba dive? Goby Divers at the Marriott will lead a shore snorkeling excursion on Saturday afternoon to a nearby location (TBD based on weather and visibility). Maximize your snorkeling time - no boat time required as the reefs are directly accessible from the shore.
Price includes transportation, snorkeling gear and taxes.
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM $110 PP (Max. 15ppl)
Be amazed by the sea turtles on this swimming and snorkeling tour from Curacao's Grote Knip Beach. After a 45-minute bus ride to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, you'll enjoy an hour of snorkeling time. The turtles come right up to the beach so you'll be swimming and snorkeling in shallow water. On the return trip, enjoy a brief stop and photo opportunity withe the flamingos at Jan Kok. Free digital photos from a pro photographer are included. Includes RT transfers, swim with turtles, snorkeling gear. Max. 15 ppl.
Did you know that Curaçao has more than 50 dive locations that are easily accessible from shore? Our shore dives will astound you with huge mushroom formations to the west, a sunken tugboat in the shallow water to the east, a deep shipwreck near the city and beautiful hard and soft coral gardens everywhere! Let us guide you as you explore our amazing underwater world, teeming with schools of colorful fish. While we go to all the well-known dive sites, we will also take you on adventures to the lesser known places of stunning beauty, both above and below the water.
Non-Certified Divers & Snorkelers: