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“Neat experience on the island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hato Caves

Hato Caves
F. D. Rooseveltweg | Willemstad Netherlands Antilles, Willemstad, Curacao
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Owner description: Old coral reefs exposed when the sea receded.
Marietta, Georgia
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“Neat experience on the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

My husband and I took the bus from Ostrobanda to the Hato Caves. It was very easy and very inexpensive. A sign along the road will signal you that you need to get off the bus, and you can see the entrance to the guide center from the road. You can wear flip flops or open toed shoes. No climbing is involved and the cave is very open. All you claustrophobic people should be fine, or at least I was. When choosing an outfit to wear beware the cave is warm and humid--you will sweat, a lot! Hydrate before going in; you can purchase water (and beer) on site. The guide gave the tour in English and Dutch on the same trip. This just gave us a chance to look around while he was giving the Dutch portion.

Visited September 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“NIce Day Trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We took a taxi around the island and ended up at kueba di hato, a small cave on the island of Curacoa because the driver peeked our interest when he told us that they were old slave caves. It seems that escaped slaves used them as hiding places, and lived in them. There is evidence of this by the black soot that lines the walls at the front of the cave.

You can only take a guided tour through the cave, and your guide will fill you with stories of past and present,and also tell you about the 8 different species of bats living in the cave.

It's a nice little cave to escape back to nature, and support local tourism that create jobs on the island.

Visited April 2013
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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“Left us wanting more...in a bad way”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The tour guide was amazing here, we had a mixed group of English and Dutch speakers and he flawlessly switched between the two and made sure we never missed a dry joke. He is very knowledgable and the best part about the visit. The cave tour doesn't go very deep, so we really didn't feel like we were able to explore. It was a good way to spend the afternoon and the Indian Trail was a very informative. While you're there get a good view of the Curacao airport...it's a super long runway with the sea in the background, nice addition to the afternoon.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful work of art of nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A tour of the cave will take about an hour and is worth every minute of it. The cave is a work of art of nature. The stalactites are like statues. The lightning makes them look even more impressive.
The story of the cave as an hide out for slaves is interesting. And so are the bats.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Clara, California
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“Good tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Okay, so maybe not so different than other caves, but still a great little day trip. The guide was really good.

Visited August 2013
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