Hato Caves

Hato Caves, Willemstad: Hours, Address, Hato Caves Reviews: 4/5

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Kimberly C
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Fantastic experience! Your ticket (8-10 dollars, depending on the time you go), includes the cave tour (you can't walk into the caves without the tour) and the Indian Trail. The caves are awesome inside, and the guide teaches you the history and science of the caves. Every minute was interesting! Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable about the caves, accommodated several languages, and made sure everyone was enjoying themselves. You have to walk up some stairs for a bit to get to the start of the tour, but the stairs aren't bad. The cave tour takes about 45 minutes.

The Indian Trail is an independent walk you can do before or after the cave tour, and you can take as long as you want on this walk.

Note: You can't take photos in the caves except in certain spots, but that is to keep the integrity of the caves intact. Also, the places you can take photos are awesome!
Written August 17, 2021
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bbeene
Warner Robins, GA39 contributions
This stop was part of a tour excursion from NCL and while the site itself was pretty interesting; when you have multiple ships in town and this is included as a tour from most of them you cannot enjoy this place to its fullest. We were continuously moving over to let other groups through and our guide did not wait until everybody got back together before he started rattling off his spiel.
We really felt like we got the bum's rush and did not get a change to see the Indian hieroglyphics that were on site.
Something to be aware of if you get a chance to go when the ships aren't in is that there ae 49 or so irregular steep steps to the entry point.
There is a snack bar and restrooms on-site. I think this would be a really neat trip if you go go with a group of no more than 12 and had a guide that would take time to explain all the wonderful features within the cave
I think under t
Written January 29, 2022
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MAConvert
Berkshires, MA378 contributions
This tour was incredibly informative. Our guide taught us about the caves themselves as well as the historical events that occurred in them. We saw the bats that occupy the cave, saw the gorgeous formations, and even experienced the dark silence of the inner cave. A great experience!
Written May 24, 2022
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dmccrann
Barnegat, NJ144 contributions
I was a solo traveler that rented a car and drove to this location from my hotel in Willenstad. I found this location easy and convenient, and was able to purchase a ticket independently. They have guided tours on the hour, every hour, and I got there when the park opened, and was able to join the first tour of the day. The tour was approximately $10 USD, the guide was informative and entertaining, and was well worth the tiny fee for the tour. There is also a small trail to follow at the caves where you can see a lot of iguanas and local cacti. Definitely an easy quick to-do if you're on the island and want a local experience!
Written October 3, 2021
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL2,949 contributions
Interesting tour but don't expect to see Luray Caverns or Mammoth Cave--these caves are much smaller, but nonetheless interesting. The guide was very good giving a detailed account of the history and geology of the caves. It was about a 35-40 minute drive from the cruise dock through some of the colorful city but then the landscape turns to less than attractive areas. Tour lasted about 30 minutes.
Written February 10, 2022
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Eric M
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Family
The staff and guides were very pleasant and helpful. There is an small restaurant where you can buy a good coffee while waiting your tour.

The caves were very interesting and we enjoyed the tour guide's sense of humor and deep knowledge about the caves and their history. There is an opportunity to take photos and there are bats, so a lot of fun.

Also walk the Indian trail before you leave. If you take a photo of the marker key, which is posted on the side of the restaurant, it will help you with your self guided tour.
Written January 4, 2020
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Toni H
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There are a lot of steep steps to get to the caves so those with mobility issues will struggle. In reference to another review, there is a locked gate to keep the caves secure, but you are with a tour guide the whole time so there is no wait to get out. We drove there yesterday and loved the caves. They are stunning and our tour guide, Mr. Daisy, was entertaining and knowledgeable. We do not normally go to tourist sites but I really wanted to see them, and it was worth the $9US to get in. A nice break from the beach.
Written January 30, 2020
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symsdad
Penfield, NY173 contributions
Cave was much bigger than anticipated. Our tour group had about 10 people in it Tour price was reasonable and the guide (you must go with a guide) was very knowledgeable and explained in detail what we were seeing. As in most caves, there were bats. We like seeing the bats so that was a plus for us. A very smooth walkway has been made throughout the cave so walking is easy once you climb the 40+ steps to get to the cave.
On a side note, we enjoyed seeing and reading about the many species of cactus they've planted near the entrance.
They have a small restaurant but we had already eaten. Bottled water was reasonably priced.
Written January 23, 2020
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Creestal
North Bay, Canada425 contributions
Really cool caves, but you have to go as a tour and they go through so fast you barely get to actually "see" anything. The actual tour took no more than 20 minutes.
And no pictures allowed, except for one small space that has nothing great to see! There are so many spots you would want to take pictures, but you're not allowed.
Written December 21, 2021
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Rutki
Somerset, PA112 contributions
Couples
Don't spend extra money to visit the caves with a tour. It's only $9/adult at the cave. My BF & I we're the only ones in our group on our tour. They have clean restrooms and a small snack shop. There is also a nice shaded walking trail to see the outside of the cave with differ vegetation on the walk to see. There are about 40 steps up to the cave but the tour guide did it slowly and took a short break. I didn't get winded at all and I'm overweight and out of shape. There was adequate parking and a security guard in the parking lot. We got there just in time. 2 buses came and I'm glad we got up there before the bus group. They can only take so many at a time up the steps and into the cave at a time.
Written January 21, 2020
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