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Review of Hato Caves

Hato Caves
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Half Day Hato Caves and Ostrich Farm Tour from...
Ranked #25 of 114 things to do in Willemstad
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Owner description: Old coral reefs exposed when the sea receded.
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Lots of bats they don't bother you but just seeing them creeped me out. Not much of an adventure you can only go into the cave a very short way. Hot and dry no color on in the cave at all. The grounds really have nothing for you to see.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Marvel at the tiny bats hanging from the roof of the caves. The amazing forms deep inside the caves were at times breathtaking. Our guide was very informative and mindful of our safety. Go and enjoy nature at its finest.

1  Thank shilo2
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We just returned from our honeymoon in Curacao. Hato Caves was one of the attractions we visited while there and we wanted to recommend it to other visitors! First off - it couldn't be more conveniently located! It's a minute from the airport and just 15-20 minutes from the main part of town. We lucked out and got our own private tour because one of the guides (Elizabeth) had just completed her training and needed some practice with a small group. The caves themselves were truly amazing! We enjoyed learning about the history of the island and the caves and also about all the different formations. I really appreciated the geology and nature of the caves. Our guide was fun and personable. My only minor complaint is that she spent too much time pointing out rocks and formations that looked like pirates, ghosts, monsters, cartoon characters, etc. While this was kind of fun for a minute - I went to the caves to enjoy their natural beauty and to learn how they were part of the island's history with the Indians and the slaves. I could care less that a 50,000 year old rock looked like a pirate - I care more that it's a 50,000 year old rock! I really felt that this was a distraction when all I wanted to do was take in this geological wonder and wrap my head around the fact that this was once under the sea and was over 300,000 years old. Besides that small complaint - we enjoyed our tour! The caves were truly incredible and we loved the pools inside and the bats!!
We also really took our time and enjoyed the nature walk. We had the place to ourselves - it was really nice. The manager told us that they'll soon be updating the nature walk path, etc. So be sure to check it out. Another super highlight was the attraction's resident cat, Maui. A very chill, orange kitty that hangs out by the snack-bar. Super adorable and sweet, we hung out with him while we enjoyed our drinks. Overall a great attraction and well worth your money and time!

3  Thank Jaimi B
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Visiting the caves is an awe-inspiring experience that is absolutely recommended! The sheer size and power of the waves and the work they have done to naturally carve out the island is breathtaking. I could have spent an entire day here watching this majestic place!

1  Thank Michelle J
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The visit to this attraction would probably take you around 1.5 hours. The place offers guided tours on the hour - but we were not aware of that so we got there just a bit after the tour started. We bought our tickets and were encouraged to take the Indian walk before starting the tour around the caves. The walk takes around 15 - 20 minutes if you stop at every information point. It's a nice walk but nothing to write home about really. You do get the frequent iguana accompanying you around the path!

On the hour we were called by our friendly tour guide who explained what the tour was going to be like. The tour was performed in both English and Papiamento. The caves are gorgeous - very well kept! Unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures inside the caves - flash lights will kill the bats. There is a family of bats living in the caves, but not to worry, they're too busy sleeping :-)

2  Thank MalteseEater
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