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“It's a cave - it looks like a cave. It's fine, if you're impressed by caves, but HOT!”
Review of Hato Caves

Hato Caves
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Owner description: Old coral reefs exposed when the sea receded.
Silver Spring, Maryland
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“It's a cave - it looks like a cave. It's fine, if you're impressed by caves, but HOT!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

I agree with the previous review that said that this is a cave, and it looks like a cave. It didn't seem any better or worse than caves we've seen in the states. Maybe a little less interesting. I thought that the other caves on the island that were closer to the current water line were better options for the time they took to explore.

The one thing that I'm not seeing in other reviews is that it is incredibly HOT in the cave! Much hotter than the outside, which in Curacao is pretty darn hot. They actually have fans set up along the path, but they don't seem to help much. Also, you are only allowed to take pictures in two specific spots in the cave, in order to keep the light from damaging it.

However, the government has clearly taken great strides to make this a tourist-friendly attraction, with it's paved path and built in lights. As seemed to be true everywhere, the guides spoke a variety of languages fluently. Again, if you really like caves, or if you've never had the opportunity to experience one before, go! Just be prepared to sweat!

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
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“Neat experience on the island”
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”
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”
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”
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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