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“Wonderful Caves!”
Review of Hato Caves

Hato Caves
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Owner description: Old coral reefs exposed when the sea receded.
Tampa, Florida
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Wonderful Caves!”
Reviewed April 28, 2010

While cruising on the NCL Spirit repositioning cruise from New Orleans to Boston in April, we stopped on the lovely island of Curacao, Netherlands, Lesser Antilles. We got off the ship early and grabbed a cab (van) to the Hato Caves. We had 6 people in our group and negotiated a rate of $75 from the port to Hato, waiting time, and then to the Curacao Hilton. We arrived at the caves before they opened and almost decided to just go on to the Hilton, but as we were leaving the manager arrived and welcomed us in. She agreed to allow us to join the first group tour. Entrance fee was only $8.

Our group, now about 15 ascended about 3 flights of rough uneven stairs. While none of our group had any trouble with them, some might. There were interesting lizards, plants and flowers along the way. At first our tour guide was only reciting a script, and at times it was difficult to understand her accent. But our group is warm, friendly and sometimes silly and she became more relaxed and easier to understand as we moved along. After a few minutes another group followed along behind us. We moved through several passages of the cave, so with openings in the ceiling and here and there live bats flying around. I love caves and it was wonderful with only 2 exceptions, after we went in, tow other groups followed us and it wall crowded trying to pass them on the way out and it was HOT! The hottest caves I've ever been in. Who would have thought? Still it was well worth the visit, just get there as early as possible. Soon we were on our way to the Curacao Hilton.

Of special note would be the manager at the Hato Caves, Special thanks to her for going out of her way to make our short stay wonderful.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very Interesting, and very hot in the caves”
Reviewed January 29, 2010

Enjoyed walking around the Indian trail while waiting on the cave tour to start. Beautiful walk, highly recommend it. The cave tour was fun, as others have said you have to be able to go up and down uneven stairs, and know that YES it IS hot and humid in the caves. Tour guide made it an interesting tour, we had a large group so it was a little awkward trying to move everyone around depending on whether it was the Dutch or English speaking guide. Yes, there are bats in the cave, but it's beautiful to see and highly recommend spending some time visiting this attraction.

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Orange County, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Must See!”
Reviewed August 3, 2009

This was the only trip I did on Curacao that was worth it!
The place is very well run and very clean.
The guide was very knowledgeable and the caves are amazing!
Please don't miss this great adventure.

4 Thank HRH0fOC
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
73 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Totally Cool!!”
Reviewed January 19, 2009

Located just by the airport, these caves were formed below sea level millions of years ago and used by Indians and later escaped slaves to hide.
A guide will take you on a 45-minute tour exploring the caves and the limestone formations of stalagmites and stalactites.

Photos are allowed at certain times.
Clean flushing bathrooms available.

Totally cool!!

**This place isn't really advertised much so make a note to remember it!!

(Oh and while you are waiting for your tour to start, the guides have fun playing the mechanical musical instrument/Organ)

5 Thank DannaFromCalgary
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clarksville tennessee
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72 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2008

It's been a few years since we last toured the caves, but we did enjoy our visit. The caves give an insight into the history of how the island was formed. You enter the cave with a tour group by climbing up a series of steps so make sure you are capable of climbing. The caves display many nice formations including a famous Madonna statue. My biggest complaint is that the caves were extremely hot and humid and we were all ready to leave the cave after the hour long tour as a result.

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