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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