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Hato Caves Tours

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Hato Caves
Curacao’s limestone Hato Caves were used by indigenous Arawaks for shelter and by runaway slaves as a hideaway during colonial times. Today long-nose fruit bats call the cave home, while dramatic lighting illuminates its cave paintings, waterfalls, pools, Madonna statue, and formations with names such as the Pirate's Head and the Sea Tortoise.

The Basics
The Hato Caves are the most prominent caves on the Caribbean island of Curacao. Visitors can take a 20-minute self-guided walk to see carvings by the Caiquetio people done more than 1,500 years ago or join a 1-hour guided tour, which takes place several times throughout the day and explains the legends and history of this underground world. A stop at the caves can be coupled with other Curacao attractions such as the ostrich farm.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Hato Caves may not be suitable for those with respiratory issues or those who suffer from claustrophobia.
  • There is an on-site restroom facility and a snack bar where you can purchase drinks.
  • The trail can be steep at times, but there are handrails.

How to Get There
The Hato Caves are located 15 minutes north of Willemstad (where the cruise ship terminal is located), near the Curacao International Airport. Pickup and drop-off from Curacao hotels and the cruise port is typically included with guided tours.

When to Get There
During high season (from mid-December to mid-April) and on holidays, more on-site Hato Caves tours might be available. Keep in mind that you may encounter large touring groups when cruise ships are docked. As they’re aboveground, the caves can be hot and humid during the summer months.

Museum Kura Hulanda
Located in Willemstad’s historic colonial quarter, Otrobanda, the Museum Kura Hulanda offers an exploration of the transatlantic slave trade and Curacao’s role in it. The museum also delves into the cultural influences that combined to form present-day Curacao. Guided and audio-guided tours are available.
Address: Weg naar Hato, Willemstad, Curacao
Admission: Varies
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Curacao Beach and Hato Caves Tour

Curacao Beach and Hato Caves Tour

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Travel to some of Curacao’s most interesting spots on this 5-hour from Willemstad, including all entrance fees and round-trip transport. First stop at Flamingo Park to catch sight of and learn about the brightly colored birds that live there. Then, make your way to Hato Caves for a guided tour. You can also walk the Indian Trail at the caves, and see carvings done by the Caiquetio Indians more than 1,500 years ago. Afterward, relax on the beach with two hours of free time to swim or sunbathe.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.67
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Hato Caves, Turtles & Beach

Hato Caves, Turtles & Beach

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A must do combination tour of the famous Hato Caves and beaches in one tour! Highlights: - Hato Caves, explore the caves with a 1 hour guided tour. - Playa Piskado, always wanted to swim with sea turtles? Now you have to chance to swim and snorkel with these amazing sea animals. - Playa Porto Mari, this beach is has been declared one of the most beautiful beaches of Curacao. Time to relax, swim and snorkel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.42
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Hato Caves and Ostrich Farm Combo Tour

Hato Caves and Ostrich Farm Combo Tour

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Combine visits to Curacao's Hato Caves and the local ostrich farm on a single half-day tour. A great option for families, this tour stops first at the Hato Caves to learn about the island's formation and the geology of the caves. Come face to face with the earth's largest birds at the ostrich farm and learn about their biology and behavior through a guide's commentary during a farm tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.65
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Curacao Shore Excursion: Ostrich Farm and Hato Caves Adventure

Curacao Shore Excursion: Ostrich Farm and Hato Caves Adventure

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Meet flightless birds and explore Curacao’s natural history on a 4-hour shore excursion to an Ostrich Farm and Hato Caves. Ride a safari truck through the arid farm, feed and touch an adult ostrich and watch then speed across their enclosures. Descend into Hato Caves to explore passages that stretch 787 feet (240 meters) into coral limestone, spot ancient Arawak petroglyphs and discover stalactites and stalagmites in fantastic, evocative shapes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.39
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PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR Best way to get to know Curacao! Groups of +4 DISCOUNT

PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR Best way to get to know Curacao! Groups of +4 DISCOUNT

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Your group will be accompanied by a friendly local guide, who will take you to the most amazing spots. Stops mentioned above are an indication off all the unique experiences Curaçao has to offer. Because each trip is completely tailored, you decide the route and the duration of every stop. Options; Beach hopping, Swimming, Snorkeling, also with sea Turtles, Christoffel- and Shete Boka National park, Flamingo sighting, Piggy Beach, visiting old Plantation houses, Colonial monuments & architecture, Souvenir shopping, Blue curaçao tasting, Ostrich farm, Cavers and Blow Hole. You name it and we will add it to your customised Tour. ​ Pretty much a complete Private Tour with a Customised itinerary according to your preferences so you can explore the island by way of activities you want to do and sights you want to see. Our Tours are ideal for everyone; Families, couples and groups of all ages.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.66
Price varies by group size
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$141.66
Price varies by group size

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