Hato Caves
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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  • Amy K
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour
    An entertaining tour and beautiful natural caves. Warning to fellow claustrophobes, the caves are not particularly tight, but due to vandalism, the door to them is locked behind you which was a little off putting. Still, glad I went!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Helen B
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad this was on our Tour
    I enjoy exploring life and sites outside the tourism world but this is a great place to view high over the island and lovely preserved cave. Beware of 50 steps up to enter them several smaller steps while inside. No photographs allowed but in specified areas.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Robbie
    Carlinville, Illinois25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful little gem
    A wonderful little gem. The area is well-maintained and they have an exciting trail to visit before or after the tour. The cave is not extensive (for viewing) and that is the only reason for 4 versus 5 stars. But the price was reasonable, and the background information was interesting. Don´t touch the poisonous trees along the path!! Read the signs!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Charissa R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun visit if you enjoy caves
    An enjoyable tour. The tour was available in Dutch, English and Spanish. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. The cave was quite fascinating. It is hot and humid but there are fans throughout the cave. There's a few steps to walk up to reach the cave entrance and it's just a matter of being careful and taking your time. There's sufficient lighting in the cave to guide your path. Very fun experience and you learn a lot!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States754 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hato Caves
    Hato Caves is an interesting cave in Curacao. The cave is on the smaller side, compared to others we have visited. Unlike many caves, the ambient air temperature in the cave is warm, so we were comfortable in t-shirts and shorts. The cave is at the top of a hill, and visitors need to climb a somewhat narrow set of rock stairs to reach the entrance. Interestingly enough, the cave is across the street from the airport and there is a good view of the runway from the entrance to the cave. One thing I found slightly disappointing is that photography is only allowed in a few rooms of the cave. Thankfully, most of the nice formations are in these areas. The grounds are also home to a few giant tortoises, and there is a large garden of native plants by the entrance.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Patricia B
    6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot hot hot
    The property is privately owned; tours are available. ( we went through a cruise ship shore excursion). The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the caves and history of the area. Her affect was somewhat neutral. But ...be advised...these are limestone caves and very close to the surface in a very hot, tropical climate. The cave formations are truly awe inspiring but the temperature was somethng like being in a very wet sauna. So for comfort..1 or two stars for the sights...4 stars for the tour guide 3 stars Hence, my review of 3 stars
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • BDS62
    Greenville, Texas327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun cave in Curacao
    My wife and I planned to come see the cave before we had left home. It was a great time. From the lizards on the grounds and the turtles in an enclosed space, it was great. The cave guide was very informative and funny. Only 10.00 USD.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Kristian
    Peace River, Canada154 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided cave tour; very informational
    Nice tour as a couple with good guides and very knowledgeable. It was insanely hot inside with little fans that helped a bit. Realize how dark it is when the lights went out. Appreciated the opportunity for photos in certain areas. Pretty good cave system overall with trails outside.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • BC-Westcoaster
    Vancouver, Canada318 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value, worth a stop
    At $10 US per person for a guided tour, this is a good value activity. Because of the temperature on the island while we were there, we booked the first tour of the day to beat the worst of the heat, and though it was warm in the caves there were lots of fans located throughout to help cool guests off. An interesting feature of these caves is that they are located above ground rather than underground. You do have to walk up 49 steps to access the opening, but it is quite easy to do and taken very slowly. Once in the cave itself you are on a paved path that doesn't change much in elevation. We saw limestone formations, pools and fruit bats - it was really a good tour. We liked that photos are only permitted in a couple of places, so you aren't constantly being held up by people taking selfies. Everyone else on our tour was Dutch but the guide, with their permission, did the tour just in English so we could all understand and he didn't have to switch back and forth - nice of them and the guide to accommodate us that way. Also on the site are a cactus garden and a paved "Indian Trail" with signs identifying the various plants and trees, Indian petroglyphs in the rocks, and lizards everywhere. Allocate about an hour for the tour and the trail.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • LauraJW
    Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice cave and tour
    The tour was about 45 minutes, it was a fun activity but the cave was not to big. The tour guide was very nice and did a great job telling us about the cave and the history of the island. Definitely a fun activity to do if you are looking for something different than the beach.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
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boseguera
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Hato Caves is a must in Curacao. You learn a lot about caves and the history of the island and I love how flexible they are with the tours. You can just show up (as long as you're within a certain time frame) and just pay and join the next tour. There is a short hike you can do as well to kill time before the next tour or to do after the tour. The tour is short and sweet. Unfortunately you can't take many pictures, only in a certain area of the cave. Also, if you have a car rental, you can drive there yourself very easily.
Written April 13, 2024
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Cindy S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our tour guide Daisy informed us about the caves history, pointed out different formations and needle nosed bats.

We were not allowed to take photographs. Flash photography would disturb the bats. Towards the end of the tour, Daisy said we could take photos. Daisy offered to take photos of couples/ groups together.

There are 50 steep concrete stairs needed to climb up and down from the caves. The good thing there are metal handrails on both sides of the steps. If you take your time, they aren’t as daunting.

There is a $10 admission fee. On the grounds, there is an enclosure with turtles. The turtles faces have bright orange and yellow markings.
Written April 6, 2024
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QueenWakanda
Hillsborough, NJ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The sight is simply incredible. We decided the to visit the Hato cave, the day before our trip ended and we are glad that we did. The entrance fee is only $10. I suggest that instead of booking an excursion to get a taxi or a rental car take you there and just pay the entrance fee. Also wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight to see the hidden bats 🦇inside the cave. It’s like walking inside the underworld…if that even makes sense. I wore flat and they were not the best fitted gear to wear on such occasion. Go for it and I promise you will enjoy the view. Don’t forget to take pics.
Written March 30, 2024
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Shellsway
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Hato Caves was a cool experience. It is a short tour (35-45 min) but the guide was very informed about the formation and discovery of the caves. He also explained the formations found in the cave. If you like to see and learn about different things, its a great way to spend an hour.

Things to know before you go:

The tour starts with a walk up 49 steps. The guide does take it slow and allows time to rest at the top but if you have mobility issues, this may be something to think about.

It is HOT and HUMID in the caves. You will sweat for the entire tour, bring water. There is a small snack bar there where you can purchase water and other items

There is only one area where you are allowed to take photos and the guide will let you know when that is.

You have to go down the same 49 steps when you leave the caves and they are uneven in places.
Written March 25, 2024
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Maya
Land O Lakes, FL6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice but commercial cave with limited information/education during the tour. The bathrooms are free and there is a snack stand that accepts credit cards. In addition there is a small trail. Cost is about 35$ by taxi from the capital.

Pictures are only allowed in one place. Would recommend seeing other caves such as the fertility cave instead. However this is 5 mins from the airport. If you are looking for a short stop prior to going home this would be perfect!
Written March 24, 2024
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JamesPharm
Burlington, Canada406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We are a little more adventurous while on holidays and enjoyed our time in the cave. The tour guide was friendly. Keep in mind you have lots of stairs to climb and it was super hot and humid inside the cave.
Written March 19, 2024
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Pam S
Lethbridge, Canada49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very fun, or guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer all questions. The bats were cute, the caverns and history were very interesting. Despite the numerous fans inside, this is a hot and humid 45 minutes. The Indian Trail was also very interesting and was self guided. Lots of Iguanas around. A must see when in Curacao.
Written January 16, 2024
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LauraJW
Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The tour was about 45 minutes, it was a fun activity but the cave was not to big. The tour guide was very nice and did a great job telling us about the cave and the history of the island. Definitely a fun activity to do if you are looking for something different than the beach.
Written January 14, 2024
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mjswid
New York City, NY43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We did this on the first day of our Curaçao. It was really beautiful and the tour guide was great. It is easy to get to and they also allow you to take photographs which not all caves these days do.
Written January 5, 2024
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drMaryMac
New York City, NY18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very knowledgeable tour guide that gave history of the caves. He was funny and engaging. We learned about caves in general and were able to see some bats.
Written December 28, 2023
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