Your tour will begin with a drive to the salt plains and flamingo park with a chance to see the beautiful pink flamingos.
Continue to the Hato caves for a guided tour inside. These caves had a utilitarian purpose during the early days of the slave trade in Curacao; escaped slaves used them as hiding places, and lived in them for months at a time. Even before the arrival of Europeans and slaves, the Amerindian Arawaks used them for shelter, and left behind cave drawings, or petroglyphs, estimated at 1,500 years old. Guides will take you through the caves. They'll point out the apocryphal and fanciful stories behind some of the stalactites and stalagmites; in the eerie lighting, some take on shapes and are called the Pirate's Head, the Sea Tortoise, and the Giant of Jack and the Beanstalk fame.
After your time in the caves you will have approximately 3 hours for swimming and relaxing at a gorgeous beach highly recommended for snorkeling and diving. Almost all Curacao beaches are scattered along the sheltered and calm southwestern coast, where the waters are smooth and crystal clear.
Upon returning back to the pier area you will be provided a city tour in the shopping area of Punda. The World Heritage City of Willemstad - Punda, was established in the mid-1600s. Willemstad's covey of structures recall the quaint designs of Amsterdam, with exquisite 17th and 18th century Dutch colonial buildings not to be found anywhere else outside of the Netherlands.
We were quite disappointed with the lack of organization of the tour company. We had to wait almost an hour for the tour to begin as they tried to sell the tour to unregistered passengers as they got off the boat. That was annoying. The tour itself was good. The caves were interesting and the beach was lovely but very crowded, as it was a Sunday. I reported our displeasure to Shore Excursions upon our return as I felt that this particular tour on this day, at least, was not up to the quality of their tours in the past, and they were outstandingly responsive to our concerns and compensated us accordingly.
Reviewer: Tamila Higley
Really enjoyed the excursion. Lots of steps at the caves, but worth it. They even added a quick stop at the Curacao distillery. Very nice beach. Our guide was great!
Tour guide was both entertaining and informative. The caves are quite cool and we loved the snorkeling at the beach!
This tour had a bit of everything. The air-conditioned shuttle took us around the island, and the host was very informative about the island's history. We then enjoyed the caves. Next, we stopped at the beach for about two hours. It would have been better if lounge chairs were included and the stay at the beach could have been a bit longer. Finally, you had the option of being dropped off to shop and walk a short distance back to the ship. Overall, it was a good excursion but would have liked more time at each place.
Reviewer: wes northup
We had 2 very nice ladies as our guides--they did an awesome job--was one of the BEST tours we have every taken!! Caves were great!!