City, Caves and Beach
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.
Reviewer: Christina Silva
Our entire family went on this excursion. We enjoyed it very much. Our guide, Penny, was excellent. She was very informed and personable. The tour of city was very informative. The caves were great. The beach was crowded but still nice.
Reviewer: Kaitlin Beaulieu
This excursion was so much fun. Tour guide brought us threw all parts of the island which had awesome views, then stopped at the caves. The caves had a lot of climbing and had tight areas. But overall it was a great experience. The beach they brought us to was beautiful. They also have shops and restaurants there. You get to the beach too late in the day so the beach was overpacked with little seating available.
Reviewer: Kari Roubik
Wonderful tour!! Great tour guide and driver also. I would highly recommend this tour. It is also a great value!
This tour was a highlight of our cruise! Penny was absolutely amazing and full of information about Curacao. She is so passionate and proud of her island and you can definitely tell. She gave an amazing tour and we even stopped at the distillery as a special surprise. She took us through the distillery and even helped out the staff that was handing out the free samples to keep the line moving quick. We arrived right on time for everything and had a great time at the beach to end the day off! Thank you Penny for making our experience in Curacao informative and fun!!!
Reviewer: Frank Rubinate
Very enjoyable. Caves were great. Very knowledgeable guide.