Hato Caves, Willemstad, Museum & Ship Lunch Break

CUR-115 | Curacao | See Special Notes

from $79.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Willemstad Willemstad
  • Fort Amsterdam Fort Amsterdam
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
  • Hato Caves Hato Caves

You will see:

Moderate

Excursion Length:
Approx. 7.25 hours

Tour Overview

What you will visit:
Hato Caves
Marvel at the imposing stalactites and stalagmites, which produce unusual shadows in the caves' eerie lighting. Within the caves, you will find unexpected crystal-clear pools and waterfalls that form in the limestone's depths. The caves are also a haven for a colony of rarely seen long-nose fruit bats. These caves were originally used as a hiding place for runaway slaves and prior to that as a shelter for island natives. It is possible to find cave drawings on the rock walls that date back over 1,000 years.

Willemstad
One of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean, Willemsted was selected in 1997 because of the city's dedication to the preservation of culture and its multicultural community that has grown over three centuries. The architecture and ambiance of Willemstad reflect influences from around the globe. Notable sights include the unique floating marketplace; Fort Amsterdam; and the Queen Emma floating bridge.

Old Labor House, "Kas di Pal'i Maishi" & Museum
Learn about life on Curaçao in the old days. Locals will show the traditional use of the abundant cactus plants as well as perform a short folkloric song and dance. You can try the typical island headwear, which will give you a great vacation picture. Also, your guide will demonstrate how to carry a bucket on your head, and if you like, you can try it yourself.

Boka Tabla
At this national park, the sea has carved a natural arch out of the volcanic coastline, and the powerful surf causes the waves to crash forcefully on the rock formations. The sight and sound of this natural phenomenon will take your breath away.
What you will see along the way:
Take in the colorful sights of Willemstad as well as the island's north countryside to see the area's stark landscape and dramatic salt marshes. Bright pink flamingos dot the monochromatic landscape, and small traditional villages can be seen. Enjoy the view over the Caribbean Sea at Playa Forti and lovely Knip Beach is a natural white-sand beach.

Photo Opportunity:
You might be lucky enough to capture a pink flamingo strutting its stuff along the salt lakes of Jan Kok. A photo stop includes the home of Jan Kok. Built in 1840, it is one of the oldest land houses in Curaçao.

Lunch:
Pause for a refreshing lunch on the ship.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

This tour is a combination of tours CUR-110 and CUR-370 and includes an hour-long stop at the ship for lunch. Tour sequence may vary. If the swing bridge is open, due to ship traffic, ferries are used to cross the harbor. It is warm in the caves. Wildlife sightings, while common, cannot be guaranteed.

Excursion Length:

Duration may vary

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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