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Shete Boka National Park
Shete Boka National Park

Shete Boka National Park

Open daily 9am - 5pm
Weg Naar Westpunt, Boca Tabla

The basics

Shete Boka National Park begins at Boka Tabla, where waves wash into an undersea cavern. Find a sheltered nook at the cavern entrance for a bird’s-eye view of the crashing sea. Some guided Jeep tours stop at Boka Tabla and Boka Pistol, an inlet where the waves crash into the coast, creating a noise like a gunshot, hence the name. Visitors can watch from a lookout point or get wet by facing the waves.

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Shete Boka National Park and Playa Lagun Snorkel Adventure in Curacao
Shete Boka National Park and Playa Lagun Snorkel Adventure in Curacao
star-4.5
$101.54 per adult
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Great excursion/adventure!
Our tour guide, Long, did a wonderful job in Curaçao. We explored beaches, desert areas, the national park, had time for a lunch, and he was friendly to all. We saw a big portion of the island and he shared some interesting facts about it. Thank you, Long!
Cathy_G, Apr 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Curacao

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Beautiful desert scenery,...
Barry_S, Mar 2022
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
Beautiful desert scenery, well explained, well organized, friendly guide, good use of yime.. Very happy I booked this.
star-5
Great trip!
Cor_R, Feb 2022
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
Guide Ariël made the trip unique with a lot of humor and factual knowledge. although we have been to this island before, we have really seen and heard a lot of news. especially very nice. compliments to the guide Ariël!!!
star-5
Beautiful nature tour with an excellent guide!
Lynn_D, Feb 2022
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
This was a small tour (one other couple and our guide), which allowed us a lot of interaction with our knowledgeable guide, Ariel. He showed us numerous plants and animals, often stopping so that we could get a closer look. He also talked with us about various geological formations in the area. He took us to the Boka Tabla Cave, where we saw a couple of bats! He also took us to see and listen to the Book Pistol - where the water shoots up into the air as it funnels into the rocks. (See photo). The ride in the back of a covered open air vehicle allowed the wind to keep us cool and comfortable. Ariel is an outstanding guide who shared lots of information in an interesting and sometimes humorous way.
star-5
Curaçao leaves you with a smile
Shavonne_G, Aug 2021
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
Our tour guy was Elmer which ironically we found out he studied in NY. (Where my significant and I are from) Upon meeting us at the hotel, he was so welcoming and nice. The tour of curaçao was so knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed it and recommend you ask for Elmer.
star-5
Sand to Sea
Larry_A, Mar 2020
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
It’s a great tour and our driver was great. Desert 🌵 caves and blow spout and the pistol were terrific. Bumpy ride but not bad
star-4
Good tour
David_V, Mar 2020
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
The tour guide did a terrific job of showing interesting areas of the island. The ride was a little bumpy but I knew that. My only regret was the tour ended up being 4.5 hours. A little too long. Also, better information on the meeting place would have helped as well.
star-5
Curacao Highlights!
Cindy_M, Feb 2020
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
Excellent tour! Our ship was late in arriving but the tour was adjusted so we could still see all the highlights!
star-5
Long was the best!!
Judithgarden, Feb 2020
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
The tour was great!! We saw a lot of the island in one day. Long was very accommodating and helpful. He ensured we were safe at all times including during snorkeling with the turtles. He went beyond any tour guide I have had before or after. Thanks Long!!
star-5
Everything you would need to know!
Michael_S, Dec 2019
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
At first we wondered why we weren't in an open air jeep. But Elmer explained why and now we know why you trust the locals! It was so much nicer in the jeep he had as it would have been so much hotter in an open air jeep. Elmer took us to all the great places, allowed us time to see everything and was super knowledgable! Breath of Curacao was the highlight for sure!
star-5
Great way to see the outskirts of Curacao
Illiniruss, Jan 2020
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
A fantastic way to see the northwest part of Curacao and everything west of Willemstad. Alan is a very knowledgeable and well-traveled tour guide who provided great insight to the history and culture of Curacao and the surrounding Caribbean islands. I am super happy I booked this excursion to get outside of the port and into a natural part/national park here. We had a full group of 8 guests but felt very much like a personal tour. I understand the slightly negative reviews of this being an open jeep tour, but I enjoyed it very much. A slight rain shower during hour 1 was no big deal, and the continuous bumpiness while off-roading atleast half of the tour was as expected. Should be noted, this 4 hour tour ended up with a bonus 90 minutes making this a 5 1/2 hour excursion. Nobody seemed to mind as no one had another tour in the early afternoon. There were no breaks for atleast the first 2 hours while traveling outside of the town, into the rural part where the caves are before finally getting to the national park. My highlight was Boka Pistol, an ocean water spectacle. The last stops were a great location to see a bunch of flamingos, and a view over Salina Sint Marie next to Sint Willibrordus. Alan did a fantastic job giving everyone an opportunity to see the most during their visit on any given day. This would have been a fine time to ask to be dropped off at Blue Bay Beach to spend the afternoon there since it was on the way back and the ship didn't depart until 1130pm, then take a taxi back to port, but I reluctantly didn't do so. A great tour to see the island the 1st time here, highly recommended.
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Things to know before you go

  • Wear sneakers or closed-toe shoes like hiking boots with a firm grip because the terrain is uneven and the coral cliffs can be sharp.
  • The area does not offer much shade, so be sure to bring water and wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • The Boka Pistol trail winds through Boka Brown where sea turtles lay their eggs; the Boka Wandomi trail goes along rolling lava hills to Boka Wandomi, leading to a natural bridge.
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How to get there

Shete Boka National Park runs along the coast from Christoffel National Park, on the northern tip of Curacao. It’s 40 minutes north of Willemstad in Banda Bou by car. Buses run to Christoffel National Park from the Otrabanda bus station in Willemstad. Guided tours usually include round-trip transportation from hotels or the port.

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When to get there

Arrive at the park early to avoid the afternoon sun. Overall, the best time to visit Curacao is between the months of May and November. That’s when other Caribbean islands usually get hit with hurricanes, but Curacao isn’t typically affected by them. You can expect the biggest crowds during the winter months.

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Christoffel National Park

Shete Boka National Park adjoins Christoffel National Park, which also boasts hiking trails leading up the mountain. If you plan to tackle both parks on the same day, start with the hike up Christoffel Mountain early in the morning; visitors are not allowed to begin the mountain climb after 10am because of the heat.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Shete Boka National Park?
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