At Shete Boka National Park you will not find a calm azure blue sea and white sandy beaches like on the rest of Curaçao. But a more than 10 kilometers long rugged coastline where the waves constantly hit the rocks and thus formed various natural inlets. Especially if you want to do something different for a couple of hours besides lying on the beach and want to discover another part of Curaçao, this is definitely a must-do. Find here all the information you need for your visit to Shete Boka National Park.
Where is Shete Boka National Park?
Shete Boka National Park is located on the north side of Curaçao, 2.3 km north of the entrance of the Christoffel Park.
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What is Shete Boka National Park?
The Shete Boka National Park is a nature reserve of 200 hectares. In het park is clearly visible what the powerful water does to the northern coastline of Curaçao.
You can find about 10 inlets (bokas), where the water of the Caribbean Sea hits the coastline with great force. This not only causes enormous fountains of water, but also a beautiful and rugged coast that you will not find anywhere else on Curaçao. In addition, it is a protected area where no less than three species of sea turtles lay their eggs.
How do you get there?
The best way to travel to Shete Boka National Park is by rental car and is about 50 minutes drive from Willemstad. You can easily book a rental car through Rentalcars.com or if you are looking for an all-inclusive car rental, Sunny Cars is definitely recommended.
Public transport is available on the island, but these buses do not stop in front of / near the entrance of the park. Also the timetable of the buses is not always reliable.
How long do you need for a visit?
For a visit to Shete Boka National Park you need about 1-2 hours and depends on how long you keep watching at all the sights. Because you can visit the park in a relatively short time it is a nice activity to undertake after you have climbed the Christoffel mountain, in combination with a visit to the west coast of Curaçao or if you want to do something active besides lying on the beach.
Boka stands for inlet and the translation of Shete Boka National Park is actually “seven inlets”. In the national park you will find 4 bokas provided with specially built wooden viewing platforms, from where you can see what the power of the water does to the coastline: Boka Wandomi, Boka Tabla, Boka Kalki and Boka Pistol.
Parking places are available at all viewpoints and you can walk to the boka in a few minutes. Especially with the hot and burning Caribbean sun, it can be more comfortable to grab the car between the bokas. But this is not necessary. You can also choose to walk from boka to boka, along the marked trails.
Below you can find a map of Shete Boka National Park.
Located on the most right is Boka Pistol and the name may have betrayed it already a little. From a wooden viewing platform you see the sea water getting squeezed through a narrow passage, after which it is finally shot into the air with a huge speed and noise like a fountain. Boka Pistol is certainly the most spectacular attraction of the park.
On the left of Boka Pistol you will find Boka Kalki. From the parking lot you first walk through a mangrove forest, before you reach the beach of Boka Kalki after a few minutes of walking.
From a wooden viewing platform at Boka Tabla you look out on the waves that hit the rugged coast. You will also find a cave that is accessible from the land and in which you can view the power of the water at your own risk.
When it is low tide, you can crawl into the cave and see how the water comes back into the cave at high speed. Pay attention here that you stay at a safe distance for the water and watch out that you do not fall, because the rocks can be slippery.
Boka Wandomi is the most western located inlet. Here you will find a landscaped wooden viewing platform from which you can see a natural bridge, which over the years has been formed by the water that hits the rocks with an enormous force.
Do you want to combine Boka Wandomi with Boka Tabla? Then descend from Boka Tabla to the beach via the stairs (on which “Natural Bridge” is written) and then take the stairs again on the other side. From here you follow the marked trail and after a walk through a huge limestone terrace you reach Boka Wandomi.
In the park you can easily reach the bokas by car, but you can also take two walks on marked trails:
Boka Pistol Trail
The Boka Pistol trail is a hike of about 1 hour and takes you past Boka Kalki and Boka Pistol.
Boka Wandomi Trail
The Boka Wandomi trail is a second walk which you can do in the Shete Boka National Park and takes about 1 hour as well. On the way you walk through a limestone terrace towards Boka Wandomi, and then continue to Boka Tabla via the rugged north coast.
You can visit the national park on your own. A guide is not necessary and is also not available.
|Type of visitor||Entrance fee|
|Adults and children||Naf. 17,50 / € 8,50|
At the entrance it is also possible to buy a map of from Shete Boka National Park (Naf.1 / € 0.50).
Monday – Sunday: 09.00-16.00h (09.00 am – 04.00 pm).
No entrance after 16.00h (04.00 pm). If you do enter the park after 16.00h, this is at your own risk.
At the right behind the entrance of the park you will find a snack bar with a small terrace in the shade and brightly colored picnic tables, where you can buy various snacks and drinks. There are also toilets located next to the snack bar.
Accommodation near Shete Boka National Park
There are no options for staying in the Shete Boka National Park itself. But there are various accommodation to be found in the vicinity, such as in the nearby Westpunt (4.5 km) or Lagun.
Packing list Shete Boka National Park
- Drinking water
- Hat and/or a cap
- Sturdy shoes, sports shoes or for example Teva sandals with a good profile
- Cash (to pay the entrance fee and maybe for a snack/drink)
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