shete boka national park
Waves pounding against coral rock formations
Hear the shooting sound of the waves
pounding into the inlet
The natural bridge and limestone
buffs will amaze you
See huge waves thunder into
an underground cavern
Sometimes you'll see Sea Turtles
lay their eggs
enjoy the beautiful rough north side of the island
The Shete Boka National Park is an area adjoining the Christoffel Park covering almost 10 kilometers of the rocky wave-exposed north coast of the island. The park has approximately 10 pocket bays where 3 species of sea turtles are known to lay eggs. A detailed map of the pocket bays is available for purchase at the entrance of the park.
Click here for the digital map
The park begins at Boka Tabla, where huge waves thunder into an underground cavern. Steps cut into the rocks lead you directly into the mouth of the cavern; you can sit on the very edge and watch the surf roll in. After you peek inside the cavern you can walk along the limestone bluffs above for a spectacular view of Curacaos rugged north coast. The inlets in the park are protected turtle breeding areas.
Sea Turtle Conservation
The Shete Boka national park was established in 1994 to protect important nesting areas for sea turtles. Sea turtles are known to return to their place of birth to lay eggs again, indicating the importance to protect the beaches of the Shete Boka national park.
Throughout the nesting season of sea turtles, running approximately from May to December, researchers of the Carmabi foundation monitor the Shete Boka beaches for signs of nesting sea turtle activity. The research that is conducted by Carmabi is vital to understand the behavior of the sea turtles nesting at the Shete Boka national park.
Occasionally it is possible to join us during our special activities or guided tours.
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