Shete Boka National park was established in 1994. It’s a protected area adjoining Chirstoffelpark covering around 2,800 hectares (28 km2). Shete Boka Park covers 470 hectares (4.7 km2) of the island’s rocky wave-exposed north coast. It contains coastal limestone terraces and inland hills supporting evergreen woodland, coastal lagoons with seagrass beds and mangroves, and dry deciduous shrubland on volcanic soils.
The area consists pocket beaches ‘’Boka’’ and is an important nesting site for turtles. There are 3 different species of sea turtles that are known to lay eggs in the area. The Loggerhead, Green Turtle and Hawksbill. The area of Shete Boka is besides the turtles a popular site to see and experience the true and raw force of the north coast of Curaçao.
The park begins at stunning 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 Curaçao’s rugged north coast.
A dirt road, accessible by jeep, leads from Boka Tabla across the desolate north coast to six smaller inlets: Boka Wandomi, Boka Kortalein, Boka Plate, Boka Mansalina, Boka Djegu and Dos Boka.
For hikers and nature lovers there are two hiking trails namely:
1) Boka Pistol Trail: which includes a 1 hour walk leading through Boka Brown where sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, Boka Pistol where huge waves burst into the sky with gunfire like explosions and panoramic overviews from the flat limestone hills.
2) Boka Wandomi Trail; which is a 1 hour walk along rolling lava hills down to Boka Wandomi and the limestone bluffs to a natural bridge. A short walk along the rugged north coast will bring you back to Boka Tabla.
Additionally, the parks organize special activities, including deer watching, animal presentations, cave excursions, guided park tours and occasional full moon walks.
The park is open every day of the week from 09.00 –17.00. Entrance to the park costs NAF. 10 per person or USD5.50 and maps are also available at the entrance. Locals have a special entrance fee of NAF. 3 per person. To apply for this fee it is required to show a valid ID (Sedula).