There are many caves in Bermuda, formed by the water travelling down the limestone to rejoin the ocean. Caves come in all sizes and shapes on the island but the Crystal Caves, on Hamilton Parish, are the largest and the most famous.
They were discovered on the property of the Wilkinson family by accident in 1905 when two boys who were looking for their cricket ball entered a hole in the ground and found the caves. The name was given after the crystal-clear water of the caves that allows you to see the cave floor perfectly, even at its deepest, 55 feet (17 meters) below the surface.
The first to explore the caves was the owner’s son who was lowered down by his father on a rope tied to a tree and equipped with a bicycle lamp. Today, the hole is still visible but the entrance is via a door carved on the rock and a flight of about 90 steps takes you down to the caves situated 120 feet (36 meters) below ground level.
While walking on a floating wooden pontoon across the Cahow Lake that covers most of the caves’ floor, you get to see the amazing formations of pristine white stalactites descending from the ceiling as well as those of stalagmites coming up from the bottom of the lake. You can also observe soda straws and helectite formations.
Visitors at Trip Advisor think it is:
“One of a Kind Experience – Can’t wait to go back!”, “One of my favorite things to do in Bermuda”, “Worth going to…the tour guides are awesome!!!”.
The guided tour gives you interesting details on the history and the geology of the caves, pointing to you formations that looks like famous landscapes or people, such as the Manhattan Skyline or Bob Marley.
Very close to the Crystal Caves, in fact just a quick walk through the park of the complex, are the Fantasy Caves, another natural jewel of Bermuda. These were discovered two years after the Crystal Caves and developed as show caves, but were then closed by the owners during the Second World War.
The Fantasy Caves were reopened in 2001 and feature calcite formations from top to bottom such as rare soda straw clusters chandeliers and walls covered in mineral deposits looking like frozen waterfalls. There is also a fossilised tree root visible at the roof of the caves.
The caves have been re-illuminated and the pathways rebuilt, but to give you an idea of how dark it is underground, the lights are switch for a few minutes during the visit. The visit for each cave is about 30 minutes but plan 75 minutes if you go and see both.
There are a gift shop and a restaurant on the caves ground, or you can stop by the Swizzle Inn on you way.
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