Crystal Caves Bermuda
With its dramatic formations of stalactites and stalagmites which are crystal-like pointed structures naturally formed out of limestone rocks, the view of the sight is just awesome.
There is a lake called the Cahow Lake within the caves complex that has crystal clear water.
You can walk over a pontoon bridge that goes across the lake. The lake has a depth of 17 meters (55 feet).
As you walk over the bridge and look up, you will see stalactites dripping from the ceiling. If you look down through the perfectly clear water, you see stalagmites rising from the cave floor.
Crystal caves Bermuda
Crystal cave was discovered in 1905 when two young boys were attempting to retrieve a lost ball. They saw the ball dropping into a large hole. As one of them went deeper and deeper into the hole to fetch the ball, he realized that it wasn't an ordinary hole. It was leading to some wondrous cave.
The owner of the property Mr. Wilkinson was immediately informed. He then used a rope and lowered his 14-year old son through the hole. At a depth of about 120-ft and using a bicycle lamp, his son for the first time saw the wonder of the caves.
The hole through which the boys entered is still visible. But you don’t need to now squeeze yourself through the hole to enter the Crystal Caves. A separate entrance has been created.
Fantasy Caves Bermuda
Close to the Crystal Caves is the Fantasy Caves located within the same complex and is one of Bermuda’s natural wonders. This was initially opened as a show cave in 1914 and was closed down during the World War-II. It was later re-opened to the public.
You can see the rare chandelier like cluster of soda straw formations at the ceilings. Entire walls are covered with calcite mineral deposits that look like frozen waterfalls. It takes about 30 minutes to see one cave and 75 minutes if you plan to cover both Crystal and Fantasy caves.
You can take a guided tour in the caves complex. The guides are quite knowledgeable and will give you lots of information about the caves, its history and the formations.
Here is a Map of Crystal Caves complex. This will help you understand how the caves complex is laid out.
There is a small gift shop at the Crystal Caves location called Fiddlestix. It sells small souvenirs and gifts. There is also a nice cafe called Cafe Olé having shaded tables and a menu of light meals, snacks, beverages and daily specials.
For lunch you can also go for Bermuda's oldest and famous pub Swizzle Inn which is located close by in the same area, although they serve mainly pub fares during lunch time.
Updates July 2011: There is one side of the Crystal Caves which the tourists never get to see. Far below the waters and under the boardwalk, there is a spectacular amphitheater that has been discovered by an elite set of divers very recently (see the picture below). The divers have found two giant pillars under the water and also a giant manta ray which is a rare sight in Bermuda's waters. They have also identified a deep cut on the reef face some 370 feet blow the water surface indicating where the sea level was some thousands of years back during Ice age.
Crystal Caves Underwater
Photo by Jill Heinerth, a diver.
Both Crystal caves and Fantasy caves are open daily from 9am - 5pm. Last combination guided tour is at 4:30pm. The guided tour takes place every 20 minutes.
$22 for each cave for adults, $10 for children between 5-12, under 5 free. Combination ticket to both Crystal and Fantasy Caves is $30 for adults, and $12 for children between 5-12. Reservation is not required. Credit cards are accepted.
Location and Contacts
8, Crystal Caves Road, off Wilkinson Avenue
Bailey's Bay, Hamilton Parish, Bermuda.
Check out Bermuda Tourist Map to view the location of the place.
Phone (Crystal Caves Information Center): 441/293-0640; Email: email@example.com
Bus Routes: #1, 3, 10, 11
1) Check out Bermuda Caves to know about the other great caves in Bermuda.
2) Check out Bermuda Sightseeing for the top places to visit in Bermuda
3) Check out Hamilton Parish to know about other great attractions in the parish.
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