Harrison Caves - Barbados Treasures
Duration: Half Day
Barbados is renowned for its outstanding natural treasures, which incorporate paradise white-sand beaches, crystal clear azure waters, lush valleys, gardens, mountains and much more besides, but one of the island’s most spectacular geological features is Harrison’s Cave. This tour will reveal the majesty of this unique attraction as you travel through the cave on an electric tram. Prepare yourself for many unexpected delights on the way.
Located in the middle of the island in St. Thomas Parish, Harrison’s Cave is named after Thomas Harrison, who owned much of the land in the area during the early 1700s. Although several expeditions ventured into Harrison’s Cave during the 18th and 19th centuries, access was difficult so the cave remained largely unexplored until 1970. Your knowledgeable tour guides will reveal the history of Harrison’s Cave during your journey, and how this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon was created.
Listed as one of the “Seven Wonder of Barbados”, this extensive limestone cave system is famous for its amazing stalactites and stalagmites, which have formed over thousands of years from the calcium-rich waters that run through the caves. Stalactites hang from the roof of the cave whilst stalagmites rise from the ground, but in some places they meet to form spectacular solid pillars. The different colours, shapes and sizes are incredible.
To help preserve this unique subterranean environment, visitors travel through the cave tunnels via an electric tram, although you can disembark on the way to view these spectacular wonders up close and take photos. No touching is allowed, however, because the natural oils from human skin can slow or even stop the formation of these unique structures.
The main highlight of the trip is the vast, cathedral-like cavern named “The Great Hall", which measures over 50 feet in height and is covered with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. Photos are permitted but it will be difficult to truly capture its beauty. The tram then stops at "The Village", where you can see incredible formations that have joined together to create magnificent columns over time.
During the ride you will also see beautiful underwater lakes, a 40ft waterfall and crystal clear streams and pools. Listening to nothing but the rushing of the water through the caves heightens the senses and enhances this magical experience. Just watch out for drips from the walls and ceilings! This incredible journey deep beneath the earth is definitely one experience not to miss during your holiday in Barbados.
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