Middle Caicos Cave Safari
Duration: Half Day
Located close to the Bahamas in the northern Caribbean region, the islands of the Turks and Caicos are uniquely diverse and equally beautiful. There are approximately 40 islands in total, but only eight are inhabited. Each island has its own charm, offering a different experience for visitors to enjoy, so they are all worth exploring. This tour will reveal some of the highlights of Middle Caicos, the largest island in the Turks and Caicos, which is steeped in history and renowned for its natural beauty.
Covering 48 square miles, Middle Caicos may be the largest of all the Turks and Caicos Islands, but its population is less than 300. One of the biggest attractions for visitors to this island is its abundance of natural wonders, making it a paradise for true explorers. Aside from beautiful sandy beaches and dramatic coastline, you will stumble across nature trails, lush green vegetation, beautiful wildlife, breathtaking cliffs, underground salt lakes, spectacular limestone caves and so much more.
There are three settlements on Middle Caicos − Conch Bar, Bambarra and Lorimers. After a general introduction to the island, this tour will lead you on an exciting cave safari to Conch Bar, where you will walk in the footsteps of the original island settlers, the Lucayan Indians. Middle Caicos hosts the largest cave network in the Bahamas archipelago, the most extraordinary of which can be found at Conch Bar on the northern coast. Your local guide will escort you by flashlight around these beautiful caverns, explaining the different cave systems as they dip and wind extensively. The caves were once the home of the Lucayan Indians, so you will also learn about the fascinating history behind these early dwellers and their life on the island.
The caves were formed by an erosion of limestone, and they are easily accessible. Inside you will see typical cave characteristics such as stalactites and stalagmites, as well as petroglyphs on the walls from Indian dwellers and salt lakes which flow into the sea. The salt lakes and caves are collectively known as the Conch Bar Cave System. The caverns also provide a home and breeding habitat for several species of bats, and owls are often spotted here too.
One of the most significant caves is Indian Cave, which has a dramatic, dome-shaped ceiling with large skylights. Many Lucayan artifacts have been found in these caves and evidence of Lucayan sites on Middle Caicos dates back to the early 1400s. It is believed that this intriguing cave network was used as either as a shelter from hurricanes or a sacred place of worship.
This exciting trip will take you back in time during your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, on a voyage of beauty, discovery and exploration.
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