Cayman Crystal Caves

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Cayman Crystal Caves
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Cayman Crystal Caves is a fascinating nature attraction located in Northside, Grand Cayman, and Cayman's newest tourist attraction. When you visit Cayman Crystal Caves, you will be escorted with a knowledgeable Tour Guide, and join us on an adventure exploration of "Cayman Down Under". You will venture into amazing caves where you'll see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and otherworldly formations, formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Tour through the unique rainforest nature, under which the caves formed. Amongst the forest and caves is plenty of plant and animal life including strangler fig trees, air plants, parrots, and bats.... History Cayman Crystal Caves have formed over millions of years. Fossilized shells and animal life in the caves show us that at one time, the mass now containing the caves was all located under the sea. Over time, as sea levels changed and land began to rise, rooms began to form through water erosion, making caves. Within these rooms spectacular stalagmite and stalagtite crystal structures began to form, as rain water dripping through the limestone ceiling of the caves left calcium deposits behind. The caves are still today continuing to evolve. The process of stalagmite and stalagtite formation occurs as rain water becomes slightly acidic when it first travels through surrounding plants, earth and other organic matter. This acidic water disolves part of the limestone as it seeps through the earth, and re-deposits microscopic calcium layers, as the water drips from the cave celings. Over time these deposits collectively form the crystal structures. Hundreds of years ago, Pirates used these caves as hideouts, and also as shelters from the elements, including hurricanes. As the Cayman Islands became populated, locals used the surrounding lush lands as farmlands, and mined the caves for rich fertilizer produced by bat guana, as some of the caves are inhabited by bats. In the last half century farming stopped, as the population switched to more lucrative jobs within the tourism and financial sectors. In the early 1990s, Christian and Ole Sorensen undertook an in depth search and exploration of all caves in the Cayman Islands, and began talks with the Cayman Islands government on developing a cave attraction based on the experience from the family's development of the very successful Harrison's caves in Barbados. After a few years, it was realized that the crystal caves of Old Man Bay were extremely unique and stood above any other caves in the Cayman Islands, and for that matter, most of the world. It took almost another two decades to purchase the various parcels which encompasses the caves and surrounding rain forest, as well as devise a route to the landlocked site from the main road. In the last few years of planning the attraction, Ergun Berksoy and the Berksoy family, who have vast experience in the tourism sector, joined the Sorensen family in this venture and together they have seen Cayman's newest and very exciting tourist attraction to completion.
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austraveller
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Beautiful crystal formations
Jun 2021
A very interesting and worthwhile excursion. The guide was very informative and fun. If you are coming from sevenmile beach, I would recommend combining it with a visit to Tukka restaurant on the way around.
Written 20 June 2021
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The Foodie Cayman
Cayman Islands71 contributions
A must see
Oct 2020
This is an amazing experience, you need to see the caves to believe the beauty. Its mesmerizing and feels amazing.
Written 7 January 2021
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trvllr2000
Grand Cayman10 contributions
Beautiful
Jan 2020
We loved our trip here.
The guide was lovely and the caves were surprisingly beautiful (I can honestly say I didn't have super high expectations). They were stunning. A fun day trip that may be a bit far if you are just visiting for a cruise (but could be still worth it) an absolute must if you live on island.
Written 13 July 2020
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judi l
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Grand cayman crystal caves
Jan 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed the magic of the caves. An earthquake cut short our 1st tour so we came back for a second. Donovan has such knowledge of the caves from his childhood experiences.a visit I will never forget. Thanks.
Written 14 April 2020
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folkenb
Gainesville Florida322 contributions
See the caves
Mar 2020
This is only about a 90 minute tour. It allows you to see a part of the island that is very different from the rest. The caves are beautiful and the guide does a great job of describing how they were found and dug out. Highly recommend it.
Written 30 March 2020
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Veronica C
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Great Tour!
Mar 2020 • Couples
Rudy was a fantastic guide. We had so much fun. Definitely a must if you want to enjoy a couple of hours on land. If it’s a hot day, choose early or late in the day. They supply bug spray, but it does have deet in it. I chose not to use it and I was ok. They also have a gift shop and a bar for after your tour. 😉
Written 26 March 2020
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dsazimm
Loveland, OH300 contributions
Worth the trip
Mar 2020
When exploring the island, this little tourist attraction is worth the stop. They are planning expansions. We saw frogs, lizards and bats. Took lots of pictures and the guide was very informative. Not quite the same as the caves in the states but still very cool.
Written 24 March 2020
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Tim K
Winnipeg, Canada22 contributions
Otherworldly!
Mar 2020 • Couples
Four of us rented a car and drove from seven mile beach to the north side of the island. We stopped at Crystal Caves on the way to Rum Point and had to book a tour for three hours later, which worked out well. The website says all tours must be booked in advance but you can drive up and buy your ticket, go to Rum Point, Starfish Point, and then back for your tour (about $68 US for two people). Our tour guide was Hector. He was spunky, funny, interesting, knowledgeable, and super passionate about the caves and the history. There are 105 known caves and the tour visits 3 of them. Stalactites and stalagmites are everywhere, and Hector highlights what the shapes look like with funny anecdotes. He is so appreciative of the natural beauty of the caves, the mineral content, plants, surrounding rock landscape, and the preservation of it all. He pointed out several lizards and blue iguana babies, and taught us about the bats living in the caves. What a beautiful, ethereal place, and a once in a lifetime place to visit. The Lake Cave is breathtaking. Thank you, Hector!
Written 23 March 2020
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO292 contributions
Caves on Grand Cayman....crazy!
Feb 2020
The highest point of elevation on the island is about 65 feet above sea level so the fact that these caves exist is just interesting. A should out to our guide Robert who made the experience more interesting and fun. This isn't a long tour. It's not a ton of walking, the walking is easy and it's a nice break from beach time for a few hours with driving. There are only a few caves to go through but it is so interesting. We've been through caves in the Rocky Mountains, lava tubes in Hawaii and these which are all interesting but very different. These caves are not deep and there are several areas where light is coming through the ceiling and there are tree roots from above hanging in the caves. It's also interesting to hear about the history. The Caribbean earthquake was about a week or so before we came here and a couple of sizable stalactites had broken and fallen off in one of the caves so we were actually able to hold and touch it. I was shocked at how heavy this was. Overall an interesting tour and a nice change from everything else.
Written 15 March 2020
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Dan Miles
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Mr. Syd is an excellent tour guide!
Mar 2020
The Crystal Caves experience was incredible! The caves are amazing and awesome, but Mr. Syd, our guide, absolutely Made! this adventure. He has first hand knowledge of the caves as a child and was on the crew that excavated them out carefully so we could enjoy them today! He entertained us and was very patient with our little one Hunter! Hunter still asks about Mr. Syd, and we are looking forward to being able to travel back to the caves again one day.....Thanks Mr. Syd!!!!
Written 15 March 2020
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