Caves - Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
Crystal Caves is a great place to visit in the heat of the afternoon. The history of the caves began in the early 1900's when some boys discovered it while playing. Once inside you'll see clear water and delicate rock formations. The line was long, but moved steadily. The cost was inexpensive at $6 for adults and $3 for a child 4-12.
A guide escorted us through the caves, but try to get in front of the line if possible. We were at the back and could not hear what he was saying. There is a nice gift shop--our grandchild used souvenir money to buy lots of polished rocks. That's logical!
The Crystal Caves are comprised of two separate pre-historic caverns with underground pools of water from the ocean via an underground network of passageways. The Crystal Cave is observed by walking on floating pontoons over a 55 foot deep underground lake while the adjacent (but not connected) Fantasy Caves are observed from a winding concrete walkway.
The caverns were discovered by two young boys in 1905 and include hundreds of limestone formations from walls, floors and ceilings and the pools of seawater are crystal clear. The interior cool temperatures are a nice break from the heat outside the caves.
There are guided-only tours, and the narration about the caves' history and formations is quite interesting. A special treat is when the guide turns off all the lights and you can "feel" the darkness.
NOTE: Both caves require walking up and down dozens (80 or so) , steep, concrete stairs that are sometimes narrow and wet.
Café Ole and a gift shop (several unique Bermuda-made items) are on premise also.
The caves are Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last tour at 4:30 p.m. and open 7 days a week except for winter holidays. Admission is $15 to one cave and $21 for both caves
I've been to so many caves all around the world but I have to say we really enjoyed our visit to the Crystal Caves.
It's easy to get there as the bus stops right in front and for $15.00 it's well worth the visit.
There are an easy 83 steps up and down ( feels like less).
They are so beautiful ....snowy white and reflect in the clear 55 feet deep lwater below .What you're looking at are magnificent crystal stalactites and stalagmites .Formations on the bottom are clearly visible.
There's a footpath bridge over so the whole affect is quite stunning.
There is a second cave as well called Fantasy Cave and if you combine the two caves you get a discounted price of $22.00.
Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, last tour is at 4:30pm
bermuda is full of caves. The most popular one seemed to be Crystal Caves, but there are many smaller caves throughout the island.
Crystal Caves is a a touristy spot, there is an admission fee of about $12, wich covers a small guided tour. The caves are beautiful, and the water inside is amazing. Its so crystal clear, it looks like its only a few feet deep but its actually about 50 feet deep at the deepest point!
if you dont want to spend the money, there are also other free caves in the island, which are just as good.
Our hotel (grotto bay) had 2 caves on its premises, which were much smaller then the crystal caves, but just as beautiful. The water inside the hotel caves was a greenish clear color, and we saw a few small fish swimming by.
Definitely make a stop in at least one cave while you're down there!
This was a short thing, but it was a cool little neat thing to see. Its amazing how the water looks so much more shallow but its really like 55 ft. you would never ever guess that from looking at it. One of those things that you should see when u visit.
CRYSTAL AND FANTASY CAVES : We also visited one cave from the Crystal Caves, named Fantasy Cave, because Crystal Cave was in renovation. The difference between these caves is not their composition : they are the same. However, one is untouched by man (Fantasy). It means that only what falls naturally is taken out. As a result, the stalactites are bigger and spectacular. It was beautiful! Unfortunately, I though, since the name of the principal cave is Crystal Cave, to see crystal, but we were explained that the name is not from the content of the caves, but because of the color of the interior lake. There was also an interior lake in Fantasy Cave.
The Crystal Caves was discovered in 1907 by two boys playing ball. When the ball went down a hole they went in after it and were surprised by the sight that is now open to all. The Caves are 120 feet underground and filled with stalagmites and stalactites. Well worth the time if you are in Bermuda.
There are many cave networks in Bermuda, many undiscovered. These are probably the best cave tours. The interesting difference here is that some of the caverns are water filled (like lakes).
Bermuda has one of the highest concentrations of limestone Caves in the world. Most of the cave-making activity began during the Pleistocene Ice Age.