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Cayman Crystal Caves
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US$40.00*
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Guided Tour of Cayman Crystal Caves
Ranked #11 of 180 things to do in Grand Cayman
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

An amazing tour that is enhanced by the tour guides personal experiences in the caves as a kid. Currently only 3 of the caves are open to the public but they are truly beautiful. We definitely recommend this as a morning excursion. It gets hot in the caves.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve been there with a group of friends and we had such nice moments! The place is amazing, we took so many nice pictures and guide is amazing. Road is quite longer but worth it.

Thank Marina M
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

My husband and I did this tour one morning. We have been to Harrison Caves in Barbados, and the Cayman one is in the beginning phase compared to Harrison. The tour was good, and the gentleman that was our guide really took his time and we were not rushed. We enjoyed it.

Thank JaniceandBrian
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We had fun viewing the caves- they take you to three caves. It takes about 1.5 hours. We had a very nice and knowledgeable guide who really tried to make sure everyone took lots of pictures and had a good time. We were glad we went.

Thank mnguru1
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Our guide, Robert, was great and it was a fun experience. The three caves we visited were all different. We’re glad we took the time to visit a different part of the island!

Thank SNedved
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