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Cayman Crystal Caves
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Guided Tour of Cayman Crystal Caves
Ranked #11 of 181 things to do in Grand Cayman
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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 3 May 2018

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was very entertaining and grew up nearby so he was very knowledgable. He spent the time telling us about the plants on the walk up to the caves and did not rush us if we wanted to take pics and took some for us. Make sure to bring water and a hat because it was hot walking to the caves and humid inside.

Sue S. Canada

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Loved the tour and informative by Rudy the guide. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see the formations formed slowly

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

This is a newer attraction for the area. So glad we checked out out. Syd was our tour guide. He was fun and informative. He didn't rush us at all. Told us a lot about not only the caves, but the wildlife and vegetation too.

Thank Cyndi H
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We spent some time there and Sid was our tour guide. The caves are relatively new, but Sid seemed to have a lot of information about them. One of the caves had a water portion. It was absolutely amazing to see in person. It was very "Indiana jones-ish." Be prepared to feel damp while you're there. Even though you're underground, it's steamy in the caves. Wear comfy shoes (although I did have flip flops on and did just fine). Bring water. This is not handicap accessible as this is a walking tour that lasts about 90 minutes.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Loved our tour with Robert, an articulate and well informed guide. We had an herbalist in the group asking questions and Robert gave us all kinds of information about the local plant life. Outstanding limestone formations and different from other spelunking trips I've been on for several reasons that I won't list spoilers here. :) Suggestions for a great visit include booking your trip several days before you want to visit (the website was having challenges, but they respond via email or phone calls during business hours, just remember everyone is on island time - there is no instant response anywhere on this island). Book early in the day (these caves get hot and humid!!) And if you want a personable, funny tour guide, ask for Robert. He is not just a smile generator, but his tour patter combined with quick witted responses had us belly laughing done in the caves... and that can be a challenge when patrons are hot and sweating!

Thank SojournerJean
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