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“Jaw-droppingly vast. A must see” 5 of 5 stars
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Skocjan Caves
Skocjan 2, Divaca, Slovenia
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Owner description: Skocjan Caves Regional Park is situated in the heart of Classical Karst where explorers for the first time ever started to discover and explore the karst phenomena. The most beautiful part of the Park is undoubtedly a set of eleven caves, colapsed dolines, ponors and natural bridges known as the Skocjan Caves. They are the most important underground phenomena of the Karst and on the opinion of international experts one of the most beautiful pearls on Earth. Therefore are since 1986 listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List and are the only Slovenian site on the list as natural heritage. Caves are also on the Ramsar Convention list (1999) as the first underground wetland and in Unesco's Man and Biosphere (MAB) (2004) research programm. In the Park you can visit famous Skocjan Caves, Mahorcic and Marinic cave with Mala dolina, museum collections (Karst collection, biological, geological, archeological and ethnological collections) or follow the marked Educational trail.
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“Jaw-droppingly vast. A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Has to be seen to be believed. Photographs don't do justice to the scale of this absolutely vast network of caves and their beauty.
"Wow" was a much over-used word during the walk around.
We visited in early September and the crowds described by some reviewers must have dwindled somewhat. I would say there was a maximum of 80 people in our tour group for English and Slovenian speakers. Wear shoes with decent grip as it's quite a walk, with lots of steps and some wet surfaces. I didn't find it especially cold, a jumper and trousers is fine.
You must go!

Visited September 2012
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“Worth visiting it, but be prepared for hiking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We heard about Slovenian spectacular caves and made a pitstop to visit this one. It is really beautiful and worth paying the price (about 11 euros for students) to see it. There are 3 tours available, we took the Classic one, which includes all the amazing areas you see in the photos.

Be prepared for hiking! It's not tiring, but it can get really slippery inside, so no flip-flops! I was wearing a pair of Converse shoes (we didn't know about the recommended clothing) and I almost fell down on a slippery stair. Plus, it's quite cold inside (around 12 degrees Celsius), so wear something to keep you warm.

You are not allowed to take photos inside, however do take your camera with you (I didn't, unfortunately), because you'll be permitted to take a few captures at the end of it and on the road back to the top. Choose the road by foot, not the funicular. It's tiring (plenty of stairs to climb here), but the views are breathtaking!

You can find a restaurant at the entrance. A bit pricey, but the food is great!

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“Very Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Visited these caves in preference to Postojona and was not disappointed. The tour whuch took about an hour and a half left on the hour. We walked to the cave entrance where we were then split in to language groups. Our group of about 30 was English and German (the other Italian and Slovenian). The caves were very interesting showing a large number of stalactites/stalagmites and colours caused by different minerals. At one point you walk over a bridge over an underground river with a 30m drop. The guide was very good and the pace was not too rushed with plenty of time for questions. As the caves are large the group did not seem too big. Photography is not allowed as light leads to algae growth and the guide was strict on this. There is an optional extension to the tour which follows on directly at the end. I recommend you take the lift back up as it is steep. Points to be aware of -the cave is perfectly accessible for the averagely fit but there are quite a lot of steps so would not suit anyone with walking issues. Also one of the caves contains bats so although they didn't come particualrly close would not suit anyone with a phobia of these. Plenty of free parking/toilets and a shop selling souvenirs/snacks. As noted before the caves are about 12C all year round so wear long sleeves as well as shoes/trainers for walking.

Visited August 2012
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“Worth visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We explored the caves on our own by choosing an option without the guide. We did it because guided tours start only at some certain time (11:00, 12:00 etc) and we didn't have enough time to wait for that for 45 minutes. I believe that guided tours are even better than what we saw (because you can explore the underground river and some areas that are accessible only with a guide) but we were still satisfied with what we saw. Caves and surroundings are really beautiful! It's good to wear good shoes because it's not an easy walk. You have a bit of climbing, stairs up and down and etc. Nothing really tiring but flipflops are definitely not appropriate for that.

Visited August 2012
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“Desperately overcrowded tour of a magnificent cave.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Perhaps visiting these extraordinary caves, the most spectacular we have seen on four continents, guarantees problems with crowds but this was really crazy.
At the entrance several hundred people were divided at the entrance into tour groups in Slovenian, German, and English. We had over 150 people in our group, many of whom straggled, and eventually the tour leader gave up waiting for people to assemble at points of interest and began his commentary with a small fraction able to hear him. He was unmiked, despite the size of the crowd, so we had little chance for success in hearing him clearly anyway. Even though we were very interested in the commentary, we gave up trying to hear him and just followed the mob.
The caves are magnificent, and the only consolation in this flawed "non-tour" was that we may have been able to see parts of the caves to which we would not be admitted without a guide.
The guide was not the problem - his equipment and the assignment of too few guides are problems the organizers have chosen not to address. Tourists need to demand smaller tour groups.

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