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Cayman Crystal Caves

69 Northside Road | Old Man Bay, Northside, Grand Cayman
+1 345-949-2283
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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69 Northside Road | Old Man Bay, Northside, Grand Cayman
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+1 345-949-2283
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"our tour guide"
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"underground lake"
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"stalactites and stalagmites"
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"fruit bats"
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"cave system"
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"local flora and fauna"
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"wear sneakers"
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"grew up"
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"bat cave"
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"bring water"
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"trees and plants"
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"open to the public"
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"walking shoes"
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"natural beauty"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our guide Donovan was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The caves were absolutely beautiful, from the plants to the wildlife. We especially enjoyed his knowledge on the natural healing of the plants. Everyone should take this trip when visiting the Caymans

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For sure this this activity at Cayman ranks at the top with Sting Ray city as a must do. I feel we really lucked out with our tour guide. He explored these caves since child hood and really went above and beyond on providing us...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Robert was a Great Guide! Funny, knowledgeable, And entertaining. He made the tour so fun and doable in the extremely hot and humid caves. So Much work and effort to restore caves , they are A must see and so incredible! Gorgeous crystal caves, especially...More

Thank Richard D
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really loved the caves but Syd our tour guide crossed to line on his raunchy comments and describing stuff did not need the nasty sexual comments with my wife and 2 teen girls We left the tour before the last cave thanks to that

Thank A H
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Such a shame that the beautiful caves were ruined by an awful tour guide. There is absolutely no reason to describe the caves features with sexual undertones. My girls are teenagers and the were extremely uncomfortable. And it didn’t stop in the caves, I learned...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Crystal caves was beautiful and exceeded my expectations. Robert was a fun and funny knowledgeable guide who made the tour a memorable event.

Thank Cheryl b
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are grateful for the exceptional and superb service by SYD, our official tour guide. He was funny, informative and excited to teach us about the cave. What a wonderful Caymanian.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the cave with some friends as part of an excursion to stingray city and starfish point. Our group size while exploring the caves was 6 people which was awesome. They provide bug spray which was nice. The caves are pretty cool but it...More

1  Thank Alex S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been on this tour twice this year - I live here and took my daughter when she visited and then my best friend a couple months later. The first time we had Donovan as our guide and he was FANTASTIC! He talked and answered...More

Thank Kelley S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Almost decided not to do the caves but am glad we did. Go to the from office to buy tickets. You can buy them on the way into star fish point or rum point, they are timed. $40us. They take you in a really old...More

Thank Beth421970
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Pedro V
June 15, 2018|
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Response from Michelle J | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea, but it is quite a distance. You might check and see if there is a tour from the ship.
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JPInDaHaus
June 12, 2018|
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Response from botts49 | Reviewed this property |
You want a guide. They take you through the forest and describe what flora was used by old caymanians for health and utility. Really interesting. Aldo give history of caves. Self guided isn’t permitted.
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AshleyConnecticut
May 19, 2018|
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Response from Crissy B | Reviewed this property |
Not really. Or at least, not wheelchair accessible. A lot of the tour is on dirt ground, over roots and rocks. You could probably maneuver a stroller well enough, but I think a wheelchair would just be too heavy to have... More
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