Cayman Crystal Caves

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Cayman Crystal Caves
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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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Jenn H
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Family
Such a wonderful tour!

There were only 1 negative in my mind. We couldn't book online. Since we decided against paying for an international cell plan, we drove over before they opened to book it morning-of and the tour we wanted was already full. No biggie as the house we rented was literally around the corner.

The rest is nothing but good! Our guide Chaquira was lovely. She was knowledgeable and funny. She showed us all the cool stuff and graciously humored even the most obnoxious people in our group. Bug spray was offered at the stop points for those that didn't bring their own. The caves are awe inspiring and each one offers a little something different to see. My favorite were the bats. I could watch them for hours! The underground lake was also really cool.

They let those of us with cars follow the tour bus from the main road and park right at the entrance to the walk. They told us that they're building a zip line today will go over 1 mile and they're working on excavating a new cave!

The tour ended at the gift shop, and we got to speak a bit with the lady there. She was wonderful!

All in all, a great experience that I highly recommend!
Written August 4, 2022
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Momofglutenfree
Shelbyville, KY51 contributions
Family
We traveled by rental car to the caves for our tour. You must call in advance to make the reservation and they take a card over the phone to hold the reservation. When we arrived, I filled out a waiver for our family and we drove to the entrance. We were greeted by a quick introduction to the caves then drove our vehicle to the starting point for the tour. Our guide was very watchful of our group and gave us lots of information about the area. Once inside the caves, we were pretty much free to roam. The guide encouraged my teenage son to crawl into some spaces to see things the rest of us couldn’t. We traveled with 3 adults over 65, 2 adults 43 and one 13 year old boy. The walking trails and caves were easy for all of us to navigate. Be warned, this is hot even inside the caves. In Kentucky we are accustomed to cold cave systems and no real bug issues. These caves are hot and there are lots of bugs. Use bug spray, sunscreen and bring water. If you don’t mind sweating this is a very cool experience.
Written July 16, 2022
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Danielle S
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Family
We booked the 9 am tour for July 1 and we were told to arrive at 8:45 wearing closed toe shoes and to bring bug spray and water. We had our two children ages 8 and 10 with us. They did provide bug spray on site also but the bugs were not bad for us on this day. Entry was easy and once we arrived Archie detailed some history of the land including some of his descendants and how they fabricated building material from the islands natural resources. It was truly an interesting introduction to the caves. We took a 5 minute van ride to the Caves with our tour guide Shakira. We happened to be the only ones on the tour which was rather lovely (upon our departure there were about 15 people waiting for the next tour). Shakira shared many facts about the local plants as we walked along the trails. Then, we traversed three caves with Shakira sharing all the history and future of the caves with us. She was gracious and kind even taking family photos for us. She pointed out many interesting formations and answered all our questions. They plan to open more caves to the public as their attraction is growing which they also plan to have ATV rides and a zip line in the future. We were allowed time at the end in the gift shop and the woman running it was so very friendly and genuinely interested in our family and our travels. This was a wonderful excursion for us as we were not staying too far from the caves and their natural beauty is amazing. We were pleased to visit this site in its early years and look forward to watching it grow into an adventure destination on the island. We will visit again as it was a highlight of our vacation!
Written July 9, 2022
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Donna C
Bahama, NC8 contributions
Family
We went in 2017 and it was great. 5 star. This time the tour group was too big and the guide only spoke the the first 5-10 people in the group. So if you were at the back you didn’t hear anything. Several folks asked her to wait and to gather people score she spoke but she never did that. The caves were still amazing and worth the visit.
Written July 12, 2022
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Connecticut
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My family of four did the tour. We enjoyed a fairly short introduction of the history, which included information about the seven original families of Grand Cayman. A descendant of one of those families was the person speaking to us, which was pretty cool. They offered bug spray, which was nice, although we had our own. We then hopped in a van for a quick (5 minute?) ride to the forest and caves. There was an option to follow in your own car, but we were glad we chose to ride because we learned about our surroundings on the way. The caves and forest are intertwined -- you walk through the forest, then enter a cave, walk through more forest, then enter a different cave, etc. Each cave is unique. One has a lake, they each have different types of stalactite and stalagmite formations, and some have plants from the forest hanging down into them, not to mention one that has bats flying and hanging. It seemed the group was speeding through the tour. We tended to hang back in order to satisfy our curiosity and were able to notice the less obvious, such as pretty bugs, a very big caterpillar (longer than any of my fingers), air plants, etc. Take time to look around because there's a lot hiding in the forest. I'd recommend this activity. They people there are nice (our guide offered to take family pictures more than once), and the forest and caves are interesting.
Written June 29, 2022
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MissBibimbap
Provo, UT53 contributions
Family
The Caves just re-opened Apr 7, 2022–so glad we were able to visit during our stay! You need a reservation, tours currently run every hour from 9a to 4p, and we booked directly with the office. Our guides, Chisholm and another gentleman, taught us about all the natural botanicals as we walked through the path. The caves themselves are so unique and worth making the trip! Got to see a few fruit bats too! The path is easy, our 3yo was just fine, but recommend wearing tennis shoes! They provided water, bug spray, and flashlights. There is a small gift store and restrooms along the way. A fun experience for couples, families, anyone! And support a local, family-run business while visiting Grand Cayman!
Written April 8, 2022
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Sarao197
London, UK3 contributions
Fantastic and well worth it! Amazing place and Patrick's knowledge was outstanding. You could see how passionate he was about the place and he also made it fun and memorable. Definitely recommend for a trip. It is also close to a couple of restaurants so can add it onto a day trip to the East end.
Written April 18, 2022
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Pieolicious
Montreal, Canada93 contributions
40$ US per person to visit the "crystal" caves plus a "tropical forest" tour. If you are thinking that you will see glorious crystals you are sadly mistaken. You will have the guide hold up his cell phone, flashlight on and wave it slowly on the cave wall where you will see some glitter.....

Tropical tour is a 10 minute thing showing plants and trees...
Written March 10, 2020
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Donny Strong
Murrysville, PA6 contributions
Couples
Patrick(I'm pretty sure) gave us the history of the caves and the island, very informative and interesting.
Sean Luc(or Jean Luc) was our guide and he was awesome. Let us walk around at our own pace, very knowledgeable and fun. Bats in the caves were super cool, some were scared tho...
Took about 90 minutes I think. Do this tour, it's great.
One thing I did notice in the Caymans is the people running the tours are really good at their jobs and seem to really be in to it. They actually seem to have fun guiding the tours. Cayman Kind is a real thing.
Written July 9, 2022
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atxhusker
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I love caves so we stopped after doing a hike on the Mastic Trail. The caves are pretty cool. We saw 3 but they should be opening 2 more later this year. There are walking trails between the caves, so you'll be outside a good bit and the caves aren't as cool temperature-wise as some other caves I've been in. The trails between the caves have labeled plants, which was pretty cool. It's a bit more commercial than a preservation operation.

They're definitely still growing, so there are some things I hope they get figured out. They should probably shuttle people to their "base camp/treehouse area" while they wait for the tours rather than have them wait in the parking lot by the entrance. There are only bathrooms in the parking lot but the camp has food/drinks/souvenirs and bathrooms. When we got to the treehouse area, we had to wait for other people on the tour to get snacks, etc. before we could even start. It would have been nice to start the tour right away instead of waiting for other people. Plus, if people were forced to wait there, they'd probably spend more money.

Additionally, the guides need to get a bit better at herding cats. I know it can be difficult, but I've definitely been on tours where the guides were on a schedule and made sure to move people along if they were dawdling. We had a couple people that almost got left in the first cave because they were taking numerous posed selfies and not paying attention to anyone else. It's not the guides' fault that people are selfish, but they could be a bit more forceful in making people stick together and move on. The guides were very nice, though, so they probably didn't want to be forceful.
Written June 9, 2022
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