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“Pirate cave”

Bodden Town Pirates' Caves
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Cayman Islands Eastern District Highlights Tour
Ranked #137 of 173 things to do in Grand Cayman
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pirate cave”
Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

The only reason I wanted to write a review of this place is to let people know that they do take donations of food/ toiletries/ clothes, whatever you might have bought on your trip that you won't be taking home with you, stuff you'd otherwise throw away or leave for the maid. It sounds as though they do some charity work for the community.
As far as the attraction goes, it's just "ok". The caves are interesting enough, although decorated in some tacky props. The animals... Eh don't know what to say. We killed an hour and a half here, so I guess I can't complain too much.

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English first
north west
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not for animal lovers or those who care about animal welfare!”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

I've just returned from a visit to Grand Cayman. Maybe the owner of this place should just stick to the caves and give the animals to a proper wildlife park/zoo. The animals (hardly 'exotic' by the way) are kept in tiny, rotting cages made of wood and rusty wire. The guinea pigs (2) had not been cleaned in a long time. Their coats were filthy as their droppings were so deep on the bottom of the cage, mingled with old food that they had to wade through it. Similarly the agoutis (what animal lover would stick 3 agoutis in a filthy, tiny cage with no hiding place - shy animals as they are, no leaves in which to burrow etc). I've read the earlier positive reports on tripadvisor and just to update those that defend the place - well that horse you raved about? savaged beyond saving by a dog that got into the place. What a terrible end. As an animal lover myself I believe that there is a duty of care needed by those who claim to do it 'for the love of animals'. Wake up and smell the coffee! And the reviewer that said that the animal smell was natural? 'fraid not! this was the strongest stench of ammonia coming from stale animal pee that I'd ever smelt in my life! If you don't know how to look after them/can't afford to look after them then don't do it. One of the reviewers mentioned a dog with a crushed leg....well there's a fantastic dog shelter on Cayman - they would have certainly taken it in! So no need for heroic stuff needed believe me.This may seem harsh but its the truth.

The other animals consisted of mainly chickens (which roam around free in Grand Cayman anyway), a snake (saw 3 on the roads in the evening),a pig and some parrots.

This place has had its day (if it ever had one at all). I note that the last few reports have also been fairly negative. Oh and by the way - I asked who owned the place and was told by the guy showing us around that it was a local family. This guy had the same name as the one named as the owner in the earlier reviews on this site!! Very odd indeed! And very telling!

Visited October 2012
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“This place needs funding or closing”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

The lack of funds was obvious and depressing. The few creatures were miserable wallowing in their own crap. The agoutis, shy and nocturnal by nature had a tiny cage and nowhere to hide for example and filth and food vyed for space in most cages. Not a h great experience so let's hope the animals are farmed out to a better environment like the excellent botanical gardens.

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355 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Not even the guy working there wants to be there”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

What a rip-off! The mini zoo is a collection of tiny cages and animals that race to the food trough hoping you've brought them something. The nature walk weaves 20' away from the main path with a few plants labeled. The cave is tackily decorated in fake pirate remains and treasures. The only free animals were the bats in the cave. It was hot and humid both above & below ground. It was almost apologetically that the employee put the parrot on our shoulder for a photo opportunity and asked us 'was it okay?' as we left. Skip it!

Visited September 2012
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Waste of time and money!”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

While we were advised not to go here we took it upon ourselves to check it out anyway. The people running this were very nice and hospitable (mind you have yet to meet someone not hospitable on the island) our tour began by a 9 year old boy. Going Down into the caves was ok and neat however it's mainly staged cheap Halloween decorations. Saw a few bats and nursing bats was about the highlight of this adventure. Was kept being asked if we want to crawl on the ground and go further into the caves. Which is probably nice however without proper gear and clothing not a good choice. After our 5 min tour we walked around the oversized backyard and looked at all the kept animals. "Exotic birds" roosters haha the most exotic birds were inside the main building and cages looked old and rusty. Not the best animal care givers here. Wouldn't go back even if it was free. Later that night I saw a tv ad for this place and wondered how amazing the ad was compared to the dive it really is.

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