Caves are eerie and mysterious. Nature never fails to leave us awestruck with its wonders, and caves are undoubtedly one of its most magnificent creations. No one really knows how many caves there are in the world, but the ones that are known call to even the most timid. If you have never visited a cave, the time is now. Let’s take a look!
The Blue Grotto is the emblem of Capri. It is a sea cave found on the coast of the island and is a well-known spot to all who visit the area. An interplay of sunlight, sea water and two holes in the cave create a magical blue hue that will leave you spellbound as you enter in a tiny rowing boat.
The Cave of the Crystals in Mexico, discovered in 2000, contains the largest natural selenite crystals ever found. The biggest crystal found here was 12 meters in length and 4 meters in diameter!
Then there are Marble Caves in the Patagonia region of Chile. The caves are known for three swirling blue rock formations that reflect the vibrant blue waters of Lake General Carrera. Waves crashing into solid calcium carbonate for 6,000 years is what created Chile’s incredible marble caves.
Discovered in 1960, the Krubera Cave in Georgia, is one of the deepest-known cave on Earth, with a depth of over 2196 meters. Krubera cave is also known as the Voronja Cave, which means “cave of the crows” in Russian.
The world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong in Vietnam is so big it’s even got its own localised climate, and it has clouds. If you’re lucky enough to explore, you’ll find the longest stalactites in the world and limestone cave pearls, too.
Seeing the northern lights in Norway is a bucket list item for many people, but anyone looking to be dazzled by nature shouldn’t miss the Blue Ice Cave as well. Surrounded by ice and snow, the cave is located underneath the Nigardsbreen glacier. The cave has naturally sculpted walls made out of ice that glow in different shades of blue.
Be first in line to view the world’s longest underground river and navigate through a fascinating blend of bat habitat and amazing geology in the Puerto Princesa Caves, Philippines. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entrance to this cave is a short hike from a nearby town.
Škocjan Cave is home to some of the most significant underground phenomena both in the Karst region and Slovenia, earning it a spot as a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. International scientific circles consider it to be one of the most important natural treasures on the planet mainly because it is the the largest underground canyons known worldwide.
Belize may be known mainly for its marine life. But, did you know it is home to Barton Creek Cave? The cave is nearly 5 miles long and includes artifacts from ancient Mayan history, including Maya ceramics and calcified skeletons.
Saving the best for the last, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are one of the most dazzling natural wonders in New Zealand. The ceilings of the caves get their illuminating glow from glowworms, tiny radiant creatures that live there. Glowworms are actually the larvae stage of an insect called the fungus gnat. These insects naturally excrete an enzyme that gives off a blue-green light.