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Explore Crystal Cave, Bermuda’s Subterranean World

Crystal Cave Bermuda

Bermuda is a beautiful place. You can walk along the pink sand beaches, dip your toes into the turquoise waters, and witness some of the most vibrant sunsets imaginable. Did you know that as you appreciate these sensational scenes, you could be standing above an underground cavern? One of the most spectacular and most easily accessible caves in Bermuda is the popular Crystal Cave.

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Below the surface, there is a whole other world waiting to be explored. In fact, there are hundreds of caves and passageways in Bermuda; the country has one of the largest concentrations of limestone caverns in the world. In traditional Bermudian style, let’s enter the pastel pink building and through the gate to discover this amazing natural landmark.

Pastel pink building and gate into one of the most popular Bermuda caves
Do not touch any of the formations as they are very fragile parts of nature.

It is very important that people do not touch the formations in the cave. Once the stalactites and stalagmites come into contact with our hands, the natural oils in our skin can cause the cave formations to die. As they grow at the slow rate of approximately one inch per hundred years, it is extremely important that we do not disrupt this process.

Descending into Crystal Cave in Bermuda

Exploring Crystal Cave Bermuda

As we entered the cave in a single file line along with our tour group, we slowly walked down many steps, descending 200 feet below the surface. Our tour guide shared information about the history of the cave with us. It was discovered in 1905 by two teenage boys who were chasing their cricket ball that fell into a hole in the ground. As they searched for their ball, the boys found that this hole was the entrance to an impressive underground cavern. In 1907, the property owners opened Crystal Cave for public viewing.

Stalactites, crystallized soda straws, and unique chandelier clusters
Amazing cave formations in Bermuda
Amazing cave formations in Bermuda

The accessibility of the cave nowadays has vastly improved since its early discovery. Not only is there a main staircase leading down into the cave, but there is a bridge that extends across an underground lake. Visitors are able to examine the white cave formations up close while peering down into the clear blue water. The cave is fully illuminated, making it much easier to admire the million-year old creations (and take photos!).

Exploring These Fascinating Caves

Exploring Crystal Caves and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda

On our tour to the Crystal Caves, we marveled at thousands of incredible rock formations in all shapes and sizes. There are lengthy stalactites, crystallized soda straws, and unique chandelier clusters unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed. As we walked across the wooden boardwalk that extends the length of the cave, we gazed across the vibrant azure waters. The deep blue waters are brilliant in their own right, but the fascinating rock formations reflect at its surface of the water as though they’ve doubled in number.

Azure waters of Bermuda caves
Reflections at Crystal Caves Bermuda
Justin Plus Lauren at Crystal Caves Bermuda
Justin Plus Lauren at Crystal Caves Bermuda

You might feel a droplet of water hit your head now and again from the cave ceiling. No worries, it’s good luck to be hit by one! We learned so much valuable information about the caves from our tour guide. However, we had plenty of free time to explore these marvelous scenes at our own pace, too.

Crystal Caves Bermuda - Bermuda attractions
Crystal Caves Bermuda - Places to see in Bermuda

While there are hundreds of caves in Bermuda, you should consider a visit to Crystal Cave. It is one of the most well-lit caves I’ve ever visited, with some of the most appealing stalactites. There is a second cave right beside Crystal Cave called Fantasy Cave. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to visit the Fantasy Cave, but you can purchase a combined ticket for both caves. If we had the time, we would have definitely checked it out as well as we were thoroughly impressed by the Crystal Cave.

Crystal Caves Bermuda - Places to see in Bermuda
Crystal Caves Bermuda - Places to see in Bermuda

And it seems like a trip to any spot in Bermuda wouldn’t be complete without running into a cat! This friendly kitty roamed around the property of Crystal Caves freely, both outdoors and inside the gift shop. Of course, the cat didn’t venture down into the caves themselves and was quite content staying above the surface.

Friendly cat at Crystal Caves and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda
Friendly cat at Crystal Caves and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda

Getting There

Crystal and Fantasy Caves are easily accessible by the Bermuda public transit system. Several buses travel right past the caves – we took the city bus to get there. It was about a 25 minute bus ride from the Hamilton bus terminal. Further details, including pricing and hours of operation are available at the Crystal Cave website. You don’t want to miss taking a Bermuda Crystal Caves tour as it was certainly a highlight of our visit to this gorgeous island.

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Rutavi Mehta

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

Hey Justin & Lauren,

It was breath taking for me to see through your pictures. Indian passport lets us use very few countries for visa work. Also being located in extreme travelling to such destination is such a dream.. But you guys post lovely information about Bermuda and I only new the story of Bermuda triangle :) Hope to see you in India soon !

Samantha

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

Holy crap that cave is stunning! On another note, Lauren your dress is adorable!

antonette - we12travel

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

Wow very impressive. I always love exploring caves because they are all different from each other, no matter where you are. Sounds definitely like a great add on to a Bermuda trip!

Jenna

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

This looks so cool! I love caves, and this one looks great. I will have to add it to our list--hope we can make it there one day!

Katie @WorldWideVegetarian.com

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

This cave looks AWESOME! I would love to visit a place like this and see all the details inside. It looks so bright and open, I have never seen a cave like this. Very cool, if I am in Bermuda, I will check it out. Katie

Lauren

Thursday 27th of November 2014

We are lucky because the cave was very well lit, and they added that awesome platform that made it easy to navigate over the water. You definitely have to go to Bermuda first of all, and yes you should check it out! We definitely fell in love with Bermuda...

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