50 of the World's Amazing Caves and Caverns ...

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You don’t have to be a spelunker to enjoy caves and caverns. Cave systems around the world are fascinating tourist attractions. We can be awed by their size or their amazing geological formations and features. Come with me on a tour of some of the world’s amazing caves and caverns.

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Emerald Cave, Black Canyon, Arizona

Emerald Cave, Black Canyon, Arizona Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
Emerald Cave is one of the most popular caves on the Colorado River.

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Nestled in the heart of Black Canyon, the Emerald Cave is famed for its remarkable water that sparkles with an ethereal green glow when sunlight hits it just right. This magical effect is best witnessed in the mid to late afternoon, making it an enthralling experience for kayakers who often paddle their way through the Colorado River’s serene waters to reach this hidden gem. The cave’s unique coloration is thanks to the sunlight reflecting off the high mineral content in the water, turning the simple act of exploration into a mesmerizing journey.

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Khao Luang Caves, Phetchaburi, Thailand

Khao Luang Caves, Phetchaburi, Thailand Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
A complex of three caves housing numerous Buddha images and pagodas.

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Gyokusendo Cave, Okinawa, Japan

Gyokusendo Cave, Okinawa, Japan Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
A cave of gorgeous mystical pools. The second longest cave system in Japan.

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Alabaster Caverns State Park, Oklahoma, USA

Alabaster Caverns State Park, Oklahoma, USA Via Alabaster Caverns State Park
Home to the largest gypsum cave in the world.

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This majestic natural wonder extends over 200 acres and offers an array of striking alabaster formations. Within this enchanting underground landscape, visitors can embark on guided tours to explore the impressive caverns replete with room-sized spaces, delicate features, and otherworldly beauty. Varieties of bats make this their home, adding to the park’s ecological significance. In addition to spelunking, the park above ground offers hiking trails and picnic areas, allowing adventurers to enjoy both the subterranean marvels and the scenic beauty of the Oklahoma plains.

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Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska, USA

Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska, USA Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
The ice caves are inside the Mendenhall Glacier, part of the Juneau Ice Field.

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These enchanting caverns are a surreal world of blue ice and frozen serenity, providing an otherworldly experience for those fortunate enough to visit. Each chamber of the glacier reveals a unique pattern of light and shadow, as sunlight filters through the ice, painting a mosaic of iridescent hues. Visitors can embark on guided tours to safely navigate the slippery terrain and witness the dynamic beauty of the ice formations. The journey to the caves is an adventure in itself, often entailing a kayak trip and a hike, but the reward is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle of nature's artistry.

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Crystal Cave, Svínafellsjökull, Iceland

Crystal Cave, Svínafellsjökull, Iceland Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
Another wonderful example of a glacial cave.

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The Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

The Son Doong Cave, Vietnam Via Into the depths of the ...
The biggest cave in the world - it is over 5.5 miles long and tall enough to fit a 40 storey skyscraper. It also has some amazing nature, such as tropical jungle.

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Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, UK

Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, UK Via Merlin's Cave
The cave sits underneath the ruins of Tintagel Castle. Alfred Lord Tennyson made Merlin's Cave famous in his poem "Idylls of the King," describing waves bringing the infant King Arthur to the shore and Merlin carrying him to safety.

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Fingal's Cave, Staffa, UK

Fingal's Cave, Staffa, UK Via Fingal's Cave by Sergey Simanovsky
Another British cave that has inspired artists. Known as the melodious cave because of the "music" created by the acoustics, it inspired Mendelssohn to compose The Hebrides overture. It has also been visited and used by Jules Verne, Wordsworth, Tennyson and JMW Turner.

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Cenote, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Cenote, Quintana Roo, Mexico Via Cenote Choo-Ha, Quintana Roo, Mexico ...
The word “Cenote” is pronounced "say-no-tay" and is derived from the Mayan word “Dzonot,” which means sacred well.

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Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, revealing a subterranean world of groundwater pools. The ancient Mayans used cenotes for freshwater supplies, as well as for sacrificial offerings. Quintana Roo boasts some of the most beautiful cenotes, each with crystal-clear waters and an otherworldly ambiance. When you visit a cenote, you're not just taking a dip in a pool; you're plunging into history, mystery, and the serene embrace of nature's hidden aqua gems.

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Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA

Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA Via Luray Caverns
Home to the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the world’s largest musical instrument. This most unique, one-of-a-kind instrument uses stalactites covering 3 1/2 acres of the surrounding caverns to produce tones of symphonic quality when electronically tapped by rubber-tipped mallets.

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Crystal Cave, Bermuda

Crystal Cave, Bermuda Via Crystal Caves
The cave was discovered in 1905 by Carl Gibbons and Edgar Hollis, two 12 year-old boys searching for a lost cricket ball.

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Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA Via Mammoth Cave National Park
Aptly named as it is the longest cave system in the world.

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Mammoth Cave National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts over 400 miles of explored passageways, with plenty still undiscovered. This subterranean wonder features vast chamber rooms and complex labyrinths. Visitors can embark on various tours, ranging from easy walks to challenging spelunking adventures. The cave’s rich history is dotted with stories of prehistoric miners, intrepid explorers, and even secret tuberculosis hospitals. Whether you're an avid adventurer or simply enjoy a serene walk, Mammoth Cave holds an allure that captivates the heart of any explorer looking to uncover the secrets hidden beneath the Earth's surface.

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Marble Caves, Chile

Marble Caves, Chile Via Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile | ...
These stunning caves sit in the middle of General Carrera Lake/Lake Buenos Aires in Chile/Argentina.

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The mesmerizing Marble Caves are a natural wonder you simply must see to believe. Formed by over 6,000 years of waves washing against calcium carbonate, the swirling blue patterns offer an ethereal beauty that reflects the lake’s azure waters. Accessed by boat, these sculpted caves invite photographers and nature enthusiasts to revel in the play of light and reflection. The best time to visit is between September and February, when the sun is positioned to enhance the intensity and hue of the marble, creating a magical dance of colors that captivate the soul.

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Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China

Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China Via China's amazing rainbow cave: Multi-coloured ...
The cave is 180 million years old. It has been a tourist attraction since ancient times, as testified by ink writings that date back to the 8th century.

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Ellison's Cave, Georgia, USA

Ellison's Cave, Georgia, USA Via Extreme Caves Pictures - National ...
Part of Pigeon Mountain, the cave is 1063 feet high.

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Cave of the Crystals, Naica, Mexico

Cave of the Crystals, Naica, Mexico Via Cave of the Crystals
The selenite crystals are among the biggest ever found.

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Devetashka Cave, Devetaki, Bulgaria

Devetashka Cave, Devetaki, Bulgaria Via It's a beautiful world
The huge karst cave is home to 30,000 bats.

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The Cave, Lagoa, Portugal

The Cave, Lagoa, Portugal Via ON SALE Aztec Southwestern Tribal ...
Some caves are such a part of the natural landscape they don't get named.

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Krubera Cave, Abkhazia

Krubera Cave, Abkhazia Via Krubera Cave Article, Cave Exploration ...
At 5,610 feet, Krubera is the deepest cave on Earth.

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Sea Caves, Taiwan

Sea Caves, Taiwan Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
Sea caves always reflect such amazing colors.

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The Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy

The Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy Via Travelust.org
Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The cave extends some 50 meters into the cliff at the surface, and is about 150 meters deep, with a sandy bottom

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Explorers are often mesmerized by the vibrancy of the water, which takes on an ethereal glow thanks to the natural light phenomenon. Accessible only by water, visitors can take a rowboat ride with a skilled local guide who navigates its narrow entrance. Once inside, the serene atmosphere and the sound of lapping waves against the rocky walls provide a tranquil and otherworldly experience. While photography inside the Blue Grotto is challenging due to the low light, the memories of the shimmering azure waters remain vivid long after the visit. The best time to witness this enchanting spectacle is on a sunny day around midday, when the sun is perfectly positioned to cast its magical light.

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Melissani Cave, Kefalonia Greece

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia Greece Via polopixel.com
In Greek Mythology, Melissani was the cave of the nymphs. The cave features a lake that is surrounded with trees and forests.

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Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia Via 3 Hours of Unspoilt Wilderness ...
Sea caves are a big feature of the Bruny Island coastline.

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Poço Encantado, CHAPADA Diamantina, Brazil

Poço Encantado, CHAPADA Diamantina, Brazil Via Explore Traveler | Travel and ...
The flooded cave's name (enchanted pool) owes itself to the magical visual effect created by the direct incidence of the sun's rays on the crystal clear water

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Mermaid's Cave, Antrim, Ireland

Mermaid's Cave, Antrim, Ireland Via United Kingdom
The cave sits below Dunluce Castle. This grotto suggests that Dunluce was a model for Cair Paravel in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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SAWA-i-Lau Caves, Fiji

SAWA-i-Lau Caves, Fiji Via 10 Exciting Facts About Fiji
Sawa-i-Lau is unusual as it is the only non-volcanic island of Fiji. The caverns and grottoes have carvings, paintings and inscriptions.

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Blue Caves, Zakynthos, Greece

Blue Caves, Zakynthos, Greece Via Amazing Online Magazine
As if the island isn't beautiful enough anyway.

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Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand

Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.

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Cave of the Winds, Colorado, USA

Cave of the Winds, Colorado, USA Via Manitou Springs, Colorado: cliff dwellings, ...
The speleothems (rock formations) in the Cave of the Winds are very delicate.

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Zlot Caves, Serbia

Zlot Caves, Serbia Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
Absolutely gorgeous. The "rooms" of the two caves are romantically named and include the Gothic Cathedral Hall and The Temple of Venus.

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The Zlot Caves in Serbia are a stunning natural wonder. Located in the municipality of Sjenica, the two caves are part of the Prokletije mountain range and were discovered in the late 19th century. The caves are home to a variety of unique geological formations, including stalactites, stalagmites and columns. The two caves, named Zlot and Kranjska, are connected by a passage and feature a total of four chambers, including the Gothic Cathedral Hall and the Temple of Venus. The caves are also home to a variety of wildlife, including bats, salamanders, and several species of birds. Visitors to the Zlot Caves can take guided tours of the caves and learn more about their fascinating history and geological features.

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Grotte Di Frasassi, Marche, Italy

Grotte Di Frasassi, Marche, Italy Via Grotte di Frasassi (Marche, Italy): ...
The caves are well known for their incredible collection of stalactites and stalagmites.

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Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia

Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia Via Pool of Reflections
The waters are known as the Pools of Reflection.

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Actun Tunichil MUKNAL SAN Ignacio, Belize

Actun Tunichil MUKNAL SAN Ignacio, Belize Via The Crystal Maiden of the ...
ATM is a notable Mayan archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas of skeletal remains with the best-known being "The Crystal Maiden," the skeleton of a teenage girl, possibly a sacrifice victim, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance.

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Miner's Castle Cave, Munising, USA

Miner's Castle Cave, Munising, USA Via All sizes | Miners Castle ...
Found on Michigan's National Lakeshore.

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Blue Ice Cave, Antarctica

Blue Ice Cave, Antarctica Via History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, ...
Only 99.9% of us will ever see sights like this in a photograph.

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Batu Caves, SELANGOR, Malaysia

Batu Caves, SELANGOR, Malaysia Via In Absolute Awe of the ...
The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. It is the focal point of Malaysia's Hindu festival of Thaipusam.

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WAIAHUAKUA , Hawaii, USA

WAIAHUAKUA , Hawaii, USA Via Fabulous Traveling
Waterfall in a cave - Mother Nature's double whammy.

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Trollkirka, Molde, Norway

Trollkirka, Molde, Norway Via travel.nationalgeographic.com
The name translates to Troll Church - but that's no ordinary church.

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Ice Cave, Vatnajökull Ice Cap, Iceland

Ice Cave, Vatnajökull Ice Cap, Iceland Via Ice cave exploring, Vatnajökull Ice ...
Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap in Europe, around 3,100 Km³.

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Church Bay Cave, Bermuda

Church Bay Cave, Bermuda Via Church Bay Cave
Simply beautiful.

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Škocjan Caves, Trieste, Slovenia

Škocjan Caves, Trieste, Slovenia Via Škocjan Caves, Slovenia
You'll have to channel your inner Indiana Jones to cross that bridge.

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Piusa Sand Caves, Estonia

Piusa Sand Caves, Estonia Via Piusa Sand Caves
The caves are man-made - created by mining for glass sand. No miners now but a colony of bats has moved in.

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Tham Lum Khao Ngu, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Tham Lum Khao Ngu, Kanchanaburi, Thailand Via Amazing photographs of huge cave ...
Snake Mountain cave houses the world's tallest cave column - a monolith that stands a staggering 62 meters.

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Lascaux Caves, MONTIGNAC, France

Lascaux Caves, MONTIGNAC, France Via The 9 Most Stunning Cave ...
Lascaux is the home of amazing Paleolithic cave paintings.

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Cango Caves, Western Cape, South Africa

Cango Caves, Western Cape, South Africa Via BelAfrique - South Africa
One of the popular attractions of South Africa, the caves extend for 4 kilometers.

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Deer Cave, Miri, Malyasia

Deer Cave, Miri, Malyasia Via You travel all around the ...
This cave received its name from the deer that came to lick its salt-bearing rocks and used it as their shelter.

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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the Philippines

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the Philippines Via Palawan Philippines
One of the recently announced new Wonders of the World.

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Majlis Al Jinn Cave, Oman

Majlis Al Jinn Cave, Oman Via My travel bucket list
The 9th largest cavern in the world.

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Cave of the Ghost, CANAIMA National Park, Venezuela

Cave of the Ghost, CANAIMA National Park, Venezuela Via Amazing ✈ World
Geologists are undecided if this is a cave or a collapsed gorge.

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