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Caves in Bermuda were first discovered during the early colonization in 1600s. It is heard that Sir George Somers who came ashore after his ship Sea Venture got wrecked near Bermuda’s shore in 1609, was the first to discover the Prospero’s Cave, located on Grotto Bay Beach Resorts Property, this is now our Natura Spa. However Captain John Smith was the first to make a published reference of a Bermudian cave in 1623.
Underground lakes and inspiring stalactites and stalagmites can be found in caves all throughout Bermuda. With the Cathedral Cave only steps from your room, you can unleash the casual spelunker in you or opt for the full adrenaline rush and take a dive in. Reaching depths of up to 30 ft in some areas, the cool crystal clear water is nothing short of rejuvenating.
Cathedral Cave: is open from dawn to dusk daily.
Grotto Bay Cathedral Cave Swiming
Weekly Cave Tour
Located in Hamilton Parish, Admiral’s Cave is one of the largest dry caves in Bermuda. The cave has one large sink hole entrance and two other smaller entrances. There are several lakes inside which are connected to the sea through underground passages. Admiral’s Cave is full of mineral formations, i.e., stalagmites that grow from the floor and stalactites that hang from the ceiling.
It is heard that the British Admiral Sir David Milne posted in Bermuda in 1800s had used his troops to send lots of these formations back home as souvenirs. In fact he sent home a stalagmite formation in 1819 that was some 3 meters high. Since then the cave is known as the Admiral’s Cave. After about 44 years, the Admiral’s son visited the cave. From a tiny limestone formation that he found in the cave, he derived that the 3-meter formation which his father took back to England would have taken some 600,000 years to have grown to such a size.
Admiral’s cave once had the only dog-tooth spar crystals in Bermuda. Although some attempts were made in 1800s to make it a show cave, since then this cave has been abandoned by Bermuda’s Tourism Department. So you won’t find any public guided tour here, however Grotto Bay Beach Resort has specially organised a private cave adventure between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm every Saturday where you will be able to experience many of the caves and Grotto’s on property including the Admiral’s Cave.
This Tour is courtesy of Hidden Gems Eco Tours and can be booked, for $30 per person, through the Guest Services Desk at the Resort. Get geared up for a thrilling adventure exploring the flip side of Bermuda! You will be guided into deep underground caverns learning all about the crystallized beauty which surrounds us.
Crystal Caves, Blue Hole Park & Tom Moores Jungle
Take a guided tour through the underground Crystal and Fantasy Caves that have great formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Crystal Cave also has a lake with crystal clear water with a depth of 17 meters. You can not do cave swimming here though without special permission. The guided tour of each cave takes about 30 minutes. The cave complex is located at Hamilton Parish and is a very popular tourist attraction.
Blue Hole Park & Tom Moore’s Jungle
Additionally, you can enjoy the caves at the Walsingham Nature Reserve which is only a 2 minute walk from Grotto Bay’s entrance. Either explore yourself or take a, private tour for our guests guided by Hidden Gems: Walsingham Nature Reserve Tour on Saturday Morning at 9:00 am we head into the famed Blue Hole Hill National Park and Tom Moore’s Jungle filled with national birds, trees, and large lagoons with tropical fish. Many caves lie beneath us as we trek across the crystallized rock formations. This property also has a rich history that dates back to when the first settlers arrived on the island over 400 years ago.