All around the world there are places to explore and adventures to embark on. There’s just so much to see. Well, we’ve came up with the five best caves for you to put down on your very own bucket list.
1. Fingalls Cave
This spellbinding cave was used for the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. Remember that scene where Dumbledore and Harry go deep inside a cave to find a Horcrux? Yeah, this is the one. It’s actually located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland on an uninhibited little island known as Staffa. This particular cave is a Sea cave. Sea caves are formed from waves hitting coastlines and eroding weak patches of rock. It’s unique as it is the only sea cave in the world to consist of hexagon shaped basalt. Fractured columns have created a pathway for people to venture deep inside the 227 feet-height chamber.
2. Jamenos del agua
These majestic caves are in the northern area of Lanzarote. They were formed from the Corona volcano’s eruptions from around 3 to 4 thousand years ago! These volcanic tubes have created spellbinding caverns for travellers to explore. César Manrique renovated the caves and transformed them into a popular attraction on the island. Walkways guide you throughout the caverns, alongside the crystal blue salt lagoon that connects to the ocean. At the end of the caves is a large auditorium, along with swimming pools, lush gardens and stylish restaurants. Within the underwater lagoon, there lives a species of Blind Albino Crab that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Mendenhall Glacier is a thirteen and a half mile long glacier located just off Juneau in Alaska. Within the glacier there are hidden ice caves. To get to these caves, you’ll need to kayak or canoe over an iceberg-filled lake. Inside, deep blue glacier pools await those brave enough to take on the adventure. Global warming has transformed the glacier. The Juneau Icefield Research Programme has been monitoring the Mendenhall Glacier since 1942. Since then, it has receded almost two miles. The magical caves travellers ache to explore are a consequence of this process.
4. Promenthus cave
Also known as Kumistavi, Promenthus cave is awe-inspiring. It’s a stunning natural wonder full of waterfalls, cave pearls, stalactites and stalagmites. It’s so large that only one tenth of the cave is open to the public. The walkway is over half a mile long and takes over an hour to complete. It was discovered in 1984 and almost immediately transformed for tourists to explore. LED lights are scattered throughout the cave, creating rays of light throughout the journey. There is also the option of taking a boat tour along the underground lake. You’ll find this beautiful cave in the Georgian town of Tskhaltubo.
5. Melisanni Cave
This cave is truly magical. Located in Karavomilo, Greece, it is a geographical phenomenon that was formed by ‘karstikopoiisi’. This is a mechanical and chemical process where water enters the rocks and creates hallows. Originally the cave consisted of two large chambers but thousands of years ago the whole cavern caved in. There are now two larger hallows connecting to form a ‘B’ shape. Sun rays shine through the first opening whilst the second is formed of a large arched roof. Similar to Fingalls Cave, Melisanni Cave is a lacustrine cave full of brackish water - a mix of sea and sweet water. This mysterious cave was discovered in 1951 by paleontologist Giannis Petrochilos. It was first opened to the public in 1963. Travellers can access this marvel through an underground tunnel and catching a guided boat tour.
Who knew some of the world’s best attractions were formed by earth itself. Forget visiting theme parks or nightclubs on holiday, we’ll stick to Mother Nature’s own creations.
By Simone Kelly - Online Journalism Intern