Regardless of how they are formed or how secluded their locations are, majestic caves can always catch your attention. Not only do they serve as the habitat of some strange creatures, but they also house some mysteries that are waiting to be solved. So, if you are up for any extremes, large caves will be something you need to add to your bucket list.
If you are now planning for your next adventure, below are just 10 of the most beautiful caves you might want to visit:
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Glowworms Cave, New Zealand
As the name suggests, Glowworms Cave in New Zealand is home to majority of the world’s glow worm population. These odd creatures only live at the heart of the forests or in dark caves because other sorts of environment will not support their growth. Normally, they are seen hanging within the ceilings of caves and they create bioluminescent glows. These days, they are becoming among New Zealand’s finest attractions.
Batu Caves, Malaysia
Somewhere in Gombak, Malaysia, a limestone hill houses several caves and temples. According to stories, the caves were formed some millions of years ago. They served as the shelter of one of the country’s ancient tribes, the Temuan people. They were then named after the river that flows through it – Batu River.
Among all the caves here, the cave temple is the most popular. For the visitors to reach this place, they have to climb a total of 272 steps. This temple is quite complex as it involves three main caves with one featuring some Hindu shrines. The rest of the caves have been turned to museums and galleries, containing various statues and paintings.
Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland
Located in Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, the Vatnajokull Glacier Cave was believed to have been formed when glacial ice water compressed and melted millions of years ago. Because of the ice crystals and the air bubbles, the cave got its attractive blue color. Most often, visitors visit the cave during the cold days as the summer season is considered unsafe. At that time, glacier movements take place.
Marble Caves, Patagonia
The Marble Caves are located in Carrera Lake, Patagonia, within the Chile-Argentina border. They have the world’s largest marble deposit. Due to the continuous movement of waves for thousands of years, this stunning marble cave system was formed.
Whenever sunlight illuminates the water-filled caves, incredible visual effects take place. Also, the caves are becoming extremely popular due to the varying water levels at different time intervals.
Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Located in Quang Binh Province of Vietnam, the Son Doong Cave, which means mountain river cave, is the world’s largest and most amazing cave. It was formed by constant movement of river, which caused the lime stones from underneath the mountain to erode about two to five million of years ago.
Legends say that a man named Ho-Khanh first discovered the caved in 1191. The first survey was conducted by a British cave research team in 2009.
While this cave has a height of 150 meters and a length of 9 kilometers, the underground river that flows here has a length of 1.6 kilometers. As you travel the cave, you can hear the whistling sound of the river. Son Doong Cave links a total of 150 individual caves, lakes, an underground river, and dense jungles.
In order to explore the cave, the company called Oxalis asks tourists to pay $3,000. And, before you can reach its location, guests have to walk one and a half day across the jungle and pass through dense forest.
Cave System, Algarve, Portugal
Due to the continuous movement of sea waves over huge rocks, the Cave system in Algarve, Portugal was formed. The only way to reach this cave is by water travel. Although it has three main openings, its most attractive part is that within the coastline of Algarve, where the clear blue waters can be seen.
Tham Lod Cave, Thailand
The Tham Lod Cave is found in Mae Hong Son province of Northern Thailand. Locals say that the carvings within the cave are made by the ancient lawa people of Thailand, who are also believed to have lived here for a long time because of the clay pottery works and some other tools discovered by archaeologists. Aside from that, there are also ancient drawings found within the cave’s walls.
Overall, the cave runs 1.6 kilometers longs, with plenty of stalagmites and stalactites. The whole area is surrounded by small passageways and forests. By the time visitors reach the interior of the cave, they will be welcomed by a variety of bird species.
Ice Cave, Mutnovsky Volcano, Russia
Located near Mutnovsky volcano in Russia, a beautiful ice cave was formed. This was created after a series of streams flow through glacier fields, near Mutnovsky volcano. Though this cave has a length of only 300 meters, it still features a variety of colors inside. During the hot summer days, the cave’s roof becomes transparent.
Reed Flute Cave, China
The Reed Flute Cave is by far among the most attractive sites China has to offer. It was first discovered in 792 AD. The cave has since become very popular due to the varying rock formations and vast number of stalactites in the inner part of the cave.
Naica Mine, Mexico
Known for its beautiful selenite crystal deposits, the Naica Mine is home to the world’s largest natural crystals. This cave was discovered accidentally during a mining process in 2000, about 1,000 feet below a limestone host rock. Because the cave is vulnerable to high heat, it has been closed for visitors.
Reports say that the largest crystal discovered here was about 500,000 years of age. The gigantic crystals, which are formed due to the heating and cooling from the depth of Earth, are believed to be softer than the finger nails of human beings. The crystal pillars of the cave is made of gypsum.