IMAGINE A PLACE THAT HAS REMAINED RELATIVELY UNTOUCHED SINCE THE TIME OF THE DINOSAURS. THAT PLACE IS THE CRYSTAL CAVES OF BERMUDA. Thirty million years in the making, the crystal caves were first unearthed in 1907 by an unlikely pair of teenagers. Carl Gibbons and his friend Edgar Hollis were in the midst of a game of cricket when one of the boys hit the ball far out into the field. Whilst searching for the ball, they realised that it went down a hole; a hole that seemed never-ending. What began as a hunt for a ball turned into the discovery of a lifetime. The owners of the property, the Wilkinsons, immediately went to investigate the caves for themselves, sending their 14-year-old son 140 feet into the cave by tying a rope around him. Today, descending into these crystal caves makes one feel like a time traveller. Stairwells and ramps have been cut into the natural rock, making the attraction more accessible for visitors. Stalactites and stalagmites in varying shapes and sizes have sprung from almost every inch of the caves. The air deep below is warm and humid. And a crystal-clear lake reflects the surrounding natural beauty and provides a glimpse into even more stalagmites hidden beneath the waters. Visitors can choose to visit the Crystal Cave or the Fantasy Cave, or travel through both. The extemely knowledgable guides not only assist you on your journey but also provide additional entertainment. Their recounting of historical events captivates audiences whilst they playfully point out interesting rock formations, like the “Buddha in Bermuda” shape that was formed before the birth of the Buddha in the 6th century BC. In the Crystal Cave, state-of-the-art lights glitter off the natural rock and visitors cross the beautiful lake via a pontoon bridge that rises and falls with the tides. Meanwhile, the Fantasy Cave shows off a completely separate display of stunning formations. And Mother Nature isn’t quite done with the caves. Visitors can witness firsthand as drops of water from the cave ceilings continue to flow down the stalactites onto the stalagmites, causing each rock to strengthen and lengthen in time. Who knows? Perhaps you may make a discovery of your own during your visit. Anything seems possible in Bermuda’s magical caves.
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