The world is known for many wonders – most especially in the field of geology. From high mountain ranges, to underwater volcanoes, to wide expanse of deserts and tropical rainforests, it is undeniable that the world has a lot to offer when it comes to natural beauty. Apart from these natural wonders, caves are also very popular among locals and tourists alike. These caves represent not only the beauty of nature at its finest but also history and unique flora and fauna. Spelunking, or caving in layman’s terms, is one of the most lucrative tourist draws for many countries all over the world – with the beauty of staring at natural formations of stalactites and stalagmites attracting people from all walks of life to come and explore.
This list dishes to you the top 10 most famous caves around the world. So, how many of these caves were you able to visit already?
10. Painted Cave – California, United States of America
This cave is not painted at all. However, the combination of rock colors, algae, grass, and direct sunlight have enabled the cave to display a multitude of colors that are enchanting as they are utterly fantastic. Located at Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California, visitors flock here just to be able to take a picture of this magical cave up close.
9. Fingal’s Cave – Scotland, United Kingdom
This cave is located in Staffa island in the Inner Hebrides and was formed thru ancient volcanic activity and the movement of the waves of the ocean. The cave is not only picturesque, but truly offers a unique experience for the visitor. The beauty of the cave formations and the sound of the waves of the sea are just pure magic.
8. Caverns of Sonora – Texas, United States of America
This cave is one of the most majestic that one can ever find and visit in the United States and the people of Texas are very proud of it. The crystalline formations are just simply fantastic to look at as your imagination conjures different images when one looks at the formations. Sadly, past visitors have vandalized the cave.
7. Cave of Swallows – Mexico
The Cave of Swallows is formed by the accumulation of limestone and other geological events which took many, many years. It is also used for BASE camping and even bungee jumping, as the cave is said to be as large and as tall as a skyscraper. It also has the largest cave shaft in the world.
6. Waitomo Glow Worm Caves – New Zealand
They say that a trip in these caves is just pure bliss and a truly unforgettable experience. The cave is home to the luminescent worm caves that attract their prey by being luminescent. A point of caution for the visitor is that the cave can smell a little off at time because of the gooey that these worms secrete.