Our Trip to Harrison’s Cave, Barbados
This time two years ago I was mega excited about the imminence of our first trip to the Caribbean. We went to Barbados with my parents and it was paradise! Last year we went to Antigua and my parents liked it so much (we did too!) that we’ve booked to go again this year. We had a great time, and one of the highlights was going to visit Harrison’s Cave; a stunning natural cavern found in the central uplands of the area. It was absolutely stunning and surprisingly big! There are streams, pools and tonnes of stalagmites and stalactites!
Visitors are transported on trams around the crystallised limestone underground chamber and a tour guide points out the stunning highlights.
Harrison’s Cave is named after Thomas Harrison, a man who owned much of the land in that area during the 1700s. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, there were several expeditions inside the structure but none got very deep into its depths. In fact the majority of the landmark remained unexplored until 1970. It was rediscovered and mapped in 1974 by Ole Sorensen, an engineer and cave adventurer from Denmark. Two young men of Barbados also accompanied and assisted him. Harrison’s Cave opened to the public as a tourist attraction in 1981.
Here are some interesting facts about Harrison’s Cave –
- It is an underground stream cave system and is at least 2.3km long
- The temperature in on average is 27 degrees Celsius
- The Great Hall is 15 metres tall
- It is an active cave as it carries water
- The stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave are growing by less than the thickness of paper each year, but this is considered fast in geological terms
Have you paid a visit to Harrison’s Cave, Barbados, or the Caribbean? What’s your destination of choice? For more information on Harrison’s Cave visit Harrisonscave.com