Our planet hides amazing caves that could be sets of fairy tales stories or fantasy movies. If you are planning to visit one of these destinations be sure to visit these wonders of nature.
Glowworm Caves (Waitomo, New Zealand): This cave is famous for the large population of glowworms – a kind of fly whose larvae are allocated on the ceiling of the cave and drop a wrapped silk thread with mucus and poison that produces light to attract their prey. In the darkness, we see only the bright dots on the ceiling of the cave, giving the magic feeling of looking at a sky full of stars.
Phraya Nakhon Cave (Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand): This cave is formed by two chambers with open ceiling allowing the rays of the sun to come inside. This natural light transforms the caves in a mystical and magical place. The atmosphere inside it is calm and peaceful, especially when there are not many people around.
Fingal’s Cave (Staffa, Scotland): This cave is located in an uninhabited island in the sea of Scotland. It is formed by hexagonal basalt and its size and ceiling of natural arches, along with chilling echoes produced by the waves, produces an environment of a natural cathedral.
Batu Caves (Selangor, Malaysia): These caves are inside a limestone formation almost 100 meters above the ground. It is considered an important Hindu religious site featuring statues and temples, and often holds celebrations and rituals. There are three main caves, with several smaller caves around. Some contain temples, while others are home to galleries with paintings and statues.
Crystal Caves (Bermuda): These caves have this name because of its clear water. It is so transparent that you can see the floor of the cave even at a point where it is 17 meters below the water surface. Experts believe that these caves were formed during glacial periods.
Reed Flute Cave (Guangxi, China): This incredible cave consists of natural limestone and is full of stalactites, stalagmites and unusual rock formations molded by the action of water and erosion over the years. It is believed that the cave has over 180 million years. Inside, there are more than 70 entries made in ink, which can be dated to 792 A.D., the Tang dynasty. Apart of its natural beauty the cave has its forms enhanced by multicolored lights.
Marble Caves (Chile Chico, Chile): Majestically carved by the waters, the marble walls form a unique landscape in contrast to the blue of the lake. The white marble ceiling and turquoise waters create a magical effect in the cave, known, therefore, as Marble Cathedral.
Neptune’s Grotto (Alghero, Italy): Discovered in the 18th century by a fisherman, this grotto lies only about one meter above the sea level and can only been visited when the waters are calm. Inside are passages of lit stalactite and stalagmite formations and a 120-metre-long saltwater lake.
Sacred Cenote (Chichen Itza, Mexico): Also known as the “Well of Sacrifice”, this pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site is one of the most beautiful places in the country. According to its story, pre-Columbian Maya sacrificed objects and human beings into the cenote as a form of worship.
Ice Cave (Skaftafell, Iceland): This incredible cave, that can only be visited in the winter, is formed by thin layers of overlapped ice on the slopes of the cave, producing the perception of blue color. The cave can be reached by a 7 meters high entrance but it finishes with only 1, 2 meters.