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Harrisons Cave Barbados

Regarded as the eighth wonder


Harrisons Cave Barbados is the most popular attraction in Barbados, you only have visit to see why. So if you have time to see only one attraction while on vacation on the island make sure it is the cave. Through out this site we have referred to the natural beauty of the island. Its near perfect weather, its spectacular white sand beaches, its tantalizing turquoise waters, its magnificent coral gardens and of course the warmth and friendliness of the people.

In this section of the site we take a look at Harrisons Cave appropriately describe as the eighth wonder of the world. The cave is a unique natural phenomenon that dates back to the 18th century. It was re-discovered in the 1970’s by Ole Sorensen a Danish cave explorer.

Since then thousands of people have past through the cave each year... It is our favourite Barbados attraction we’ve visited time and time again to reflect and to rejuvenate ourselves. So this particular visit of the cave it was no different.

It was a long weekend and we had a rental from one of the island’s popular car rental companies... not just any rental we had gotten ourselves a 4x4 jeep..  

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Our Fascination With Harrisons Cave Barbados

As we set off in the rental the kids were really excited. We had visited numerous Barbados attractions but the one they were most fascinated by was Harrisons Cave. As we drove through the lush rolling hills of central Barbados listening to the kids made me realize that the excitement was contagious. I was beginning to feel very excited as well... Just remembering the spectacular natural beauty that lie beneath was overwhelming.

Eight wonder of the world I thought to myself... and as I reflected on this I thought they sure got this description right. You’ll have to visit this attraction to fully understand the awesome features of this underground limestone cavern.

Measuring approximately three miles long this geological wonder presents an incredible sight. Icicle shape stalactites hang from the roof of the cave while rising from the floor are some impressive stalagmites... But the stalactites and stalagmites are not the most impressive features of this magnificent cave. As I reflect on the last visit the most impressive sight was the Great Hall.

In this serene section often referred to as the cathedral the stalagmite formations stand in clusters and the calcite formation take on different shapes. There is also a section known as the village where the stalagmite formations resemble a group of people standing around. A number of other outstanding features exist within Harrisons Cave.


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What You Will See At Harrisons Cave Barbados

There are double cascading waterfalls that plunge to the floor and disappear under the passageway.
You will see what is believed to be the original streams that form the cave many centuries ago... You will also see the Mirror Lake formed by a large pool whose surface reflects the intricate and complex details of the Great Hall.

So as we park the vehicle I wondered what for me was the most fascinating feature of the cave... was it the amazing geological formations? Was it the glimmering light that some how seem to bounce off the pure white formation or was it simply the complex nature of this underground cavern?

I could not put my finger on what it was... but as the tour began and the tram cruise along the illuminated hallways it suddenly came to me... It was the tranquility. The peace and serenity on the ride was amazing. In fact it was so quiet it seem sacred.

And as the kids gazed in wonder at the magnificent cavern the look on their faces was another reminder why this attraction is a must see.



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