Caving or spelunking is an amazing experience for adventurers who want to explore the underground world. Technology opened the door to better experiences for cavers who are now able to discover virgin caves and to go deeper in the ground. However, an awesome caving experience does not necessarily have to mean deep and hardly accessible caves.
The subterranean landscapes and the artifacts in the caves attract more and more people to this wonderful adventure so we decided to tell you about the world’s most beautiful caves:
Puerto-Princesa Underground River, Philippines
Puerto-Princesa Underground River is one of the most interesting caving destinations in the world and it is an underground world dominated by water. The wonderful waterway, the magnificent stalactites and the amazing rock formations create a beautiful subterranean landscape that shouldn’t be missed by cavers. Puerto-Princesa Underground River is located in Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
Cango Caves, South Africa
An accessible but nonetheless impressive caving destination in South Africa, Cango Caves is actually a cave complex where the large chambers of the caverns host some incredibly stunning stalagmites.
Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
New Zealand is a famous destination among people who are attracted by the underground world and Waitomo Glowworm Cave is probably the most popular cave choice due to the unique inhabitants. The glowworms create amazing light patterns in the cave because of their luminescent bodies. In some chambers of the cave, the glowworm hang from the walls creating a mysterious lighting that is fascinating for every visitor. Another amazing thing about Waitomo Glowworm Cave is that it allows boat trips through the grotto chamber and crawling expeditions for those who want to explore the less visited chambers of the cave.
Barton Creek Cave, Belize
The cave is not only an incredibly beautiful destination with amazing rock formations and beautiful underground waterways but also a place with unique history and domed chambers that were used as a burial place in the past by the ancient Mayans who considered Barton Creek Cave the “underworld”
Phong Nha Cave, Vietnam
Located in the northern part of the country, Phong Nha Cave is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest cave in Vietnam. The vast underground network in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, the place where Phong Nha Cave can be found, has almost 300 caves. However, not all the caves in the area can be explored by tourists right now. The first 1.5 kilometer of Phong Nha Cave’s tunnels can be explore and the underground landscape offers amazing views of limestone rocks and other rock formations.
Mammoth Cave, US
Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world and the most impressive caving destination in the US. Located in Kentucky, the cave is almost 563 kilometers long and it has numerous chambers and tunnels that can be explored. During the exploration, tourists can come across translucent cave fish and other amazing underground wonders.
Sarawak Chamber, Malaysia
Gunung Mulu National Park is the place where many international caving expeditions are organized for those who want to discover Sarawak Chamber, the largest cave chamber in the world. The region is also home to the largest cave system in the Southeast region of Asia and it has more than 300 kilometers of cave passages that can be discovered by cavers.
Harrison’s Cave, Barbados
Harrison’s Cave is a popular tourist destination that offers numerous tunnels for exploration to those who love underground adventures. The unique shaped stalagmites and stalactites, the underground water that runs through the cave and the impressive limestone formations create a marvelous ambiance for caving enthusiasts.
Sonora Caverns, US
Another amazing caving destination in the US, Sonora Caverns is located in the state of Texas and it is a cave complex filled with various mineral formations, such as stalactites and sparkling coral trees.