Coconut tree at the grounds of Harrison’s Cave
#ALifeInTheDayInBarbados. In my last post, I introduced you to the beautiful Rockley Beach, and shared some lovely photos romping around the seashore. I love the beach immensely, but aside from R & R, what is a vacation without a little adventure? Travel without adventure is something that I do not do. It is so exhilarating to experience natural wonders in various locales, even if it involves getting a little dirty or wet in the process.
On day three of our trip, we ventured to Harrison’s Cave. Named after Thomas Harrison who was a prominent landowner in the area in the early 1700s, the cave is a limestone underground live formation in St. Thomas Parish in the heart of Barbados. I am fascinated by the natural design and history of caves, so I was really excited to partake.
We had booked our outing in advance via our hotel front desk, and were all set to go with a tour guide on that bright Saturday morning. We met our van out front of our hotel at minutes after 8 AM, joined by a few other tourists, mainly families. We took an approximately 30-minute drive out to the site of Harrison’s Cave, all whilst getting a little local history of the nation of Barbados from our driver and tour guide.
After we received our tickets, we walked over to the visitor center and took an elevator down to a screening room. We watched a short educational video on the history of Harrison’s Cave, the geological shifts that have occurred over hundreds of years that have formed Barbados as we know it today, and more cultural lessons. Once the film wrapped, we exited the back of the theater to head over to the trams in which we would prepare for our tour of the cave system.
Once in our seats on the tram, we were taken hundreds of feet beneath the Earth to discover the wonder that is Harrison’s Cave. In our one-hour tour, we viewed the awe-inspiring calcite formations (in photos, the formations that are white and look like icicles) that have formed over thousands of years, the gorgeous fresh water, as well as the Boyce Tunnel, where equipment operator Noel Boyce originally broke ground in 1981 to unveil the cave’s natural passageways.
A little more than halfway through the tour, we encountered beautiful fresh water ponds. Our guide informed us that there was another package which was a little more hands-on where tourists were able to hike within the cave system and swim in the water. We were a little bummed out that we had not booked the more adventurous tour, but it gave us insight for our next trip.
Once wrapping our tram tour, we were back to square one in a beautiful garden area where some souvenir/gift vendors set up shop. I used this opportunity to do one of my favorite things, take photographs of all the beautiful plants and flowers. Above is one of my favorites, the ginger plant. It is the root of this plant that we eat and drink.
We learned so much about the history of Barbados, both geologically and culturally, on our tour of Harrison’s Cave. Stay tuned for my final installment of #ALifeInTheDayOf Barbados!
*All photos by Andrea K. Castillo