If you're looking for an adventure that will bring out the “Indiana Jones” in you, then you should try caving. Read on and explore some of the best caverns in the world!
Caving | Exploring The Underworld
Caving or some may call it “spelunking”, is indeed a thriving recreational activity. Gutsy travelers, hardcore outdoor adventurers, fearless photographers and even dauntless curiosity-seekers are itching to explore these caves. Some have features such as walkways with handrails and lights that brighten rock formations yet there are still caves unknown to many and waiting to be explored. Below is a list of stunning caves that will make visitors feel they're in another world.
Puerto-Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa in the island of Palawan, Philippines is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will definitely thrive on every outdoorsman and spelunking aficionado's interests. This subterranean waterway will lead visitors to a world filled with rugged stalactites and astonishing rock formations.
Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is the world's longest cave stretching at around 400 miles. It is one of the most convenient, accessible, and impressive underground spots in the U.S. With highlights like the translucent blind cave fish and seemingly unending chambers and tunnels make Mammoth Cave a popular destination for novice spelunkers, tourists, and geological spectacle seekers.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Gunung Mulu National Park lies deep in the jungle of Borneo and it constantly drawing worldwide caving expeditions. Spelunkers trek to the recently discovered Sarawak Chamber, the world's biggest cave chamber. Guides and permits are obliged if you want to explore the cave in depth.
Phong Nha Cave
Phong Nha Cave is the second largest cave in Vietnam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spelunkers will have a lot of options to choose from because this park offers more than 300 caves. But despite its enormous underground, tourists are only permitted in the first mile of the Pho Nha's tunnels. People who are into geology will be fascinated with its limestone rocks scattered along with other types of rocks.
People don't only visit the Caribbean Island of Barbados for their pristine waters and sandy beaches but also because of Harrison's Cave. This cave is one of the major attractions of the island. Its chambers are made of limestone rocks through water erosion over thousands of years and this process developed many tunnels filled with multicolored rocks. The Seussian shapes of stalagmites and stalactites add more attraction to the cave.
Switzerland is the home of the second largest cave system in the world, the Holloch Caverns. It stretches as far as 118 miles and has the features novice and advanced spelunkers are looking for. For nearly a million years, water had made an awesome performance underground and transformed the cave into its present appearance.
Another popular caving or spelunking destination in the U.S. is the Carlsbad Caverns. It lies in the mountains of Guadalupe in New Mexico. It took thousands of years of erosion to form the remarkable, cartoon-like rock structures throughout the whole cave. Carlsbad Caverns is also the home of one of the biggest underground chambers in the world.
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Caving will give you an experience like no other. These astonishing and remarkable rock formations will absolutely capture not just your imagination but also your ever-wandering soul. If you haven't tried spelunking or caving, then now is the time!
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