Harrison’s Cave Barbados

Jocelyn Murray May 8, 2011 No Comments


One of the natural wonders of the Caribbean, Harrison’s Cave is located in the heart of Barbados in St. Thomas, close to Welchman Hall Gully and Forest Reserve. This amazing phenomenon is comprised of a series of living caverns with underground lakes and waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites.

Harrison's Cave Barbados

Amazing rock formations throughout Harrison’s Cave

It is a massive stream cave system at least 2.3 kilometers/ 1.4 miles long, with its largest cavern, the Great Hall measuring 15 meters/ 50 feet high. The cave’s interior temperature is an average 27 degrees Celsius/ 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Harrison's Cave Caverns Barbados

Harrison’s Cave caverns and underground water systems

Named after Thomas Harrison who owned much of the land in the area in the 1700s, Harrison’s Cave was officially opened to the public in 1981. Because it is the most popular tourist attraction on the island of Barbados (bringing in busloads of tourists from visiting cruise ships especially), is it advised to book in advance and purchase tickets online to avoid lines and delays.

Harrison's Cave Stalagmites Barbados

An island of stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave Barbados

The tour itself is a very comfortable 40 minute tram ride with an informative guide who explains the cave’s history and formation, and answers any questions. The tram makes several stops throughout the tour so that people can disembark the tram to take photos of the marvels within.

Harrison's Cave Tram Ride Barbados

Harrison’s Cave 40 minute tram ride

The sparkling clear water from the island’s underground lakes and cave systems is naturally purified from the mineral deposits, and the source of Barbados’ drinking water. It is amongst the purest in the world.

Harrison's Cave underground lake Barbados

Harrison’s Cave underground lake Barbados

Captivating people of all ages with its geological splendor, Harrison’s Cave is one attraction you must see when visiting Barbados.

Harrison's Cave Stalagmites and Stalactites Barbados

Harrison’s Cave Stalagmites and Stalactites Barbados

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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