Jamaica is known for its beaches and natural attractions all over the world. With Negril and Montego Bay, this Caribbean island nation is a great destination for beach enthusiasts and vacationers, especially those interested in all-inclusive resorts.
Jamaica’s unique landscape stems from its volcanic nature, with large limestone plateaus covering almost 70% of the island.
Take a look at some of the most beautiful caves in Jamaica.
Blue Hole mineral spring
As the name implies, Blue Hole Mineral Spring is often a hole covered with Karst limestone and filled with clear blue water.
The place is about 30 minutes from Negril and tour companies regularly bring a group of visitors here. Located 24 feet below ground, this Jamaican cave is a fun activity for both adventurous and laid-back people. Visitors can soak in the cool spring waters (35 feet deep, which is safe). Alternatively, it can be lowered using the ladder installed on one side.
There are places to sit around the spring and the mineral water is believed to be therapeutic. When the sun illuminates the hole, the water turns a stunning blue-green and it is almost impossible not to go swimming. However, if you feel a bit uncomfortable climbing the cave, you can also enjoy mineral water in the pool that is right next to the Blue Hole.
Located between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, the Green Grotto Cave is a completely different experience than the Blue Hole, named for the green moss that grows on the cave walls.Green Grotto, some of Jamaica’s most visited caves, is a large complex where the caves interconnect and provide top-notch attractions for history and nature lovers.
A tour of the royal cave usually takes about an hour or two, and visitors can see fascinating stones, limestone, and other rock formations. You can also take a look at one of the many species of bats that live within the fauna.
The interesting thing about Green Grotto is the fact that it has had many names in the past. It is said that the first indigenous people of Jamaica used it as a hiding place, similar to the Spanish when the British kidnapped the island and the slaves that later spiraled out of control.
Between the Throne
At the next cave in Jamaica, return to Negril. Depths here range from 40 to 70 feet, and divers begin their journey from the crevices of the reef formation to the throne.
Through it, you will enter a cave about 25 feet long and 8 feet wide. Inside, all kinds of wonders await. Colorful sponges, eels, octopuses, barracudas, turtles, koori sharks, snappers, red rays, and a variety of tropical fish inhabit the coral reefs.
However, the main attraction and the name of the dive site comes from a large orange sponge called the Orange Elephant Ear Sponge, which is a bit like a throne. These are between the thrones because they live inside the cave. After enjoying the scenery, snorkelers can swim to the other side of the cave and climb outdoors.
If you are in Montego Bay, there is no shortage of places to dive. The name Widow maker’s Cave may not be the most attractive, but it is definitely an exciting place for divers of all skill levels.
Those who choose to venture here will have stunning views of soft corals, red polyps, sponges, and many schools of fish, including angelfish, snappers, and foes. The shape of the cave means that you can dive from above or below depending on your level of diving experience. To return, you will have to go through a 10-foot chimney-like tunnel.
Our final destination is an evacuation cave, near the green cave between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, not far from Duncans.
Located on land, this cave provides interesting information about the history of Jamaica. The name comes from a connection to a runaway slave who uses Jamaica’s vast network of caves to find shelters and hide from the authorities. To get to the refuge cave, you need to do a little hike and then descend into the cave to find the spacious and beautiful interior of the cave.
Many islands in the region are volcanic, so there is no shortage of caves in the Caribbean. In Jamaica, you can enjoy a variety of cave explorations.