Caves Around the World

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Created 400 million years ago, this limestone hill is located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India which is dedicated to Lord Murugan.

Batu Caves: WikiPedia
Batu Caves: WikiPedia

Capricorn Caves, Australia

The limestone Capricorn Caves, located 23km north of Rockhampton, Australia, is one of the longest running tourist attractions in Queensland. The special thing about this cave site is that there is a fully naturally formed Cathedral where people can tie the not.

Capricorn Caves: WikiPedia
Capricorn Caves Cathedral: WikiPedia

Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves, Austria

40km south of Salzburg, Australia, sits this limestone ice cave; the largest known ice cave in the world. This 40km+ long labyrinth began forming 100 million years ago.

Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves: WikiPedia
Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves: WikiPedia

Ellison’s Cave, USA

This pit cave is in the Appalachian Plateaus of Northwest Georgia, USA, and has the deepest, unobstructed underground pitch in the continental US at over 19km long and 324m deep.

Ellison's Cave: Roadtrippers
Ellison’s Cave: Roadtrippers

Fingal’s Caves, Scotland

This sea cave on the island of Staffa, Scotland, is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns.

Fingal’s Caves: WikiPedia
Fingal’s Caves: WikiPedia

Glowworms Cave, New Zealand

The Glowworm Caves, at Waitomo, New Zealand, is known for its exclusive population of glowworms.

Waitomo Cave: WikiPedia
Waitomo Cave: WikiPedia

Marble Cave, Chile

The Marble Caves of Patagonia are located of the Carrera Lake which is bordered by Argentina and Chile. The caves are on the Chile side with three main caverns to explore; the Chapel (La Capilla), the Cathedral (El Catedral), and the Cave (La Cueva).

Cuevas de Mármol: WikiPedia
Cuevas de Mármol: WikiPedia

Naica Cave, Mexico

This cave is at Naica, Mexico. It it 300m below the surface and connects to the Naica Mine. You may know it as the Cave of the Crystals or the Giant Crystal Cave because the main chamber has giant selenite crystals, the largest found to date being 12m tall.

Cave of the Crystals: WikiPedia
Cave of the Crystals: WikiPedia

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand

Located in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand, the Phraya Nakhon Cave exists. It has two chambers with open ceilings. The Kuha Karuhas pavilion is in the main chamber, it was built in the late 19th C CE for the visit of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V).

Phraya Nakhon Cave: WikiPedia
Phraya Nakhon Cave: WikiPedia

Reed Flute Cave, China

This 180 million years old limestone cave, located in Guilin, China, is known for the natural multicoloured lighting.

Reed Flute Cave: WikiPedia
Reed Flute Cave: WikiPedia

Sterkfontein Caves, South Africa

This limestone cave is located 40km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. Early hominid remains have been discovered here which has put this cave on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sterkfontein Caves: WikiPedia
Sterkfontein Caves: WikiPedia

Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Located in Quang Binh province, Vietnam, the 2 – 5 million years old Son Doong Cave is known to be the largest cave in the world, at 200 meters wide, 150 meters high, and around 9 kilometers long.

Sơn Đoòng Cave: Telegraph UK
Sơn Đoòng Cave: Telegraph UK

Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland

The biggest glacier in Europe, covering 8% of the country, is in southeast Iceland. At its widest the glacier is 1000m wide. It is described as giant waves frozen in time, however it does move, albeit slowly.

Vatnajokull Glacier Cave: NatGeo Travel
Vatnajokull Glacier Cave: NatGeo Travel

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