Visiting the Harrison’s Caves

The island of Barbados in the Caribbean is famous for its year round sunshine and great natural beauty, which makes this one of the world’s top travel destinations. If you want to discover the hidden beauty of this Caribbean paradise then you should make sure to visit Harrison’s Caves to take advantage of a rather unusual and not very well known site in Barbados.

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The Harrison’s Caves are one of the island’s most popular attractions and surprisingly this stunning cave network was lost for nearly two hundred years until it was rediscovered by Ole Sorensen and Tony Mason back in 1976. The caves were established as a tourist attraction in 1981 and since this then, the caves have been receiving a steady stream of trekkers and daily visitors.

Harrisons Cave Barbados

The caves were formed naturally by water erosion which passes through the limestone rock. This water here is rich is calcium and as a result, the buildup of calcium has formed a number of pretty stalactites and stalagmites, many of which have been built up to form unusual shapes over the years. When the light hits these natural rock formations they appear to glisten as if made from tiny diamonds and the effect is simply enchanting.

Harrisons Cave Barbados

There are a number of different ways to visit these impressive caves. An electrically operated tram runs through the caves and this is an excellent way to see them in comfort and style. The tram ride takes an hour from start to finish and makes its way past a number of stalactites and stalagmites as well as emerald pools, crystal clear streams, and an impressive waterfall. Trams run daily during the cave opening hours of 08:30 to 16:00 and this is an unforgettable experience.

Alternatively, visitors to Barbados can book a guided eco-tour of the caves. One of the great things about taking this tour is that a knowledgeable local guide is on hand to point out flora and fauna that are encountered along the way and provide information about the caves as well as the surrounding environment that makes this part of the world so special.

See more spots I am curious about in the Caribbean in my AFAR Wanderlist.

How about you? Have you been to this cave or any other really cool cave around the world?

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58 Comments

  1. Sandie W
    February 14, 2013

    Okay, the caves are kind of creeping me out! I know that they are interesting and carry a history, but it looks a bit slimy to me and I know I wouldn’t make it through without a barf bag. Sorry, just can’t stomach some things.

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  2. Mary Elaine Lagmay
    February 14, 2013

    Sometime I will come and visit this!

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  3. Maria Iemma
    February 14, 2013

    What a wonderful place. I will add it to my places to visit

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Maria, please do, I am sure you will find it to be an experience.

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  4. Elena
    February 14, 2013

    Especially in winter, looking at pictures of the Caribbean (even if it’s inside a cave) just makes me feel more optimistic already! 🙂

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Elena, I never thought about it that way…looking at warm photos when it is cold outside, great idea!

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  5. Catherine
    February 14, 2013

    Amazing what beauty lies beneath us! Will definitely check this out! Thank you!

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Catherine, I know, I am always amazed to stumble upon these things.

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  6. Tina Gaynor
    February 14, 2013

    Wish I were there! I LOVE rock formations-clouds—any of the wonderful sights to see!!

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Tina, my hubby loves that, check out some of my Utah posts – the rocks and clouds are phenomenal.

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  7. Jessica Fortner
    February 14, 2013

    Wow..I am in awe at some of the beautiful things created in nature. How fun it must have been.

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Jessica, I am constantly surprised myself. That is one of the wonderful things about travel.

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  8. Sita Madu - Wynn
    February 14, 2013

    Wow, its awesome and reminds me of Rio Secreto: Mexico’s Secret River and cave located near Playa del Carmen, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Sita Madu, now that you mention it, it is very similar!

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  9. Paula V
    February 14, 2013

    Oh how I love caves. We have quite a few in our state/area. I love the ones with water too. Caves are just so beautiful.

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Paula, what state? I have visited some caves in the US and want to do more!

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  10. Paula V
    February 14, 2013

    Southern Indiana. Have you been here?

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Paula, no but now I am intrigued, I need to check that out.

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  11. Dona Keyton
    February 14, 2013

    What beautiful pictures!

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  12. Casey M
    February 14, 2013

    These look so cool! I need to put this on my list of places to go!!

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  13. Darlene Jones-Nelson
    February 14, 2013

    Everytime we go on vacation we try to visit a cave. We stayed for our Honey moon (camped right next to a water fall) and we went on an underwater cave. Spookes cave in Iowa! I loved it. I would not suggest sleeping next to the waterfall to anyone I had to pee soooooooooo much.

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    1. Andi
      February 14, 2013

      @Dariene, that is so cool, I have been to a few caves but not nearly enough, they are so fun to explore.

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  14. Sandra Beeman
    February 14, 2013

    I’ve never seen anything like these caves before. Someday I know I will get to Barbados and take a long look up close!

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  15. Christina Kelbel
    February 14, 2013

    The pictures are stunning, I can only imagine what they look like in person. Maybe I will get there someday.

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  16. deb p
    February 14, 2013

    I love the Islands, hope to vist cave.

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  17. Suzie M
    February 14, 2013

    What an amazing place if I ever get there I will check them out for myself

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  18. Maddie k.
    February 14, 2013

    I love stuff like this. We have a cave/cavern about 15 minutes from where I live and it is always fascinating to me no matter how many time I see it. The fact that this cave is in Barbados, which just conjures up warmth and pretty blue water right now in the midst of our snow and greyness, makes it all the more enticing.

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  19. Laila Husin
    February 14, 2013

    These pictures look awesome! I wish you posted more. Hopefully my family and I could visit this eerie looking cave. We love to travel. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Stephanie
    February 14, 2013

    Gorgeous photos! I love touring caves!

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  21. lauren p
    February 14, 2013

    Its amazing that these kinds of thinrtgs survive through all the modern world and it’s pollution etc. I think it is amazing and a beautiful blessing provided from God.

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  22. RANDY FULGHAM
    February 14, 2013

    LOOKS PRETTY SPOOKY AT FIRST–THEN THEY LOOK OK AFTER A WHILE..GOOD REVIEW

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  23. saminder gumer
    February 14, 2013

    looks really cool. i would love to go here. i love caves and cave diving.

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  24. Janet
    February 15, 2013

    I’ve never been to Barbados. I hear it’s a lovely island. I had no idea it had caves to explore, though. The Harrison’s Caves look fantastic in your photos. Thank you for letting your readers know about them.

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  25. MD Kennedy
    February 15, 2013

    These look awesome1 I have been a huge cave fan ever since my husband and I visited the Luray Caverns (http://luraycaverns.com/) a few years ago. Nature is phenomenal!

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    1. Andi
      February 15, 2013

      @MD, it is amazing I am discovering all these caves people keep commenting about that I didn’t know exist, I love it!

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  26. RenataS
    February 15, 2013

    I’ve never heard about these, when I think of Barbados it’s all about beaches and glamour. Great!

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  27. Teresa M.
    February 15, 2013

    I love the pictures. They make me feel as though I am there. We have caves on Vancouver Island that I have scene. They are really quite interesting to learn about.

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  28. Charlene
    February 15, 2013

    I’ve been to several Cavren’s in the United States and they are all amazing. You certainly can’t say “if you seen one, you’ve seen them all”. I recommend them to anyone.

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  29. Chelsea r
    February 15, 2013

    If we ever make the trip I will make sure to go it looks like real life magic.

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  30. Jo Ann Moffatt
    February 15, 2013

    I have been to these caves and it is simply amazing!

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  31. http://www.wicproject.com/everything-else/5-uses-for-bananas/comment-page-1/#comment-88610
    February 15, 2013

    ohhhh a romantic best datting

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  32. Natalie Erickson
    February 16, 2013

    Would love to go and see

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  33. deborah godbolt
    February 16, 2013

    what a shame i didnt read your blog a few years ago
    i was married in st james barbados and would of loved the visit the harrison caves

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  34. Dandi D
    February 16, 2013

    It looks so beautiful! I want to go!

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  35. Sherry J
    February 16, 2013

    Amazing.Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Jayme Hennessy
    February 16, 2013

    Our family enjoys visiting caves. I wish we would have known about these when we went to Barbados five years ago. We have said since visiting the island that it is on the top of our list of Caribbean islands to go back to and have an extended vacation there. Now we have even more reason to make it happen sooner.

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  37. Daun Richert-Slagle
    February 17, 2013

    Hi we have a similar cave experience @ Shasta Caverns, located just north of Redding Ca. I have also found several along A-12 in Big Springs.. They are absolutely breathtaking, just as this one. Thanks for sharing this review and the wonderful pics.

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  38. Karen Tecklenburg
    February 17, 2013

    I would love to visit these caves. We have done some here in Texas. These sound really cool and look like a great experience.

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    1. Andi
      February 17, 2013

      @Karen, what are the caves in Texas? I used to live in El Paso and I remember visiting caves in New Mexico, love to hear where they are in Texas.

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  39. almia
    February 17, 2013

    so beautiful , i want to go there so badly

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  40. Chelesa sims
    February 17, 2013

    This is beautiful.

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  41. kulsoom fatima
    February 17, 2013

    beautiful! places amzing views 🙂

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  42. Ruth Hill
    February 17, 2013

    I love caves, saw Wonderland in South Dakota and would love to see this one

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  43. Kate F.
    February 18, 2013

    That’s so cool! I’d love to visit a cave.

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  44. Wanda Tracey
    February 18, 2013

    I find this fascinating and creepy at the same time.I love that other people explore these caves and give us feedback and intriguing insights on what they discover but going in there myself just wouldn’t be me. However I was brave enough to go through the Bonnechere Caves in Eganville Ontario with a tour group and that was pretty awesome.

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  45. shantelle
    February 19, 2013

    looks very cool!

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  46. Stacey Roberson
    February 20, 2013

    How interesting! We love to travel and see new and exciting places. This would probably top them all. Great place for exploration!

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  47. Chrystal D
    February 22, 2013

    Those pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them. I’ve never been in a cave like that!

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