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Top 10 Incredible Underground Caves

by Katie Sorene

A lot of cool stuff goes on under the ground. Check out these 10 amazing underground caves that will makes you think twice about what’s beneath your feet!

I remember learning about stalagmites and stalactites in school. Stalactites on top – tights go up, remember??

Anyway, the lessons weren’t a patch on the real thing. Check out these 10 incredible underground caves, Physics at it’s finest!

1. Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China

China

Ian Sewell

2. Cheddar Caves, Somerset, UK

Cheddar
Andrew Stawarz

3. Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, US

Carlsbad

 

Dave Bunnell

 

4. Waikato, New Zealand

Waikato

Antoine Hubert

5. Grotte de l’Aven d’Armand, France

Grotte Silver

Coline Boitel

 

6. Lake of Dreams, Luray caves, Virginia, US

Luray

Idol

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kualar Lumpur

soham_pablo

 

8. Fantasy Cave, Bermuda

 

Bermuda

walknboston

9. Ice Cave, Nynäshamn, Sweden

 

Ice Cave

visulogik

10. Grotte de Dargilan, France

Grotte

Philip Larson


Been to any of these places?? Have we left some truly amazing caves off of our list? Post up your comments below and let us know!

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19 comments… read them below or Add a Comment

jessiev

WOW. these are just incredible. i have to admit that i don’t feel comfortable underground. still, seeing these would make it worth the trip! thanks for sharing!

Carrie
Jensen | ChinaBlog
Andrew

Great list!

Does a salt mine count? If so then add the The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, Poland to that list.

Here is my review of the mine with tons of pics:

http://www.thebrooklynnomad.com/?p=2326

Cheers!

Andrew

Jon - The DC Traveler

Luray Caverns in Virginia are absolutely amazing. I’ve been a couple times, adn love it. Here’s my review on The DC Traveler.

http://www.thedctraveler.com/cool-off-at-luray-caverns/

Dave and Deb

These are incredible. I have to see that cave in China. Been to Batu Caves in KL and Saba Borneo has incredible Caves as well.
@Carrie, are you talking about the cave on Cat Ba Island in Ha Long Bay? That was a great one as well. so many awesome caves it is hard to choose.
A lot of time it is just all about the lighting, but I tend to like the more authentic and rustic caves. Exploring them with a headlamp like we did in Laos.

The Longest Way Home

The underground caves in Sagada, in the Philippines are pretty amazing for underground traversing. Lots of rope climbing and getting wet. Very much for those looking for a great memory!

Jessica South

What about Ailwee cave in Ireland? http://www.aillweecave.ie/

Catalin

I’ve been to the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China and I probably wouldn’t have put it at the top of the list. It’s a nice cave, but the lights are slightly kitch (I’ve got a shot of it here with less colours: http://www.momentaryawe.com/blog/?p=710

One of the most impressive caves I have been to was Gomantong Cave in Borneo where they collect the edible bird nests.

Heather Dugan ("Footsteps")

I’ve visited Luray Caverns a couple of times and am quite intrigued by some of your other selections. Another wonderful cave system is also a US National Park: Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. We did a lot of underground hiking there last spring and found both the geology and history to be fascinating.
http://www.heatherdugan.com/blogNEW/2009/04/03/underground-in-kentucky-mammoth-cave-national-park/

Mark @ TravelWonders

Some caves in Central France and Spain (and probably elsewhere) have superb and ancient cave paintings of buffalo and horses.

Stephanie

I would Postojna and Škocjan caves and in Slovenia. Škocjan is a UNESCO world heritage site and creeping on a tiny bridge across the giant underground canyon feels like something out of Lord of the Rings.

Jeff DeWitt

Penn’s Cave in Pennsylvania may not be up there with Carlsbad but it’s an interesting cave and well worth the visit. It’s different from the other caves I’ve visited in that you tour the cave in a boat.

saterd

awesome!!!

saterd

what about the caves in bend on 27th street?

saterd

Could you e-mail the pictures of the caves on this site to me?
Please???

ray

How about 11 KM long Ali-Sadr Cave the world’s largest water cave in Hamadan, iran

V

Kaklik Cave, Turkey

mrs.devasena

wow !!!marvelous! what about andaman nicobar islands?

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