Pioneers, they never say die/A mile up the road there’s a hidden cave—The New Christy Minstrels, “Three Wheels on My Wagon” (1962)
Where are the world’s most beautiful hidden caves?
With all the above-ground natural wonders, we sometimes never consider what’s hidden ‘neath our very feet. Sometimes if you look deeper, you find hidden beauty. Here then, are five fantastic hidden caves:
5. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska, U.S.
This is one of the world’s most beautiful ice caves situated beneath a glacier includes spacious caves surrounded by slowly melting blue ice which creates flowing springs. Climate changes could destroy this natural wonder so see it while you still can. Then enjoy the other wonders of Juneau which is a popular tourist destination in Alaska.
4. Batu Caves, Gombak, Malaysia
This favored attraction is located 8 miles north of Kuala Lumpur. Easily accessible via a scenic train ride, the location of the caves features a sacred temple complex. While the caverns are over 400 million years old, the surrounding religious site, complete with towering, enigmatic golden Hindu statues, was not founded until some time in the late 1800s.
3. Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, Greece
On the outside, the cave is surrounded by the forest. Inside it is a lake. One of the cavern halls leads to the surface. The daylight makes the water so clear the boats seem to glide on air. According to Greek mythology, this site is “the Cave of the Nymphs” but no one’s yet to catch them bathing.
2. The Waitomo Caves, King Country, New Zealand
Underneath a small village, there is an only recently discovered glowing cave system. It is reported to be over 2 million years old. The glowing effect is actually created by a large number of worms known as Arachnocampa luminosa. These worms radiate light and have been discovered only in two places: Australia and New Zealand.
1. Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam
This cave was discovered in 2010. It is considered by experts to be the largest on the planet. The word cave does not do this discovery justice though as here visitors discover a whole new (under)world complete with fossils, a jungle, previously unknown vegetation, a river, and waterfalls. It also includes unique “cave pearls” or calcite crystals.