Green Grotto Caves
Green Grotto Caves
Known by several names that describe the use of the caves over the years, Green Grotto Caves is a large labyrinth cave system with a history just as long as its tunnels. Measuring 1,525 meters in length and 12 meters in depth, the caves are the island's most prominent natural attraction.
From the pier, your guide will take you on an approximately 30 minute scenic drive to the opening of the caves. Once there, you will descend below ground to view magnificent stalactites, stalagmites, and other unique limestone formations. Look up into the ceiling pockets to find several species of Jamaica's bats, including the Mustache and Jamaican fruit-eating bat. The caves have several sunlight holes that help illuminate the numerous chambers. Keep an eye out for various life forms, including snails and snakes. This extensive cave system also boasts a river and Grotto Lake, a crystal clear underground body of water.
Discover the caves' diverse cultural history, starting with the Arawak Indians whose pottery shards are still unearthed from time to time. Learn how the caves were used as a hideout by the Spaniards during the English invasion of Jamaica in the 17th century, and then used to smuggle arms to Cuba in the 20th century. At one point, the caves were used by runaway slaves, as well as a storage place for rum barrels by the government during the Second World War.
If you like mystery and adventure, you will love this chance to discover Jamaica's hidden underworld. Book this scenic tour now and be sure to bring your camera.
Reviewer: RAYMOND RUMSEY
Fun walk thru the cave. Small group that was ahead of the cruise line groups which was nice.
Reviewer: Laura Wallett
Enjoyed the trip to the caves. Our guide was able to provide a lot of information and knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Gary Welch
We arrived at the cave early before the buses. We had a private tour with a guide that was excellent. He engaged our two grandsons. It was a dry cave, we were used to wet caves.
Reviewer: G. Auguste
This was an educational, ecological, cultural, and historical, experience. Even though I'm using words I'd normally associate with a stuffy museum, my family and I thought this was a refreshing change of pace from your typical ocean, beach, water activity type excursion. Our 9, 14, and 16 year-old boys had a ball. This was surprisingly fun and intriguing! Our guide seemed extremely knowledgeable, and passionate about the grotto. He guided us through the tour using wit and humor. Even in the deepest and darkest corners of the cave the wife and children were never uncomfortable.
Reviewer: steven adams
Our Guide Radcliff looked to be a bit stern when we first came upon him. But he turned out to be a great and informative man. We were his only 2 passengers that day and still had no problem showing us a good time. The cave was very interesting to us but we love to explore caves and do so everywhere we go. We have one in Branson MO at the Silver Dollar City theme park that is as good as any we have seen anywhere. After the tour he took us to a favorite place to eat for the local to get jerk chicken, jerk pork, and curry goat. The food was very reasonable and very good. Little hint if you get the same chance the cat at the outside seating area likes dark meat but not white meat or skin. I think he is over fed. On the way back he took us through a mountain village so we could see how they look and so we could see a typical market. great day and very well cared for all day. Yardie tours look them up. We will next time we end up in Jamaica.