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.
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 3-hour tour now and be sure to bring your camera.
Please Note: Must be able to navigate stairs. Protective headgear provided.
Reviewer: Joann Fortier
We had an amazing time exploring the Green Grotto Caves - awesome tour guide into the caves who provided us wonderful history of the caves. Loved this excursion!
kids really enjoyed it and our guide did a great job of engaging them from the first moment
We had a great time and I wanted to add a little extra detail and some things that will help you enjoy. From your ship, you can look down at the Falmouth port and in the center of it is a little Information Shed. That's where you ask for your tour group. Everyone will be walking through the falmouth port and exiting on the left, you should walk through the middle and exit. When you exit the port, there is a parking lot to the right with a large white tent and a lot of tour groups. One of the reviews said they stopped at a local restaurant. Across the street is that restaurant "Ultimate Jerk Stop". I highly recommend asking to go there. You'll be the only tourists, but everyone is extremely nice and the food is great. Sitting at the bar you should indulge in a Red Stripe or enjoy a local rum (or enjoy a red stripe with white overproof rum added to it called a 'Steelbottom'. When we were ready to leave the driver was waiting and returned us with some fun conversation.
Reviewer: Kim Weisbrodt
The lady who picked us up was very nice and knowledgeable, I think her name was Carly but I’m not 100%. When we got to the caves, they were neat to explore and Kevin he guide assigned was excellent. He was an amazing storyteller. He told us the history of the caves but in such an interesting way. He was very enthusiastic and entertaining.
Reviewer: Richard Balfour
Driver met us right outside the cruise terminal. It was just me, my wife & 1 other couple so it was like a private tour. He told us about the country side as we drove to the caves. Our tour of the caves was also just a small group. Very fun & informative. Stopped across the street for lunch - Jerk Chicken was awesome. Then he stopped at a small mom/pop type store so we could shop. Saved $$ from buying in the cruise port area. Would definitely do this again