Stalactite chandeliers, delicate crystal soda straws, and mirrored underground pools are only some of the remarkable features of Bermuda’s evocatively named Crystal and Fantasy Caves. The best part about these fairytale-esque attractions is how very real they are as one of Bermuda’s top natural attractions.
Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave are indeed separate and distinct caves, but their neighboring entrances (linked by a landscaped pathway) and equally amazing geology means that they are most often visited together. Join a tour guide—included with your admission ticket—and descend down a series of wooden walkways, staircases, and bridges to explore the underground wonderland. Floodlights highlight the caves’ most spectacular attractions, including a fossilized tree root, while your guide tells the story of their historic discovery and formation. Make the most of your time in the area by combining a tour of Crystal and Fantasy Caves with other nearby attractions such as the beach at Horseshoe Bay, a Hamilton city tour, or a visit to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are a must-see for nature lovers.
- Plan to spend roughly 30 minutes in each cave.
- The caves are not accessible to wheelchair users to due the many stairs. Visitors should wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles.
- The caves are suitable for supervised kids.
- An on-site café serves snacks and drinks.
- Cruise ship visitors can look for shore excursions to the caves, as they are a popular tourist attraction.
How to Get There
The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are in Hamilton Parish, north of Harrington Sound in the lagoon-filled north of Bermuda. They are roughly equidistant between the cities of Hamilton and St. George’s, and only a 3-minute drive from Grotto Bay. While most guided tours provide round-trip transportation from Kings Wharf, if you have your own car, you’ll find parking in an on-site lot. You can also take bus number 1, 3, 10, or 11.
When to Get There
Crystal and Fantasy Caves are open daily (except holidays) from 9am to 5pm, with guided tours leaving every 20 minutes until 4:30pm. The area tends to be quiet in the morning, with crowds arriving in the afternoons.
Legend has it that two boys discovered Crystal Cave when they lost a ball during a cricket game in 1907—in searching for their ball, they crawled right into the cave entrance!